Learning Tree 2019 Summer Camp

Classes Descriptions



v  English:


         English Writing: This is a bridge course designed to maintain grade-appropriate or enriched writing skills over the summer break. We will be practicing both writing style and essay writing, and do vocabulary building with both core vocabulary and entertainingly unusual words. 

         English Essay Writing, Grades 5, 6, and above: Up your child’s essay game with this course that works on student skills in creating the different essay styles and constructing a knockout essay. Focus will include exercises in generating ideas, expanding details, and synthesis of sources.

         English Essay Writing, Grades 3, 4: This course introduces children to the essay, with basic instruction in creating the classic five-paragraph essay, essay genres, and the construction of good introduction, concluding, and body paragraphs. Students are set on the road to being able to write a good essay, whether it is personal, informational, or discussing a book or story.  

         English Writing Mechanics Camp: In this class students will drill in the use of punctuation and grammar, practicing the use of good style and writing practices that should be second nature to all students. We will use both exercise sheets and construct our own sentences, with discussion of the principle involved. 

         Critical Thinking Skills: Students need to be aware of the importance of critical thinking skills in the performance of both schoolwork and daily activities. In this class they will learn elements of constructing argument and analyzing arguments, as well as learning about a variety of logical fallacies and cognitive errors, which students enjoy mastering. 

         Vocabulary Camp: Good vocabulary is important to comfortable reading and proficient writing. In this class we will drill with lists of enriched grade-appropriate vocabulary, with practice in writing illustrative sentences.

         Mythology: The great stories and characters of mythology are part of world heritage, and myth-literacy is needed to understand much of the world’s art and literature, as well as parts of popular culture. We will be highlighting a different mythological theme each week, illustrated from better known world traditions.

         Classical Leadership Skills: Education in both the West and China traditionally involved teaching from the examples of great figures of history and literature. It is from such examples that leadership skills were also taught. We will use storytelling, discussion, and paragraph writing to help the class generate a list of principles of leadership.

         Research and Writing, Grades 5 and 6: Through discussion and practice, students will learn how to create research projects, do research, identify good sources, take notes through summary and paraphrase, and synthesize their work into a short research essay. There will be homework in this class. 

         Storytelling, Grades K,1 and 2: In this class, where both folktales and adaptations of more modern stories will be told, the primary object will be entertainment, but we will also discuss the stories. Students will be encouraged to help tell some more familiar stories and we will do fun speaking exercises to help the little ones speak in class with more volume and confidence.

         Poetry for Young People, Grades K, 1, 2, 3: Children will learn to enjoy poetry as we listen to and discuss some famous poems for young people and some basic poetry forms. Depending on the skills of the students, we also may try to write some poetry.

         Poetry, Grades 4, 5, 6: Students will listen to and look at a variety of poetry from down through the ages and learn some of the language for discussing poetry. We will look at different types of poetic forms and we will practice writing in some of those forms.

         Anthropology, Grades 4, 5, 6: Taught by a folklorist who teaches Cultural Anthropology at the college level, this course will be an easy introduction to anthropology, from archaeology to the elements of culture. Students will learn some basic terminology of anthropology, with examples from different types of cultures.

·         Journal Writing – EGYPT:  A JOURNAL OF DISCOVERY: Students in this class will be Archaeologists discovering ancient Egypt.  They will research this amazing civilization, decide on a geographical route of discovery and record their discoveries by creating a map and journal entry.  They may work in teams or individually as desired. 

·         Creative Writing


v  Chinese: Grades K – 6th, textbook: 

         Kinder: 儿歌,拼音

         Grade 1: 三字经,拼音

         Grade 2: 千字文

         Grade 3: 弟子规

         Grade 4: 论语

         Grade 5: 唐诗,百科


         Grade 6: 宋词,百科

v  Math: Grades K – 6th , textbook: Singapore Math Book





v  Dynamic Drawing

The basic skills of Drawing allows kids to express themselves and develop creativity.

         Drawing techniques using various types of Pencils 

         Drawing techniques using Pen & Ink / Brush & Ink

         Drawing techniques using Chalk Pastels / Oil Pastels

         Drawing techniques using Watercolors 


v  Outdoor Scenery Sketch – Class size is limited.

v  Origami

v  Hand Craft

v  Collage




v  Singing and Sharing

Encouraging your child to find their own voice is one of the special delights of this music experience.

v  Fun Music Island

Fun props and exciting instruments enhance the fun and learning and are sure to delight your child’s natural curiosity and enhance musical potential.

v  Stories and Rhymes

Learning to read books and learning to read music require many of the same skills, and we foster that early learning potential by reading stories and teaching rhymes.

v  Music Box

We add to the fun things to do with kids through special activities and different instruments that create new songs and inspire a greater interest in music and music learning.

v  Rock Band

Fun things are added in the class — Special activities, adventure themes and different instruments. Students are placed in a band according to age and ability, and depending on skill level, are encouraged to develop original material.

v  Children’s Choir

v  Flute

v  Recorder

v  Guitar

v  Ukulele



v  Ping-Pong

v  Capture the Flag

v  Dodgeball

v  Basketball & Soccer

v  Bowling

v  Crazy Balloon



v  Cooking:  Cooking Around the World




         The Incredible Egg

         Healthy Eating

Learn to chop, peel, mix and stir!  Basic nutrition facts about protein, fats and carbohydrates are discussed. Learn how to be healthy and fit by diet, sleep and exercise!

Tacos, Quesadillas, Refried Beans, Guacamole, Salsa & Chips, Pizza, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Bread

Salads & Salad Dressing, Breakfast & Lunch, Healthy Snacks, Eggs Scrambled, Poached, Fried & Omelets

Egg Salad, Deviled Eggs, And More !!!!



         How does your body work?

         How do you eat right?

         How do you stay strong?

This introductory health science class will teach students about the human body, its many systems, how to stay healthy and do it for life!  Most adults take better care of their cars than their bodies.  And yet, our body is a machine; an incredible machine!

Students will keep a Health Journal to keep track of daily lessons, learn about all of the body’s organs, how to choose healthy foods and why they are good choices.  At the end of the week, there will be a “Superfoods” party where students can choose and taste-test healthy foods.



         What does “Mind Your Manners” mean?

         What is Courtesy?

         What are “Magic” Words?

Manners are the ways we treat others and how we act in public.  Good manners show both kindness and respect to people you know and also to people you may not know.  When we have good manners we are polite and we follow certain rules that make us more enjoyable to be around.  People can tell if you have good manners by the way you talk and by the way you act.  Manners show courtesy.

Good manners are like magic!  Good behavior makes special things happen.  Saying words like “Please”, “Thank you”, and “I’m sorry” are magic words.

This class explores manners for every day, every day of the year, at home, in public, at school, traveling, playing, and anywhere else a person might be.


v  Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II


Go closer and dive deeper than ever before!  Two landmark series astound with the beauty of our natural world above and below sea level, using cutting edge breakthroughs in science and technology.  Planet Earth II takes you eye-to-eye with incredible creatures facing insurmountable odds in extreme environments, and on epic journeys through astonishingly beautiful landscapes.  Blue Planet II plunges you into deep seas, shallow lagoons and remote oceans teeming with extraordinary creatures.  Students will marvel at the wonders they behold!


v  Engineering Science Projects

         Potato Clock

         Dynamo Torch

         Windmill Generator

         DIY Wooden Model Solar Car

         Solar Helicopter

         Kids Friendly Circuit and More STEM Cool Projects


         Team Work & More Fun




v  Knitting

v  Animal Planet