ConnectiKids, Inc.: Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World
ConnectiKids Office: 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford CT 06105
Riverfront Recapture, Inc.: 50 Columbus Blvd 1st Floor, Hartford, CT 06106
Downtown YMCA: 90 State House Square, Hartford, CT 06103
West Middle School: 44 Niles St, Hartford, CT 06105
Michael D Fox Elementary School: 470 Maple Ave, Hartford, CT 06114
- Academic Enrichment
- Educational Activities
- Environmental Learning
- Field Trips
- Health and Wellness
- Recreational Swimming
Ages Served:6–14 years old
Program Length:5 weeks
Start Date:July 6, 2020 (first session)
End Date:August 7, 2020 (last session)
Hours of Operation:9:30 am–3:30 pm
Participants are encouraged to attend the program for the full length. However, participants may participate in a minimum of one week; they can select specific weeks to visit or attend all weeks. We try to enforce the option of attending all weeks of the program as it is designed to support the students each week as they progress throughout the program.
Participating in the program for the full duration will help students in many ways. They will develop self-reliance and independence. Build new friendships, as the students are from different neighborhoods. They will also meet new people and experience different places based on our guest speakers and field trips. They will gain further knowledge on the theme and how to apply them to their life and community.
More about our camp:
The ConnectiKids summer program goal is to provide children with an integrated academic and enrichment experience based on a thematic curriculum during the summer months. ConnectiKids summer program is a full-day program that begins at 9:30 AM and ends at 3:30 PM. The program is broken into two parts. During the morning portion, students will participate in the ConnectiKids Bookclub. The book club offers students a wide range of books with stimulating class discussions and activities.
A core class is offered to encompass the summer theme coupled with outdoor activities and field trips. Core class activities; students will engage in discussions and activities that teach them about carbon and water footprints. The core class activities will help students to determine their carbon footprints by answering questions about their everyday lifestyle choices. Then they will engineer plans to reduce their footprints. Students will learn the connection between engineering and how environmental engineers often try to minimize the carbon usage of structures they design. Students will learn about their impacts on global climate change and how they can help the environment. They will also learn how we use freshwater in just about every process, such as oil, each pair of jeans we make, chocolate bars, and other uses of freshwater. In this class, we will review facts and discuss the ripple effect — every little action you make impacts our way of life. Also, students will plant 100% cotton clothing in our community garden to test the soil to see if it is environmentally friendly. In 4-5 weeks, they will retrieve the garment and compare it to items that were planted at the George Hall farm in Simsbury, whose farm is biodegradable and follows national farming practices. Based on the results, we will decide if we need to take action to ensure that our community garden is suitable to plant our food. From there, we will complete any changes necessary with support from our partners and the community.
To strengthen the student’s summer experience, we will venture out on field trips to the Lutz Children Museum Nature Center, Auer Farm, George Hall Farm, and the Connecticut Science Center. Visiting these locations will help us learn more about the environment and see how farms around our city are working to ensure that our foods and animals are safe. The Science Center will inform us of scientific changes and activities we can take part in, to better support our bodies and community. To wrap up the big idea of carbon and water footprints, biodegradable materials, gardening, plants, and making good choices, students will complete small projects and activities. These activities will include collecting and recycling water bottles, planting trees, and holding discussions with friends and family members about making good choices about our city and the world.
ConnectiKids, Inc. is Summer School Compatible.