Summer Camp Courses - Grade 3-4

Reading

Third and Fourth grades reading is about getting faster and better at reading. Your child already has his/her basic reading skills in hand. Now he/she will focus on using them with greater ease. Students in the third & fourth grade continue to work on the mechanics of reading, especially vocabulary skills, and expanding the number of words that they comfortably use. They'll work on reading comprehension, learning and using strategies to understand, interpret, and evaluate text. Our reading class aims to:

  • Understand the meaning of synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms
  • Identify the meaning of most compound words
  • Make reasonable predictions about something they are reading
  • Identify the main idea of a passage
  • Identify traits of characters in passages they are reading
  • Summarize what has been read

The reading class is uniquely designed to emphasize students' reading comprehension skills. The class is taught by a certificated & experienced teacher. At the end of the session, students can summarize a story, use past experiences to identify with characters, compare and contrast various things, understand cause-and-effect relationships and use basic rules with quotation marks in dialogue. Students will read more smoothly and quickly, enjoy reading more, and have the reading skills and the confidence that will make next year in school a big success.

Writing

The writing class is designed to facilitate students in their pursuit of excellence in their writing. This class will expose students to quality written work by distinguished authors, and assist them in writing fiction and nonfiction including short stories, essays, poems, and speeches. Daily writing includes teaching appropriate word usage, incorporating "color"(metaphors, similes, analogies) in their writing, extending written vocabulary, using correct grammar, and other topics deemed necessary based on initial assessments. Students are encouraged to write, edit, and revise self-selected topics as well as writing to teacher-directed prompts. This class also covers applied language arts such as oral presentations, reading, and spelling.
Grades 3-4 will focus on creative writing as the students write stories, poems, and daily journal entries. They may also write in any genre on self-selected topics.
This class will help students dispel their fear of writing and foster an interest in writing. Students will work with the teacher and their peers as they discover the fun in the writing process. Drama and speech classes are associated and integrated into the writing class through the use of previously published work and their own work in these areas. At the conclusion of each session, student writings will be selected for publication in a class newsletter.

Math

The Math course will focus on basic math concepts and problem solving skills.  Dr. Li's math materials will be used as supplements for the class and home practices. By the end of this course, students will be able to master the concepts and skills to solve challenging problems. This course will help students improve their math skills in the following aspects efficiently and effectively.

  • Speed Math: To improve student calculating and numbering skills, Speed Math is designed to teach students how to process the four basic methods of arithmetic operations quickly and accurately. The valuable resource will ensure that students can proceed to understand more difficult mathematical concepts after they have mastered the basic mathematical facts. The teacher gives timed practice tests at varying levels of difficulty on: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division fractions, decimals and percents.
  • Word Problem: To help students handle complex word problems and develop critical thinking process, the teacher will demonstrate problem-solving strategies systematically. The student will learn a set of good habits of mind and acquire a set of thinking skills and problem solving heuristics. The non-routine problems will hone their creative and critical thinking skills to enable them to build confidence in solving visualization and application-based problems in mathematics.
  • Challenge Math: To motivate students in studying mathematics, the teacher will provide challenges to students at different levels - from average math student to gifted math talents (one who competes in mathematical contests). The teacher will provoke student desiring to explore and solve novelty and interesting math problems.

Drama

This class focuses on oral presentation and interactive activities. Students will work as part of a team and assume different roles based on a variety of scripts including humor, drama, mystery, and perhaps a musical. Every student will have a speaking part giving each one a chance to interpret a character with appropriate expression. Positive character and self-confidence can be developed and built up via class activities.

Physical Education

PE class will be led by a teacher in the school Gym. This class provides a wide variety of elementary physical education games, including cooperative games and activities, sports games, lead up activities, and more. The kids will be organized to play games together that will enhance communication and team-building skills, involve gross and fine motor skills, and recognize the need that kids should have a chance to run, jump, and laugh. The goal of PE is for everyone to have more active and fun.