Summer Program

Summer Enrichment Program 2024

Aspire Day School is thrilled to announce our summer enrichment program for elementary, middle, and high schoolers.

Our summer enrichment program is here and this year’s theme is all about Fables, Folktales, and Fairytales.

Join us as we explore into the world of imagination and learn valuable lessons from these timeless tales. Our program focuses on integrating education with mental health, providing a safe and nurturing environment for youth navigating behavioral and mental health challenges.

Enroll your child now for an enriching summer experience that combines learning, creativity, and mental wellness.

This Year's Theme:

Fables, Folktales & Fairytales

Oral Stories

Told through word of mouth

Anonymous

The author is unknown

Global

Found in all cultures

Timeless

"Timeless" and "Placeless" stories

Types of Stories We Will Explore

Fairy Tales

"Once upon a time..."

Characters

Royalty (Kings, Queens, etc.) & Animals

Setting

Castles, Forests, etc.

Problem

Good vs. Evil

Solution

Magic!
"They lived happily ever after..."

Fables

Very short stories

Characters

Animals acting like people
Usually 3 or less charaters

Setting

Generally an outdoor environment

Problem

Only one problem using trickery

Solution

Ends with a lesson or moral

Myths

Characters

Gods & Goddesses

Setting

Nowhere specific

Problem

Explains something that occurs in nature by using Gods and Goddesses

Solution

Magic
Unusual creatures
Can teach a lesson (not always)

Legends

Characters

Everyday people
Animals are often main characters

Setting

Nowhere specific

Problem

Explains how or why something in nature came to be

Solution

Magic!
Sometimes teaches a lesson

Tall Tales

Based on the life of a real person

Characters

Everyday people with superhuman abilities

Setting

Linked to a historical time period

Problem

Usually solved in a humorous way

Solution

Exaggerated details
Tells about a person's accomplishments

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Summer Program Weekly Agendas

Keywords
Problem-solving, perseverance

Stories

  1. The Tortoise and the Hare

  2. The Hare and the Hedgehog

Lessons
Slow and steady wins the race.

Book List
Fascinating Children’s Books about Honesty and Trust [Link]

Keywords
Honesty, Trust

Stories

  1. The Boy Who Cried Wolf

  2. Tell the Truth BB Wolf

Lessons
If you lie, you might not be believed when you tell the truth.

Book List
Fascinating
Children’s Books about Honesty and Trust [Link]

Keywords
Greed, Contentment

 

Stories

  1. The Goose and the Golden Egg

  2. The Goose with the Golden Eggs Fairy Tale

Lessons
Greed can cause you to lose what you already have.

Book List
Books on Greed [Link]

Keywords
Kindness
Respecting differences

 

Stories

  1. The Lion and the Mouse

  2. The Spark of Kindness

Lessons
It always pays to be kind. 

Book List
42 Beautiful Picture Books About Kindness – Imagination Soup [Link]

Keywords
Kindness
Respecting differences

 

Stories

  1. The Lion and the Mouse

  2. The Spark of Kindness

Lessons
Sometimes gentleness is mightier than the strongest force.

Book List
10 Children’s Books that Teach Acceptance and Empathy – Homegrown Friends [Link]

Keywords
Perseverance
Preparedness

 

Stories

  1. The Ant and the Grasshopper

  2. The Dinosaur That Pooped the Bed

Lessons
There is a time for work and a time for play.

Book List
Books
That Help Teach Kids Problem Solving | Tinkergarten [Link]

Keywords
Contentment

Stories
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

Lessons
It is better to live simply than to take great risks for something you don’t need.

Book List
The 24 Best Contentment Kids Books [Link]

Keywords
Problem-solving, Determination

Stories
The Thirsty Crow

Lessons
A little thought can help solve almost any problem.

Book List
Books
That Help Teach Kids Problem Solving | Tinkergarten [Link]

Keywords
Deception

Stories
The Wolf in Sheeps Clothing

Lessons
People who deceive may come to harm through their own lies.

Book List
The 23 Best Lying Picture Books [Link]

Keywords
Problem-solving, perseverance

Stories

  1. The Chipmunk and the Ice Cream Fable
  2. Rapunzel

Lessons

  1. Make your dreams come true by chasing after them.
  2. Be creative and think outside of the box to solve problems.

Book List
The 53 Best Problem Solving Middle Grade Books [Link]

Keywords
Self-discovery and acceptance

Stories

  1. The Journey to the North Pole Fable

  2. The Princess and the Pea

Lessons

  1. Who you are inside is more important than your outside attributes.

  2. Do not judge a book by its cover. 

Book List
The 100 Best Self-acceptance Kids Books [Link]

Keywords
Generosity and empathy

Stories

  1. The Generous Giraffe Fable
  2. Robin Hood

Lessons

  1. Using your talents to help others results in kindness being returned to you.

  2. Empathy and compassion for others.

Book List
15 Amazing Middle Grade Books to Read for Empathy [Link]

Keywords
Goals and obstacles
Perserverance

 

Stories

  1. Melvin the Persistent Deer Fable
  2. Cinderella

Lessons

  1. Never give up on your goals, regardless of the obstacles and distractions you face.

  2. Stay strong, stay focused and stand up for what you believe in.

Book List
20 Greatest Children’s Books About Perseverance And Grit [Link]

Keywords
Listening and opportunity

 

Stories

  1. Rufus the Persistent
  2. Quietest Horse Fable

Lessons
Listen more than you speak. Silence can be golden.

Book List
Excellent Picture Books to Cultivate the Art of Listening – KidMinds [Link]

Keywords
Patience and selfishness

 

Stories

  1. Consideration is Golden

  2. Rumpelstiltskin

Lessons

  1. It is important to analyze how your actions will affect the lives of those you love before making rash decisions.

  2. Don’t make rash decisions about important things.

Book List
Middle Grade Reads on the Power of Patience | Brightly [Link]

Keywords
Acceptance and compassion

Stories

  1. The Proud Rose

  2.  

    Elephant and Friends

Lessons

  1. Never judge anyone by the way they look.

  2. Friends come in every shape and style.

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Book List
Books that Teach Compassion and Kindness for Upper Elementary and Middle School Readers – Literacy In Focus [Link]

Keywords
Stage One

Stories

TBA

Lessons

TBA

Book List
TBA

Keywords
Greed, Appreciation

Stories

  1. Midas and the Golden Touch
  2. Stone Soup

Lessons

  1. Greed will always lead to downfall.

  2. Greed can make people blind to the obvious.

Book List
5 World Gratitude Day Reads for Your Middle Schooler [Link]

Theme
Nutrition

Possible Activities
Nutritionist Guest Speaker

Theme
Business

Possible Activities
Junior Achievement

Theme
College

 

Possible Activities
Visit a local college

Theme
TBA

 

Possible Activities
Toyota Tour

Theme
Banking

 

Possible Activities
Financial Professional Guest Speaker

Theme
College

 

Possible Activities
Radcliff: E-Town Junior College
Louisville: JCTC
Lexington: TBA

 

Theme
Career Counseling

Possible Activities
Highschool Counselor Guest Speaker

Theme
Volunteer Opportunity

Possible Activities
Visit local animal shelter

Theme
College, Housing Choices

Possible Activities
TBA

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