Bodies in Motion Summer Enrichment Program

The UAB Children's Creative Learning Center
in partnership with The Vestavia Hills Extended Day Program
Presents the 2014 Summer Enrichment Program:
Bodies in Motion: Healthy Body & Healthy Mind

2014 Registration Form

History of the Children's Creative Learning Center:

Dr. Virginia Horns-Marsh was the driving force behind the initiation of the program. After 25 years of work, she asked Dr. Lynn Kirkland to take over the directorship for the next 15 years. One of the faculty members brought to the program because of her knowledge in literacy instruction was Ms. Jennifer Summerlin, who currently serves as director. As a doctoral student in the ECE Ph.D program and an instructor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, she continues the rich tradition of the CCLC, rethinking the needs of each site. Master teachers are used in the program, pulling from outstanding teachers in districts all over the area and within the school site. Promoting this networking of teachers helps to strengthen the knowledge and skill base of teachers in all districts. Undergraduate and alternative masters students are also given the opportunity to plan and implement instruction under the guidance and supervision of the master teachers. Extensive, targeted professional development is provided to the preservice and inservice teachers at all levels.

A Day in the Summer Program:
This enrichment program serves children ages 4-rising 6th grade. The enrichment program seeks to encourage children to work at their own pace while master-level teachers enhance their academic development. Whether it is a science experiment with everday items or writing and publishing their own newspaper, children discover how exciting learning can be when they are actively engaged in authentic purposes for learning.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE (This is a general overview of the day but schedules may vary depending on the age of the students in the class.)

Arrival: Students are greeted as soon as they arrive by classroom teachers who are out front assisting with the morning drop-off. They are escorted into the general meeting area where they have an opportunity to socialize with their teacher and classmates.
Opening: At approximately 7:45 a.m. students engage in our opening session which involves singing & lots of movement. At the close, students go with their teacher to begin a day of fun and learning.

Session 1: From 8:05 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. students begin a literacy workshop which involves individualized instruction in reading and writing. The goal of the CCLC is to meet the individual needs of each and EVERY child, regardless of their ability. All children deserve to be challenged. Literacy skills addressed throughout the summer include but are not limited to the following: reading fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, effective phonics instruction in the context of real reading, letter recognition, concepts of print, strategies for figuring out unknown words, introduction to new genres, strengthening spelling within the context of real writing, generating writing ideas, developing a comprehensive piece of writing, etc...

Session 2: From 9:00 a.m. until 9:05 a.m. students travel to their numeracy workshop session. This session lasts from 9:05 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. where students receive individualized mathematics instruction to support a variety of mathematical themes. Numeracy skills addressed throughout the summer include but are not limited to the following: computational strategies for mathematical accuracy, mathematical fluency, number talks to share mathematical thinking, mathematical problem solving, patterns and algebraic thinking, number and operations, etc...

Snack: From 10:00 until 10:20 a.m. students return to their homeroom teacher for a quick break on the playground and a snack. All snacks will be provided.

Session 3: From 10:20 until 10:25 a.m. students travel to their first of two enrichment sessions. This session lasts from 10:25 until 11:10 a.m. For a description of potential enrichment sessions, see description below.

Session 4: From 11:10 until 11:15 a.m. students travel to their second enrichment session. This session lasts from 11:25 until 12 noon. For a description of potential enrichment sessions, see description below.
At 12 noon, all students will transition to the care of the Vestavia Hills Extended Day Program.

Enrichment Session Possibilities:
Building Bridges, Falling Down And They Lived App-ily Ever After Duck Duck Google Docs
Playground Physics Let's Get Hip: Music & Dance Let's Get Wired!
Moving in One Direction Don't Stop Blabbing Now Move Over Flash Mob
Reduced, Reused, Recycled Art Sew Simplistic Take on a New Perspective
Plies, Pirouettes, & Poise Raceway to Science Bust a Rhume
And Many More...
Enrichment sessions involve a variety of content areas such as art, music, dance, physical science, life science, technology, earth science, sewing, building structures, drama, cooking, and much more.

Liberty Park Elementary Extended Day Program
Vestavia Hills Central Extended Day Program

Students living in Vestavia Hills, AL will be accecpted on a first come, first serve basis.
Students not living in Vestavia Hills will be placed on a waiting list and contacted prior to the program starting date, June 2nd, about potential openings.

7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
June 2nd- August 1st
(No classes will be offered the week of June 30th – July 4th.)

To Register...
Contact Bebe Galloway by email at

Frequently Asked Questions:
• What supplies will my child need? All supplies needed for the 2014 summer enrichment program will be provided.

• How can I help my child at home with what he/she is learning at the program? All students will check-out a book at their instructional level to read and practice strategies learned in-class. (You get better at reading by spending time reading so daily practice is a critical component of the CCLC summer program.)

• How do you determine the individual needs of my child? All students will receive pre-program and post-program testing in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Pre-program assessments are used to design individualized instructional plans and to guide daily classroom instruction.

• Will I receive testing information about my child? Post-program assessments are used to determine growth throughout the summer program. All testing results are shared with parents and will be provided to the 2014-2015 classroom teacher to assist in instructional planning for the upcoming school year.

• How will I know the progress of my child each week they are in the program? Weekly newsletters are provided to share what students have achieved each week and what to look forward to in the upcoming week. The reading and mathematics workshop teachers also provide an annecdotal note at the bottom of each weekly newsletter with information about your child's progress in both reading and mathematics instruction.

• Can I meet the teachers? Yes, the first week of the program we host an open house on Friday to showcase the learning that has happened that week. You are invivted to attend this open house event and meet each teacher that is working with your child. In addition to this open house, we provide regular weekly parent programs to provide an opportunity to showcase your child's learning.

• Does my child have to come all summer? No, your child does not have to attend all summer but we cannot guarantee results if your child is not able to attend the program regularly.

• If my child does not attend all summer will they feel behind on missed information? We have worked hard to design a summer program that is a stand-alone type program based on week-by-week participation. What this means is that students will never feel like they missed information due to being absent a week. Each week is built to stand-alone and emphasize learning concepts chosen for that particular week.

• If my child attends all summer will they get bored? No, a child who attends all summer is challenged and never repeats any enrichment session. Another unique feature of the summer enrichment program is that although it provides "stand-alone" weeks, each week builds in complexity to meet the needs of families who may need a program for the entire summer along with families who only wish to participate in specific weeks.

• Will I receive information before the program begins? Yes, one week prior to the program starting you will receive a letter and an email with specifics about drop-off, snack, lunch, parent programs, contact information in case of an emergency, check-in, check-out, and other important program details.

• Why is the program called "Bodies in Motion"? Each summer the CCLC staff chooses a theme for the summer program. The theme for this year is BODIES IN MOTION. The theme is based on the power of a healthy body along with a healthy mind. The program t-shirt, decorations, opening session, and parent programs all revolve around this theme.

• What makes this summer program a better choice for my child than other local summer programs? The CCLC provides ENRICHMENT and INDIVDIUALIZED instruction that is truly engaging! Master-level teachers from many different school systems come together to share their expertise and promote summer learning. In addition to individualzied math and reading instruction, your child will engage in activities related to the music, art, dance, drama, science, technology, cooking, and physical education.

• Can my child just attend the first half of the summer program? Yes, you may choose for your child to only attend the 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon portion of the program. Pick-up will begin at 12:05 p.m. and last until 12:20 p.m. If you are unable to pick-up your child by 12:20 p.m. they will be placed in the Vestavia Hills Extended Day Program for a daily fee.

• What is the latest time we can arrive? You may check-in your child at any point. This is summer and we offer a more flexible atmosphere than provided during the typical school day. After your child is checked-in, they will be escorted to their classroom by one of the office staff.

• What should I expect if I attend a parent program? Parent programs are held throughout the summer program on Fridays beginning at 11:15 a.m. until approximately 12 noon. Each family group, or homeroom, will perform to celebrate the learning for that week. The programs are based on weekly themes and provide an opportunity to "Show What We Know!"

• Will there be a parent program every week? No, there will be six parent programs during the eight week summer program. Programs will be on the following dates:
o Open House: Friday, June 6th
o Parent Program #1: Friday, June 13th
o Parent Program #2: Friday, June 20th
o Parent Program #3: Friday, June 27th
o Parent Program #4: Friday, July 11th
o Parent Program #5: Friday, July 18th
o Parent Program #6: Friday, July 25th

• Will I receive information about the weekly parent program? Yes, information about the upcoming parent program will be included on each weekly newsletter as a reminder if you wish to attend.