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Elementary School Programs
The Connecticut Branches elementary school enrichment programs are developmental age specific. Some programs have an adjusted curriculum to meet the developmental needs of older participants as well.
An Introduction to Creative Thinking
Students will participate in fun and interactive activities that will challenge them to think in a creative way. Students will learn how to identify a problem and proceed through the problem solving process to come up with a solution. Students will participate in games and group challenges that will encourage a different way of thinking about conflict resolution and problem solving techniques.
An Architectural Approach for Decision Making
Students design structures using different materials. They will then build their structures and evaluate them. Engineering basics and understanding the
process of evaluation and how to apply it in their daily lives.
Who am I?
A Multi-session Self-Evaluation Workshop
“Who am I” is a session of several workshops, where students are assigned fun tasks to research themselves. Student will complete interviews of their family, and collect pictures and milestone items to use in the development of a
scrapbook of themselves.
An Art Class Integrating Digital Self-portraits and Other Art Mediums
Students will have digital portraits taken and will paint and draw over the
photographs to express four different emotions.
Play Me a Song
A Music and Motion Program
Students will learn what makes music different than sounds or noise. Students will all get their own kazoo and the use of a percussion instrument to make music together. Students will learn about different styles of music and the cultures they come from. Students will be encouraged to dance and move to the rhythms.
Good Touch/Bad Touch
A Child’s Guide to Appropriate vs. Inappropriate Touch
A program designed to inform students about how to identify the differences
between good touches and bad touches. Students will understand how to protect themselves from bad touches and what to do if they are touched
A Peer Interaction Camp
A week-long camp designed for young children who need a little encouragement to come out of their “shells“, or have some difficulties with peer interactions. Students will participate in fun, interactive activities while learning skills to help them increase listening and communication skills, read nonverbal cues, and become more assertive. Parents will receive a daily schedule outlining the activities and skills learned, as well as provide a daily “homework” activity to support the skills being learned in the camp. Students will have fun, make new friends, and learn skills that will help them for the rest of their lives. The empowerment camp is an award winning program in the state of Connecticut.
A Scientific Approach for Decision Making
In this hands-on program, students will
participate in fun science experiments using the scientific method. Through the scientific method, students will gain an understanding of an efficient process for life decision making.
How do I Learn?
Identify your Learning Styles
Understanding how you learn is the first step in achieving academic success. Through the process of completing short quizzes and comprehensive assessments students will identify their learning styles. Most people are surprised at results because they thought they had a different learning style. Students will then learn how to apply new strategies that specifically support their learning style. They will become more efficient at the learning process and experience greater success in the classroom and workplace.
A PSA Video Production Class
Students will learn the basics of video production including; script development, camera operations, camera angles, video editing, and performance. Students will self-produce a 30 to 60 second public service announcement selected from a wide variety of issues. The end product will be a DVD as well as web ready media files.
I hate you! I mean I love you!
A Parent and Child Communication Program
“I hate you! I mean I love you!” is a program designed to keep an open line of communication with your child as they enter into the difficult years of
adolescents. Families will participate in fun interactive activities to learn about each other in a new way. Students will break out into small groups as
parents participate in their own separate activates. After three sessions, students and parents will have a new skill set and “toolbox” to maintain effective communication, and have a better understanding of their relationships.
Get Out of the Box, Laterally
A Creative Thinking Program
Through an interactive team process, students will earn effective problem solving skills. Students will have to think creatively to solve riddles, team challenges, mysteries and world issues. Students will learn about lateral thinking and how to apply it to their everyday life. Through the process of thinking creatively, students will learn effective problem solving skills.
A Picture Says 1000 Words
An Intro to Digital Photography/Self Awareness
Students will learn an introduction to Digital Photography, in conjunction with a self awareness program. Students will be assigned to take photographs based on a different ‘emotions theme’ each class. For example, students will take 5-10 photographs of the theme “happy”. Students will then present their photos to the class and speak about the digital photography skills they used as well as describe their emotional response to their image. Each class students will have a different theme assignment. As they learn more about digital photography and feel more comfortable with the group their assignments will
become more challenging. The process of photography is used as a metaphor for how students understand their emotional response to the world around them.