Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 13 Meeting - Anchor Down!

We went to the Vanderbilt vs. UMass game last Saturday. It was so much fun! We met at Fannie Mae Dees (Dragon) Park and walked over to the game together. We walked back to the park after halftime to enjoy delicious lunches sponsored by The Dog of Nashville. YUM! Best of all, Vanderbilt won the game. We look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday from 9-12 at the Wyatt Center. Have a great week!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September 6 Meeting

We had our first meeting of the 2014-2015 school year today! It was so nice to meet new friends as well as be reunited with old ones. We began today by taking photographs of all of our students and having them fill out a reading interest inventory. It is important to us that we get to know who our students are as people and also as readers.

Next, we heard an overview of the program. Students learned about our expectations of them for the year, as well as some fun facts about our founder, James Patterson. We also talked about how our goal for this year is to accomplish the three E's; experience books, express ourselves, and engage with the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities.

We then did a fun interview activity. Students paired up and interviewed each other about various topics. The interviews were recorded, so look out for those to be posted here soon!

Next, we went outside and had snack and played games. We played a fun icebreaker called the "Name Game", where students had to throw a ball to each other in a certain order with the goal of learning everyone's names. Next, we played a minute to win it game called, "Face the Cookie". Students had to see who could get a cookie from their forehead to their mouths without using their hands. It was a funny sight to say the least! We finished up with a game called "If" that has become a student favorite. After we were all hot and sweaty and had expended all of our energy, we headed back inside to read.

Dr. Pendergrass and Dr. Hundley led us in some book talks. Students then had the chance to choose between James Patterson's Middle School: Get Me Out Of Here!, Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Students read independently from their books while taking notes about what they read on post-its. After reading, students were encouraged to discuss what they had read in small groups.

We finished up by going to the computer lab and creating comic avatars using the website, Bitstrips for Schools. It was a blast! Some of the avatars truly resembled the students, and others made us laugh! We plan on using the avatars and the comic creation software to share what we've read later in the semester.

Next week, we are headed to the Vanderbilt football game. We are excited to give our students the experience of going to a college football game and cheering for the black and gold! Anchor Down!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fall is Approaching!

We hope everyone is getting off to a great start this school year! We are still accepting applications for our fall program. Click here to apply. We only have a few spots left, so act now if you are interested. Fifth through eighth graders are encouraged to apply.

As you know, our program is sponsored by the incredible author, James Patterson. If you get a moment, you should check out his website, Read Kiddo Read. It has awesome book recommendations and information for parents and students alike. 

We look forward to our fall Patterson RAPS sessions! We will begin on Saturday, September 6, and we will be meeting on the first and third Saturdays of the month throughout the year. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Day 5 of Summer Camp!

We had an awesome last day of camp! This week has gone by so fast, and we are amazed at all our students have accomplished this week.

We began the morning by playing an icebreaker where students had to work together to flip a full size sheet over without using their hands. They showed great teamwork! We then listened to Dr. Hundley finish reading Skeleton Creek and we watched the final video. It left you with more questions that answers! Thankfully, all of the students received the sequel, Ghost in the Machine. 

Next, the students finished their book trailers and presented them to the group. We were BLOWN AWAY by how well they turned out. Take a moment to watch them, and we'd love it if you left a comment giving the students some feedback!

After our book trailer presentations, students competed in the remainder of the "World Cup Minute to Win It" competition. Congratulations to team Argentina and Germany for tying for first place!

We then enjoyed delicious ice cream donated by Ben & Jerry's and watched the first video from Ghost in the Machine, the sequel to Skeleton Creek.

We are so thrilled with how our first annual Patterson RAPS summer camp turned out. A huge thanks to our students and the Vanderbilt graduate student volunteers for making this week such a success! We hope to see many of you in the Fall! Be sure to apply soon if you are interested because we are filling up fast!