GREAT BOOKS SUMMER ACADEMY
Grades K-5 Chatsworth & West Hills

The Great Books Academy is Chaminade’s featured summer camp aimed at educating the whole child. Each day, students have an opportunity to exercise their minds, bodies and creative spirits. The Great Books K-12 curriculum is the cornerstone of the academy and is specially designed to help students become independent readers and thinkers ready for the diverse demands of the 21st century. Each academy student is enrolled in a 55-minute grade-leveled Great Books course which will be taught using the ‘Shared Inquiry’ method. This research-proven strategy combines rich texts and active, collaborative problem-solving that increases achievement in reading comprehension, critical thinking and communication skills. Each week students read, write, and create with a unique combination of three classes in morning sessions on both of Chaminade’s safe and beautiful campuses.

***EACH SESSION IS COMPRISED OF THREE PRE-SELECTED CLASSES ATTENDED DAILY BY STUDENTS. FOR A WEEKLY SCHEDULE OF CLASSES BY CAMPUS, PLEASE CLICK ON THE CAMPUS ABOVE. 

SCHEDULE:

AM Session: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30a.m. – noon
PM Session: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Extended care and lunch programs are also available.

Tuition:         
$165 per week ½ day AM or PM
$315 per week FULL DAY

Tuition includes:

  • Highly qualified instructors and excellent curriculum
  • Five days of fun and learning
  • All books and instructional materials
  • A healthy snack every day
  • A Be Excellent t-shirt

 

COURSE OFFERINGS (vary by week):

GREAT BOOKS
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
The Great Books program is a superb framework for teaching reading comprehension, critical thinking, vocabulary and writing, all in the context of students sharing ideas about great literature. The diverse selection of folktales, stories, and poetry in the Great Books program captivates young students and helps them develop the skills they need to become good readers.  Each week the Great Books class is offered with new stories, so no week is the same!

ART AROUND THE WORLD
Entering K – 2nd grade
Introduction to art from different times and places. Students create Persian miniatures, Japanese prints, Native American Kachina masks, and Byzantine mosaics, exploring how people from different cultures incorporate art into their lives. Students also learn to draw basic shapes, patterns, faces, and landscape using tempera paint, oil pastels, chalk pastel, and collage materials.

ART TELLS A STORY
Entering K – 2nd grade
Discover the story in a work of art. Students learn to analyze clues in composition to interpret the message of the artist. Students master techniques such as drawing contour figures, employing pointillism and printing repeated designs inspired by Polynesian tapa cloths

TINY BOOKS
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th
Students will explore the world of tiny books as they design and create original tiny books for themselves, and others, to enjoy.

SUPER SENTENCES
Entering K – 2nd grade
In this fun and engaging class, early elementary students learn to write and revise their own complete sentences with descriptive details. Gaining knowledge on the four sentence types as well subject-verb agreement, students write sentences correctly and with confidence.

OPERATION SUPERHERO
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
Calling all superhero fans! A fun-filled class exploring the world of superheroes. You will learn the backstories about different superheroes, the art that was used to create the comic book crusaders and go on missions to test your “super-hero” skills.

ALL AROUND THE WORLD
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
World cultures activities centered around different cultural practices and holidays not only broaden perspectives but also help youth appreciate their peers. From crafting mosaics to creating a Tibetan prayer flag, students will love world cultures activities which both celebrate and educate about the world’s many different cultures.

MODERN ART
Entering 3rd– 5th grade
Learn about artists who use abstraction to emphasize the importance of feelings and ideas, rather than trying to capture a realistic scene. Students draw abstract animals, sculpt wire into action figures, and stencil organic shapes while exploring the work of modern artists.

AMERICAN ART
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
Learn about the work of American artists throughout history portrays aspects of national and cultural life. Students learn how to draw proportional figures by studying painting techniques of the American Masters.

INTRODUCTION TO SIGN LANGUAGE
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
Exposes students to basic American Sign Language. Readiness activities are conducted focusing on visual/receptive skills and basic communication. Introduces basic alphabet, numbers, fingerspelling, and simple vocabulary. After the students are able to sign and read the alphabet and numbers 1-20, we will move on to basic vocabulary and conversation.

PERFECT PARAGRAPH
Entering 3rd– 5th grade 
This is your chance to get a step-up on your classmates before you return to school in the fall. The course is designed to help elementary students become proficient with the basics of creating an outstanding paragraph. Students will be exposed to the elements of writing including sentence structure, grammar principals, and vocabulary in order to develop the perfect paragraph.

ART EXPLORATIONS
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
Embrace your creativity as you are challenged to paint, decoupage, design, sculpt, and more in this all-encompassing art class. Campers will participate in daily and weekly art activities to enhance their creative side and enjoy the wonderful world of art.

CRAFTY CORNER
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
Explore color and design through the world of crafting!  Camper imaginations run wild as they build, glue, weave, and more.

WIZARDING WORLD
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
You have been accepted into the Chaminade School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Board the Explorers Express and come learn about Charms, Potions, and even Defense against the Dark Arts.  Find out where the sorting hat will put you!

WORD WORK
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
Find the joy of the written word!  Using rap, short stories, and poetry, and fiction, campers will identify the five elements of literacy and hone their writing skills.  Maybe you could be the next J.K. Rowling!

JE PEUX PARLER FRANCAIS! (I CAN SPEAK FRENCH!)
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
Learn how to speak French and explore the customs and traditions of the French culture. Explore France through words, geography, art, holidays and food.

POETRY IN NATURE
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
Explore all the beauty and inspiration in the world surrounding us through all types of poetry. Let nature spark your creativity.

SPORTS AND GAMES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
Each day looks at a different country and then the students play games and/or sports from that country.

TINY GARDENS AND TERRARIUMS
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
Throughout the week students will learn about habitats and ecosystems while they are creating items for their tiny gardens or terrariums such as miniature buildings and painting rocks. The class will conclude with campers having a new little garden complete with structures and plants made with their own hands.

MAGIC MEMORIES
Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th grade
There is no place better than the happiest place on earth.  Camper will discover the magic of animation, characters, food, and art all involving our favorite mouse on the planet.