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!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Day 4 of Summer Camp

The week is flying by so fast! Today we kicked off things by getting all tangled!  The students stood in a circle and grabbed the hands of those not standing directly next to them. Then we were faced with challenge of untangling. We were impressed by our group's communication skills and team work. It is hard to believe that many of the kids did not know each other before this week!

We moved upstairs where Dr. Hundley continued reading Skeleton Creek. It is a sight to see every student engrossed in the book and the videos.

Following the reading, the students focused on making their book trailers. They filmed short videos, found pictures, and created text. It was fun to see the creative juices flowing! Tomorrow they will finalize and showcase their booktrailers!

We headed back outside to enjoy snack. The Minute Win It game was another display in teamwork. Check it out!


We finished the day working on book trailers, and Dr. Hundley is getting closer to the end of Skeleton Creek. What surprises will she have for them tomorrow?

A big thank you to our graduate students, Bradley, Alycia, and Sabrina for their enthusiasm and their guidance with the book trailers. We are so grateful for your support!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Day 3 of Summer Camp

It's hard to believe the week is over halfway over! We began this morning by playing another fun icebreaker. Students played a version of "I Spy" around the Atrium while we waited for everyone to arrive.

Next, we listened to Dr. Hundley read further in Skeleton Creek. After that, we continued working on our book trailers. Students finished their planning sheets, began work on their storyboards, watched a tutorial about how to use iMovie on the iPads, and experimented with how to use iMovie in their groups.

After lots of hard work, we went outside and had snack and played another Minute to Win It game. Today's game was called "Face the Cookie" and students had to get a cookie from their foreheads to their mouths without using their hands. We then played a tag game to get our hearts pumping. Next, we found shady places outside to sit and read.

We finished up with Dr. Hundley reading further in Skeleton Creek and showing the accompanying videos. We look forward to Thursday and Friday!