To ensure the safety of students and staff, our summer this year will be different. Our summer program will be held online via Zoom with virtual hands-on learning, morning book club, educational kits, and live classes AND field trips! Students will only need computer access to join our program. We will provide educational kits for parents to pick up from our office weekly.
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The ConnectiKids Summer Program exposes children to information, people, places, and situations while combining an ambitious curriculum of academics in the morning with an afternoon of exciting and enjoyable enrichment classes. The academic component of the program utilizes an integrated curriculum based on the program theme.
These experiences help students grow socially, define their identity, and understand their personal strengths, interests, and goals while contributing to increased school performance.
This year’s summer theme is “Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World.” We will be discussing topics like how to be environmentally friendly, carbon footprint, urban gardening, STEM, and so much more! Using our educational kits, students will be able to get the same hands-on experience they would during our in-person program! Our virtual classes will be interactive and our virtual field trips will bring new adventures to your home!
ABOUT CONNECTIKIDS SUMMER PROGRAM: ConnectiKids Summer program is offered free of cost to Hartford students in grades 2-8 on a first come first served basis, the maximum number of students served during our summer months is 120. ConnectiKids helps our schools reinforce and reward students for attending summer school to get the support they need to be on or as close to grade level for the upcoming school year. We also provide students access to a full day of virtual equitable hands-on programming to keep them engaged.
Our summer program is theme based, with a variety of opportunities, practices, and activities used to provide high-quality content. Though the summer program theme changes yearly, there are five core elements that we maintain to ensure students are receiving an all-inclusive summer program. Our five core focus areas are social and emotional development, academics, focusing on literacy and STEM, health and nutrition, outdoor and physical activities, and exploration of self and their community, thus making a connection to what they are learning. The five central fundamentals of the program address the whole child, ensuring that they are strengthening their abilities to develop positive self-concepts. We also offer leadership and character development. This year’s theme is “Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World.”
We accept students in second through eighth grade from all Hartford schools. We serve 100-120 students during the summer. Students are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Students may be placed on the waiting list and will be notified when there is an opening. Our summer program operates from July 6th – August 7th, Monday through Friday. This opportunity is free for all students.
ConnectiKids will offer a full-day virtual program! The mornings will be dedicated to Book Club. Students will join our book club via Zoom at 9:30 a.m. and read a book that coexists with their grade level. Students will read The BFG, or The Giver, or The City of Ember. Every story contains lessons that will help students comprehend adversity and how society affects the world. Students will participate in enriching educational activities that correlate with the book and the overall summer theme.
After lunch, our students will re-join for the afternoon portion of the program and be separated into six groups based on their grade level. They will be taught Gardening, Cooking, STEM, Art, and our core class “Eco-Explorers” depending on the students’ schedule.
The Gardening class will be in partnership with KNOX. Lauren Little will provide the students with a lesson plan, and we’ll deliver the kits for students to follow along. Students will learn how to prepare garden beds, save seeds, harvest, make hand scrubs, among other excellent gardening skills. Lauren Little will also provide the students with a virtual field trip of the different gardens in Hartford!
The Cooking class will include all no-bake recipes to ensure students’ safety within their home. We will provide all the ingredients needed. Our students will learn about kitchen safety, nutrition, and the recipes they will learn to make.
The STEM class will be in partnership with NESS. Lauren Barber will provide students with lessons on earth weather changes and marine debris that will be taught by a NESS staff member. ConnectiKids will provide additional activities for students that center around problem-solving, creativity, and decision-making. NESS will also offer a virtual field trip for the students!
The Art class will create a creative outlet for our students to express themselves and their community. Students will receive a journal, pencils, and other art supplies to be able to not only write about their surroundings but also create them.
Our core class, “Eco-Explorers” will teach students about their carbon and water footprint, recognizing Biodegradable and nonbiodegradable materials, learning about nature, and making good decisions and inspiring others to do the same.