A collection of weekly 2-hour/day summer intensives with expert educators for your inquisitive, creative child

Pricing: $200/week    |   Sibling Discount: $180/child/week

Minimum Class Size: 5 / Maximum Class Size: 12-15

All sessions are 10am-12pm*

*special offering for parents & caregivers: an air-conditioned co-working space with coffee open for the duration of the workshop, $10 suggested donation per day

Questions: 631-779-2934 or maggie@peconiccommunityschool.org

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Yoga

July 10th - 14th

Ages: 6 - 11

Instructor: Rebekah Smith

Yoga camp at PCS offers a perfect respite in the day for your young yogi.  With certified instructor Rebekah Smith students will explore poses, create yoga stories, practice mindfulness, visualization, partner yoga, and group games, as well as engage in yoga practice that incorporates mind, body, and breath awareness.  Yogis should bring a snack and water each day.

 

Creative Writing

July 17th-21st

Ages: 8-12

Instructor: Megan Eilers, MA Poetry

Writers convene for five mornings of creative brainstorming, writing exercises, journaling, and general honing of their craft.  Alongside others who share a passion for writing, authors will have the opportunity to write to their heart’s content, garner and give constructive feedback, and develop pieces for a portfolio of poetry, prose, and fiction.

 

Music Performance

July 24th - 28th

Ages: 8-12

Instructor: Matthew Gardiner

In this week of music and performance instruction, musicians will develop as performers through the use of singing and basic instrument skills.  Our goal is to bring alive the joy of performing through music. Cumulative week instruction with a brief performance to be given at the conclusion. A love of music is all that’s needed.

Loose Parts

July 24th - 28th & July 31st - August 4th

Ages: 6-10

Instructor: Nicole Roccaro

Join us for our Loose Parts Camp where we will engage with found treasures, recycled materials, items from nature and more.  We will use these beautiful things to tell stories, represent experiences, create self-portraits and design collages.  There will be opportunities for process and transitional art as well as planning and creating permanent pieces.  We will use our Loose Parts to explore perspective, reflection, balance, imagination and to build an appreciation of the value that these seemingly random bits and bobs have to offer us as young learners and artists.

 

Inventions

July 31st - August 4th

Ages: 6-10

Instructor: Bryan Smith

Future innovators will be inspired to draw on and hone their creativity, resourcefulness, and problem-solving skills as they make inventions to address everyday dilemmas.  Students will tap into their natural sense of curiosity, wonder and discovery in this special camp full of creative challenges.

 

Robotics

August 7th - 11th

Ages: 8-12

Instructor: Bryan Smith

This hands-on engaging course will inspire the engineer in your child. Campers will design and build simple to complex robotics using Lego Mindstorm, and utilize critical thinking skills as they collaborate and innovate.

 

 

Instructor Bios:

Rebekah Smith grew up in Mattituck. Her yoga practice started in high school, when she started attending classes with her mom, Anne Smith. Rebekah graduated from Salisbury University, MD,  in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. After graduating she spent 8 months WWOOFing in New Zealand, traveling through Australia, and Bali. After returning to the North Fork, she completed a 200hr Kula Teacher Training. Rebekah's yoga world was completely changed during this training. In addition to introducing a children's yoga program at Peconic Community School, she teaches a class at NOFO Wellness Center, and at the North Fork Yoga Shala. 

Megan Eilers studied writing and theater at Vassar College as part of her Bachelor’s of Arts degree and continued her writing study at Bennington College in the Poetry Writing Master’s of Fine Arts program.  Megan works in the Early Childhood and Lower Primary classrooms at Peconic Community School and serves as the school’s writing and documentation specialist.  As a writing guide, Megan strives to help children establish a writing practice that strengthens and nurtures each child’s voice.

Matthew Gardiner is a music educator living in Mattituck. He is currently the music facilitator for Peconic Community School and also works with East End Arts in Riverhead. He holds a Masters in music education from Hunter College.  As a performer, he is an experienced singer and instrumentalist. In Mattituck he teaches privately both instrumental and vocal lessons from his home studio. 

Nicole Roccaro earned a masters degree in education from New York University and worked in the field for over fifteen years as a teacher and then as a school director.  After leaving her Reggio Emilia inspired school in Brooklyn, she started a consulting business and currently provides professional development to teachers and directors in New York City and Long Island.  Nicole also documents and shares aspects of her parenting journey on Instagram for parents who are interested in incorporating open ended, nature inspired opportunities in their home.  Nicole is passionate about progressive education and allowing children to learn and develop through their natural curiosities.

Bryan Smith has been interested in the sciences since he was a young boy growing up in remote Alaska. He spent a lot of time outdoors exploring and discovering nature as a young man and after graduating from Columbia University with a BA in Evolutionary Biology, he did field research on the social interactions of monkeys in South Africa. Upon returning to New York, Bryan decided to pursue a career in elementary education after working part-time as a tutor in an after school program in the city. His passion for the sciences and education came together when he was hired as a K-6 science teacher out on Long Island. Bryan loves to facilitate exploration and discovery in his classes and he looks to integrate technology and nature as much as possible into lessons.