Camp Paideia Online

 

Queens Paideia’s half-day virtual summer camp is sure to engage and excite children from 5 to 12.

An innovator in personalized interactive education, QPS went full-throttle into remote learning. It provides a full school day to its students, who continue to learn, collaborate, make presentations, and socialize with each other. Engaging students online is an art and a science, and QPS wants to extend it’s know-how to families seeking safe, enriching activities for their children this summer. 

  • July 6–31, Mon-Fri, 9 AM–12:20 PM
  • Three 1-hour workshops daily—see below, with more in the works!
  • K–6th grade, very low camper-to-instructor ratio
  • Experienced instructors and artists
  • Orientation sessions to acclimate campers to online workshopping
  • $1,170 for 4 weeks
  • Afternoon enrichment and private tutoring available

Camp Paideia Online Open Enrollment

Begins May 27th at 10 a.m.

To stay informed, email us with your child’s age and current grade level.

Workshops

Ages 5–7

Each 1-hour workshop will run at least twice a week over the 4 weeks. Campers will choose up to 6 to fill their schedule for the month. Pending scheduling, they should be able to get most of their chosen workshops. There is a 10-minute break in between workshops.

The Art Challenge   Charge up your imagination to bring to life art and themes derived from environmental inspiration, art history, and reading responses. Brainstorming, making connections, fine-motor skills.

Campfire Sing-a-Long  Sing fun songs, play music games together by  a virtual campfire—BYO roasted marshmallows!  Singing, rhythm, group work. 

The Yoga Looking Glass  Yoga is both the inspiration and the obvious next step in these explorations of symbols, patterns, social-emotional awareness, and storytelling. Each week, a different theme. Fine and gross motor, making connections, concept building. 

Julia’s Book Club   Read-alouds of different genres of children’s books + discussion and writing. Learn how a book is made (components) and make one yourself! Discussion, comprehension, writing basics, fine-motor skills.

Minecraft I   Learn to survive and to craft  basic structures/systems (houses, farms, etc.), all in a build-up to a village, castle, or farm. Skills and aims adapted to campers’ pace, verve, and penchant for storytelling.  Brainstorming, problem-solving, team cooperation.

Paper   Origami, crafts, airplanes—this will be a mini-master class in learning how to work within certain parameters in order to bring forth creativity of design, color, and imagination. Following instructions, fine-motor, planning, learning from errors. 

Power Writing   A literacy stew of reading comprehension tasks, creative flash writing, and persuasive pieces to push the skills and imaginations of budding writers. Reading comprehension, paragraph writing, proofreading, handwriting.

Puzzle you this!   Solve puzzles, decode math patterns, and play high-energy (but low-stakes) games. Puzzlers will leave each day wanting more! Thinking skills, active responding, social interaction.

More workshops are being created and will be posted before early June.

Ages 8-9

 Each 1-hour workshop will run at least twice a week over the 4 weeks. Campers will choose up to 6 to fill their schedule for the month. Pending scheduling, they should be able to get most of their chosen workshops. There is a 10-minute break in between workshops.

Amazing Animals   What makes some of our favorite animals and their adaptations unique? Learn all about them, and how to make scientific drawings of them. Drawing, comparison/analysis, ecosystems.

The Art Challenge   Charge up your imagination to bring to life art and themes derived from environmental inspiration, art history, and reading responses. Brainstorming, making connections, fine-motor skills.

Broadway Summer   There are four key elements of musical theatre: singing, acting, dancing, and storytelling. We’ll work on all of them, using music from blockbusters like Hamilton, Beetlejuice, and Wicked. Constructive criticism, movement, confidence.

Campfire Songwriters   Learn to write your own melodies and lyrics to ultimately perform with other campers at our final Campfire Sing-a-Long. Singing, rhythm, melodic writing, lyric writing. 

Minecraft II   Think: music blocks, mine-carts, pressure plates, irrigation systems, and on to castles and towns!  Think: team challenge. More advanced concepts, complex aspects of the game, and achievable goals. Critical thinking, engineering of practical concepts, problem-solving, team cooperation.

Readers Theatre and Voice Acting   Students read through plays, each an exercise in showing emotions through voice and how elements like inflection and punctuation impact sentence meaning. Reading fluency, comprehension, inquiry skills.

Slice of Historical Life   Deep dives into two historical time periods—their style of dress, food, architecture, customs, and more. Reading comprehension, paragraph writing, research and presentation skills.

Story reading EN ESPAÑOL   Explore crazy adventures and everyday life moments that run amok while learning vocabulary, practicing pronunciation, and having fun en español. Spanish reading comprehension, pronunciation, vocabulary, discussion.

Superhero Science   Explore the science that underlies your favorite superheroes’ powers—are those powers even scientifically possible?! Then, create your own science-based superhero! Storytelling, science writing, drawing.

More workshops are being created and will be posted before early June.

Ages 10-12

Each 1-hour workshop will run at least twice a week over the 4 weeks. Campers will choose up to 6 to fill their schedule for the month. Pending scheduling, they should be able to get most of their chosen workshops. There is a 10-minute break in between workshops.

Campfire Songwriters  Learn to write your own melodies and lyrics to ultimately perform with other campers at our final Campfire Sing-a-Long. Singing, rhythm, melodic writing, lyric writing. 

Literary Mock Trials   Justice for all! Fictional characters go on trial and members of this workshop act as their attorneys by using evidence from their “clients’” books to argue their case in court. Reading, persuasive writing, logic, argument.

D&D + Writing   A Dungeons and Dragons campaign with a focus on character development, role-playing, probability, and writing. We’ll discuss what makes a character interesting, the structure of a plot, and learn a great game! No prior experience required. Writing, social skills, acting. 

Movie Mashup   Want to write a screenplay and act in a film? We will view and discuss famous movie clips—what works; and not so much—do some improv to get creative juices flowing, and then produce our own Zoom movie. Oral presentation, flexible thinking, writing, analytical skills.  

Mysteries in History   Come explore the greatest unsolved mysteries, from ancient times through modern history, all around the world. History, geography, reading comprehension, discussions.

Smash, Boom, Best!: Debating for Kids   Observe and analyze some debates, and then stage our own, with full-on debate rules and protocol. Logic, public speaking, confidence building.

Storytelling EN ESPAÑOL   Dramatic body expression and fun voices will be some of the tools used for telling short stories in Spanish as la abuela used to do. Create a story from scratch and tell it to the world en español. Body expression, pronunciation, voice acting, creative writing, social interaction.

Tying-the-Knots: Friendship Bracelet-making   Start off easy (twists), move up to braiding (fishtails with 4 strands), and climb to the highest level of friendship bracelet-making: tying knots and designing with stripes, chevrons, zig zags. Fine-motor skills, multi-step directions, pattern reading, colorway design.

Weekly Book Club   Students will drive a discussion about new and interesting books, while staying connected with friends and making new ones. Outside workshop reading required. Reading, writing, social skills. 

 More workshops are being created and will be posted before early June.

Afternoons

Camp Paideia will offer private (1:1, 1:2) afternoon online tutoring (1–5 p.m.) for students who need a boost, have lost time in the spring, or want to move ahead because they can! Queens Paideia’s instructors provide feedback so that students can improve their skills and application, and they are responsive to what they see in the moment with their students. Additional fees apply.

Sage Music offers individualized online lessons 7 days/week for students who want to learn an instrument or how to sing. Sage motivates its students to practice, and practice well, and students get the instruction and support they need to grow into the musicians they hope to be.

Staff

Karyn Slutsky teaches discussion/thinking skills and originates enrichment content for K-8th grades. A former (and sometimes current) book editor, she is the Founder/Assistant Director of Queens Paideia.

QPS’s dynamic ELA instructor Jonathan Acampora has been designing classes and learning experiences for summer camps since 2010. He is passionate about reading, writing, music, theater, and board games.

QPS’s STEM instructor Brandon Glasgow brings extensive knowledge and infectious fun to any topic he broaches. He builds critical thinking skills in children and integrates math along the way, all while stoking curiosity.

Experienced in teaching preK–12th grade, one of Sara Boyle’s areas of expertise is incorporating creative expression into the study of history, current events, and general social studies.

Alex Piyamahunt’s master’s in Media Studies and love of video games meld in his educational mentoring of would-be Minecrafters. His also-love of storytelling, acting, and games of all kinds is lifelong.

It’s unusual to find an art instructor like Shadi Karimi, who imparts greater knowledge and understanding of art while inspiring students to greater heights of creativity. Her impact is impressive in person and online.

Julia’s Bookclub became an insta-hit at QPS Remote because of Julia Warner’s commanding presence as a reader and instructor. She “owns” her classes with love and enthusiasm.

Sage Music’s committed focus is teaching, with patience, support, and dedication to guiding students toward their musical goals. All instructors are trained by Jason Sagebiel through the Sage Teacher Training program, with Sage’s operations and education facilitated by Matt Kaplan and Veronica Towers-Dioso.

A 15-year veteran of teaching musical theater, drama, and dance to children, including at LIC’s beloved Secret Theatre, Mary Lauren has a loyal following—both in person and now for her remote classes. She directs, performs and writes off-Broadway and on film/television.

Jaime Cubillos is a Colombian writer, storyteller, translator, and QPS Spanish instructor.  His creativity combined with his academic background and long language teaching experience result in a charismatic link to Latin-American language and culture.

With an eye on the cognitive, social emotional, fine-motor, and physical components of the elementary school experience, Danielle Medina, Fit N Play Mama, is a children’s yoga and fitness instructor. 

QPS college intern/learning assistant Hillel Mannis draws on prior stints as a teaching aide, camp counselor, and outdoor education instructor to bring about experiential learning in all settings. 

Interested in afternoon sessions? Let us know!

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