Friday, July 3, 2015

Fall 2015 Patterson RAPS Application

It's time to apply for fall admission to Patterson RAPS! Any rising 5th-8th graders in the Nashville area are encouraged to apply. Patterson RAPS meets at the Wyatt Center on Peabody College's campus two Saturday mornings a month during the school year. We look forward to seeing some old friends and new faces in the fall!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Camp 2015 Day 5

Today was the last day of camp! We began with more logic puzzles and then we went upstairs to listen to more Trackers. We then had a quick snack break and played some more silly games.

Next, we read from our graphic novels and finished our videos. Students exchanged iPads and watched what the other groups created for their videos. It was fun to see all of the interesting, funny, and informative videos the students created!

After our video viewing party, we headed out for a field trip to Las Paletas in Hillsboro Village for popsicles. Students got a variety of flavors- everything from cookie dough to avocado!

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Last, we headed back to listen to and watch the conclusion of Trackers. Students went home with the sequel to Trackers, their graphic novels, as well as two new books of their choice. We hope everyone has a great summer with lots of reading ahead!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Camp 2015 Day 4

We had another wonderful day at camp! Students once again began with completing logic puzzles. They definitely seem to be getting easier for them as the week goes on. Next, we went upstairs and listened to more of Trackers.

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After sitting and listening, we took a restroom break and played some more silly games like "Ooga Chooga Ooh". Next, we read more from our graphic novels and then we went outside to enjoy the lovely weather and have a snack.

Finally, we came back in to work on our videos on the iPads using the Explain Everything app. Many of the students are making promotional videos for Patterson RAPS. It has been so fun to see what each group is coming up with! Last, we listened to another section of Trackers before heading home. It's hard to believe tomorrow is our last day. This week has flown by!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Camp 2015 Day 3

We are rolling right along! Day 3 of camp began with more logic puzzles. Our brains are getting stronger every day! After completing the logic puzzles, we headed upstairs to listen to more of Trackers. Next, we had a quick break where we played the game "Ooga Chooga Oo." Students stood in a circle and said the words and then pointed to someone else in the circle. If two people were pointing at each other, then they were out of the game. It was a lot of fun!


We then settled in to continue reading either El Deafo or The Odyssey in small groups. The graphic novels seem to be a huge hit with our students this summer. Some didn't even want to quit reading when it was time to go outside!

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After reading we headed outside to run around and have a snack. Students played their favorite game, "If", and one of the graduate students taught everyone a new game called, "Buddy Tag." Even though it was super hot, we had lots of fun.

Finally, we headed inside to work on our videos on the iPads and read another section of Trackers. It's hard to believe camp is over halfway over!