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

Enrollment for Camp Paideia Online

Is Now Open!

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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.

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. 

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.

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

The Virtual Garden   Queens Botanical Gardens is guest workshopping for the first time, bringing the bugs, flowers, animals, and other botanical wonders right into your home! Fine-motor planning, following instructions, social interaction. 

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.

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.

The Virtual Garden   Queens Botanical Gardens is offering its best workshops online for the first time ever, with twice-a-week projects that delve into animal habits, insect morphology, and plant wonders, and guided peaks into the miracles all around us. Project planning, critical thinking, fine-motor details.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Devon Meddock teaches voice at NYU’s Steinhardt School (her master’s in vocal performance is from there) and from 2018-2020 played the Soprano for the musical comedy hit The Imbible at New World Stages in midtown Manhattan. Her dedication to singing and teaching singing and her charisma are infectious for her students, in person and online.

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.

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