Summer Institute: Eau Claire

Summer Institute has a 40-year tradition of teaching and delighting children across the Chippewa Valley. Your kids will love the variety of activities, and you will appreciate the small classes that promise high quality learning.

Key Program Information
Categories Youth and Community Programs Youth Continuing Education
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Summer Institute
Next Session Monday, July 9, 2018 in Eau Claire

Sam Davey Elementary School

3000 Starr Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54703

Schedule July 9, 2018 through July 19, 2018

Classes meet Monday through Thursday, July 9 through July 19, 2018, from 8–10 a.m., 10:10 a.m.–12:10 p.m. and 1–3 p.m.

Who Should Attend

Students entering grades K-5 in fall 2018. Must turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018.

A young girl with pigtails looks through her fingers that are covered in red, yellow, blue and green paint.

Program Description

Registration opens Monday, March 5 at noon. 

Participants can choose from a class per time slot but are not required to take a class in each. 

8-10 a.m.

Camp Kindergarten

Grade K | Tina Denzine

Getting ready for Kindergarten is s’more fun with a camping theme! The tent will be pitched and the campfire ready for our great adventure into Kindergarten. We will sing campfire songs, make crafts, eat campfire treats, and learn about forest animals and bugs, all while learning the daily routine of school.

Look Out Kindergarten, Here We Come!

Grade K | Donna Maxwell

Let’s get ready for kindergarten with favorite stories, songs, crafts, cooking projects, and games! We will discover what makes each one of us special, work with letters and numbers, and create with colors and shapes. We will even take a field trip to the Chippewa Candy Shop.  Come join the fun!

Jumpstart Reading

Grades K-1 | Valerie Dallman

Sharing stories can be lots of fun!  Jumpstart your reading adventure by listening to stories, acting them out and making crafts to go along with some of your favorites.  We will learn about some famous authors and explore story elements such as characters, setting, and plot.  We’ll also ride the school bus to the public library for an exciting field trip.  Come and join in the fun of books, books, and more books!!!

Booking, Cooking & Crafting

Grades K-2 | Dawn Marcott

Do you like books, having fun in the kitchen, and making crafts? If you do, this class is for you!  We will read stories and make yummy treats to go with them. We will also make crafts and play games that connect to each story. We will take a bus to visit Toppers Pizza where we get to make our own pizzas and visit the Eau Claire Public Library.  Come join the fun!

Create with Me!

Grades K-2 | Katie Hartsough

In this class, we will focus on four authors and explore the writer’s purpose in several storybooks.  What does the author want the reader to think?  Our authors will include Kevin Henkens, Mo Williams, Lois Ehlert and Eric Carle.  Along with reading and exploring several books, we will create beautiful artwork inspired by the book’s illustrators.  We will use several different types of art techniques and mediums to create our works of art.  We will paint with watercolors, use chalk, draw, and paint on canvas, just to name a few.  

All About Animals

Grades 1-2 | Samantha McKenzie

If you love art and animals, this is the perfect class for you. From antelopes to zebras, you’ll learn to draw animals from around the world. We’ll create different projects each day to explore pattern, texture, and proportion in this engaging art class.  

Dogs! Dogs! Dogs!

Grades 1-2 | Cindi Syverson

Do you love furry faces, cold noses, and all the amazing, funny things dogs do? We do, too! In this class, you’ll learn all about man’s best friend: from training and tricks to food and exercise. We’ll read and write dog stories and make some canine crafts. We’ll also learn about careers in the Dog World like veterinarian, groomer, dog daycare owner, obedience trainer and more. We’ll explore exciting dog activities like confirmation, showmanship, agility and fly ball. You don’t have to own a dog to take this class – ALL dog lovers are welcome!  

Digging Dinosaurs

Grades 2-3 | Erin Foiles

Come along as we head back into a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.  We will discuss different types of dinosaurs, perform a dinosaur character skit and share dinosaur books.  We will also study fossilized footprints and skeleton models so we are able to create and paint our own!  While playing games and watching short videos, we will learn how dinosaurs walked, what noises they made, and their survival tactics.  To conclude our adventure, we will plaster and blast off a prehistoric volcano!

Art Journaling

Grades 3-5 | Maria Berseth

Do you ever find yourself doodling on the edges of your paper? Adding words to pictures that you’ve drawn? If so, you will love this art journaling class! Making an art journal is just like keeping a diary – except that you mix words and pictures to express your ideas in a unique way. We’ll start by making our own journals from scratch, learning some basic bookbinding! Then we’ll learn about different ways to share ideas and emotions with words and pictures. You’ll get to see lots of examples to help you get started. Your journal can be just for you to see, or you can share some of your pages with the class.  

Art of Painting

Grades 3-5 | Julie Schaller

This class is for the student who wants to dive deeper into painting! We’ll work in a variety of painting media from watercolor to tempera and acrylics to learn what makes each one unique. We’ll also work on a variety of surfaces like watercolor paper and Yupo – and then top it all off by painting on our own artists’ canvases.  Please wear old clothes or bring a smock to paint in!

Fitness Quest

Grades 3-5 | Brittany David

Do you like phy ed class or making healthy snacks? This class will show you how fun fitness can be! We’ll build an obstacle course, play sports, invent our own games and learn fun exercises to build strength and flexibility. We’ll also make our own healthy snacks each day and learn about the foods our bodies need to help us feel our best.

Learn Rhythm Guitar

Grades 3-5 | Ben Schrantz

Do you love music?  Do you ever wish you could play along with any of your favorite songs?  We are going to tune-up and play along and sing some awesome age-appropriate tunes!  Your instructor brings more than 15 years of rhythm guitar playing experience!  We will learn strumming patterns, tuning, chords, and chord progressions.  We will even experiment with writing and singing our own songs!  Let’s jam together!  Please bring your own guitar.

Travel with Laura Ingalls Wilder

Grades 3-5 | Deb Blake

Join Laura and her family as Pa takes them out on the prairie, to the shores of Silver Lake, and into the Big Woods. Experience making butter, quilting a quilt block and dancing to Pa’s fiddle tunes. Travelers will follow Laura’s timeline through history and keep a journal just like she did. We will read from the Laura Ingalls Wilder book series and get lost in her pioneer world. Wear your prairie dress or work jeans and join us on our simulated “true-life” adventure.  

Writer’s Workshop

Grades 3-5 | Rebecca Weaver

Attention aspiring authors! This is your chance to write and publish your very own book! You will create a piece that you can proudly share with friends and family alike. Fun and engaging writing games will also be a key part of our class.

Harry Potter’s Wizarding World

Grades 4-5 | Will Schaller

Ever tasted a chocolate frog? An earwax-flavored jellybean? Played Quidditch on a broomstick? Come join Harry, Ron, and Hermione in their exciting adventure as we dive into the magical world of Harry Potter. The wizards in this class (that’s you!) will construct a Hogwarts castle, be sorted into houses, be issued personal wands, create treats inspired by the books, and learn how to play and score Quidditch...all while reading and writing! Haven't read the books yet? No problem! We’ll read selections from the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. However, knowledge of the whole series is “Sirius”-ly welcome, too. No Muggles allowed!

10:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Look Out Kindergarten, Here We Come!

Grade K | Donna Maxwell

Let’s get ready for kindergarten with favorite stories, songs, crafts, cooking projects, and games! We will discover what makes each one of us special, work with letters and numbers, and create with colors and shapes. We will even take a field trip to the Chippewa Candy Shop.  Come join the fun!

Jumpstart Reading

Grades K-1 | Valerie Dallman

Sharing stories can be lots of fun!  Jumpstart your reading adventure by listening to stories, acting them out and making crafts to go along with some of your favorites.  We will learn about some famous authors and explore story elements such as characters, setting, and plot.  We’ll also ride the school bus to the public library for an exciting field trip.  Come and join in the fun of books, books, and more books!!!

Booking, Cooking & Crafting

Grades K-2 | Dawn Marcott

Do you like books, having fun in the kitchen, and making crafts? If you do, this class is for you! We will read stories and make yummy treats to go with them. We will also make crafts and play games that connect to each story. We will take a bus to visit Toppers Pizza where we get to make our own pizzas and visit the Eau Claire Public Library. Come join the fun!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Grades K-2 | Katie Hartsough

It’s planting season! If you love flowers and plants, then you will love this gardening class! We’ll learn all about different types of flowers and plants, the parts of a flower, what plants need to grow, and how to plant your own vegetables and flowers. We will also make art creations and conduct science experiments that revolve around gardening. A few of the art projects will include painted flower pots, tissue paper vases, and a framed watercolor painting of your favorite vegetable or flower. We will also be taking a field trip to a floral shop/greenhouse to enrich our learning of plants/planting, flowers, and vegetables.  

Yoga Kids

Grades K-2 | Brittany David

Yoga is a fun activity that builds strength and balance, quiets our minds, and celebrates the amazing things our bodies can do! In this class, we’ll learn yoga poses, do a daily yoga “story flow” and eventually make up our own stories by connecting the poses we’ve learned. Our story adventures will teach us about core values and the power of positive thinking. We’ll also learn how to make our own healthy snacks to keep us fit and active.

Camping Capers

Grades 1-3 | Tina Denzine

Math and reading are s’more fun with a camping theme! The tent will be pitched and the campfire ready for our great summer adventure, loaded with hands-on, camping-themed activities to help build math and literacy concepts. We will learn about forest animals, go on an outdoor scavenger hunt, eat campfire treats, make our own trail mix, and sing campfire songs. Lace up your hiking boots and join the fun!  [Food allergy caution.]

Movies, Books & Art

Grades 2-3 | Samantha McKenzie

Let’s create art projects inspired by our favorite books and movies! If you love to read books or watch movies and love to make art, this class is designed for you.  We will read several popular children’s books and watch one movie each week to help inspire some very unique art projects.  Join this class for fun, relaxation, and learning!

Blasting Off Into Space!

Grades 3-4 | Erin Foiles

Are you ready to explore the 8 planets in our solar system, get close to the moon, and find out what stars are made of? In this class, we will make moon sand, construct a planet mobile and launch a rocket!  We will also venture into the constellation legends to read about the various heroes and myths. These will help spark your creativity as you design a constellation of your own. The black holes, space stations, and galaxies are awaiting your arrival. Come join us as we blast off into space!

American Girl Adventures

Grades 3-5 | Julie Schaller

Bring your doll or teddy bear to class and enjoy learning about the past through American Girl dolls. We’ll step back into different eras in American history to learn what it was like to go to school then and what children your age used to do for fun. We’ll create projects, eat food, play games and learn about traditions as we travel through time across the U.S.

Around the World

Grades 3-5 | Rebecca Weaver

Grab your passports!  This class will transport you to countries and cultures around the world!  Taught by a world-traveler who has been to several diverse countries, this class brings to life the food, sounds, and sights of countries across the globe.

Dogs! Dogs! Dogs!

Grades 1-2 | Cindi Syverson

Do you love furry faces, cold noses, and all the amazing, funny things dogs do? We do, too! In this class, you’ll learn all about man’s best friend: from training and tricks to food and exercise. We’ll read and write dog stories and make some canine crafts. We’ll also learn about careers in the Dog World like veterinarian, groomer, dog daycare owner, obedience trainer and more. We’ll explore exciting dog activities like confirmation, showmanship, agility and fly ball. You don’t have to own a dog to take this class – ALL dog lovers are welcome!  

Fun with the Uke!

Grades 3-5 | Deb Blake

Warm up your voice, loosen up your fingers, and get ready to sing songs and play the ukulele.  Learn step-by-step directions on chord diagrams, strumming and tuning from an instructor who started playing the uke at 10 years of age and has been teaching music since the Peter, Paul & Mary days!  Join the fun and learn the gift of music that lasts a lifetime.  You will need to provide your own ukulele.

Graphic Novel Mania

Grades 4-5 | Maria Berseth

Create your own graphic novel in this literature and art class!  Not quite a novel, not quite a comic strip – graphic novels are a unique way to tell a story.  For your project, you’ll use a comic strip graphic organizer to lay out your design.  Then, we’ll look at the story features of graphic novels and how they are different from regular novels.  As we put together our own stories, we’ll discover how we can communicate what’s happening with very few words and how to help readers infer what’s coming next.  At the end of class, you’ll take home the start of your very own graphic novel!

Harry Potter’s Wizarding World

Grades 4-5 | Will Schaller

Ever tasted a chocolate frog? An earwax-flavored jellybean? Played Quidditch on a broomstick? Come join Harry, Ron, and Hermione in their exciting adventure as we dive into the magical world of Harry Potter. The wizards in this class (that’s you!) will construct a Hogwarts castle, be sorted into houses, be issued personal wands, create treats inspired by the books, and learn how to play and score Quidditch...all while reading and writing! Haven't read the books yet? No problem! We’ll read selections from the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. However, knowledge of the whole series is “Sirius”-ly welcome, too. No Muggles allowed!

Learn Spanish the Fun Way!

Grades 4-5 | Ben Schrantz

If you love talking and listening to music, then this is the class for you!  We will talk and listen to age-appropriate music non-stop every day…in Spanish.  We will talk about anything you want to talk about!  The music will enhance your Spanish and engage you in a fun way!  You will leave this class knowing a TON of Spanish and jamming to some awesome tunes!  Come, join the conversation!

1-3 p.m.

Mini Meteorologists

Grades K-1 | Donna Maxwell

Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue or how the weather changes? In this class, we’ll learn all about weather through hands-on science experiments. We’ll make art activities related to different types of weather features such as lightning, fog, and snow. We will see some of the special tools that meteorologists use to forecast the weather. We will even visit a local TV station to meet a real meteorologist and learn more about his job!

American Girl Adventures

Grades 1-2 | Julie Schaller

Bring your doll or teddy bear to class and enjoy learning about the past through American Girl dolls. We’ll step back into different eras in American history to learn what it was like to go to school then and what children your age used to do for fun. We’ll create projects, eat food, play games and learn about traditions as we travel through time across the U.S.

Creative Writing Workshop 

Grades 2-3 | Maria Berseth

Do you like to think up or tell stories? This is your chance to become an author and put your stories into your very own book! We’ll use our imaginations and story starters to create some great stories. We’ll also learn about the parts of a story and different styles of writing. In the second week, you’ll write and illustrate your own storybook to share with the class and take home.

Alakazam!

Grades 3-5 | Will Schaller

Amaze your friends! Trick your parents! It’s as easy as Alakazam! In this magic class, you will learn the secrets of sleight of hand, misdirection, mirrors, and even magic wands. Study some of the most famous tricks, riddles, and illusions of all time, with mini-lessons that incorporate reading, writing, math, and science. At the end of class, showcase your talents in a magic show!

Be a Rock Hound

Grades 3-5 | Deb Blake

A rock is never just a rock! Every stone you throw in a lake or crunch under your feet has a story to tell. We’ll investigate the different kinds of rocks and how they form, then take an imaginary journey as geologists. We’ll travel to South Dakota to find rose quartz, to Lake Superior to hunt the shores for agates, and to the Grand Canyon to see the different colored layers of rock bed. Students are asked to bring an empty egg carton to organize and label the rocks they find. (Some rocks will be provided while students will hunt for others on their own.)  

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Fee

$15 per class for Eau Claire district students, $85 per class for all other students.

Instructions

Scholarships available for families who qualify for free or reduced school meals. No application is needed – simply check the box when registering.

Questions?

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Toll Free: 866-893-2423

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Old Library 1108
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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