Young learners enrolled in The Lab School of Washington’s summer program will benefit from intensive reading instruction daily in groups no larger than three students. Additionally, during their morning program, students will focus on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in math and will participate in a variety of activities designed to enhance language, motor, and social development.
Our signature Academic Clubs immerse students in themed learning environments. Each Academic Club sets a drdamatic framework for learning by creating an imagined time and place where every child plays an important role. Students experience hands-on, project-based learning designed to build language, content knowledge, and critical thinking with a variety of art forms. This summer, students will explore the history, practice, and future of agriculture and farming - come learn with us!
Blink hard and imagine yourself back in the 1920s — the Jazz Age — a term coined by writer F. Scott Fitzgerald to describe this amboyant “anything goes” era that folded into the beginning of the Great Depression. What do you see? Flapper dresses, the Cotton Club, speak- easies, Al Capone and Bugs Moran? How about the emergence of so many great artists and thinkers from Zora Neale Hurston, WEB DuBois, and A. Philip Randolph to Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, and Louis Armstrong? Favoring new ideas, the Jazz Age was a period of great political, economic, and social change; the Great Migration was underway and the Harlem Renaissance rede ned arts and culture.
Through history, literature, art, math, and lmmaking, you will immerse yourself in this “age of miracles ... age of art ... age of excess ... age of satire” (Fitzgerald, again) as you explore fractions and ratios through the study of music and rhythm; create art after learning about Social Realism and the works of John Sloan or Modernist painter Archibald Motley; and read a Langston Hughes poem or excerpts from The Great Gatsby. The Summer Project will culminate in a collabora- tive documentary lm that showcases your newfound knowledge and excitement around this exuberant yet roiling era.
The Lab School’s successful Summer Project is a transformative way to learn; it offers students opportunities to develop 21st Century skills such as working col- laboratively and taking ownership of ideas with all the ups and downs that come with bringing them to fruition. Focused on group process and individual skill development, the schedule changes daily, making this camp experience dynamic and unlike a typical day of the school year.