Week 2 – Play

Hello, again. We’re back for another recap of Usdan’s theme of the week. Every week, Usdan will be highlighting a special theme that defines Usdan’s mission and approach. Each Friday we’ll look back at all the fun and creative ways students put that week’s theme into practice. We not only want to share the amazing work the children are doing every day, but make Usdan’s guiding principles salient and tangible.

Each principle serves Usdan’s greater goal of creating a cohesive environment that encourages students to be creative in every endeavor throughout their lives.

This week, we’re talking about the principle of play.

I’m sure you’re well aware that your kids love to play. But there’s more to play than fun and laughter. Yes, play is fun and play is freeing, but play also contributes to creativity. It allows students to discover new ideas and concepts that energize the mind and body. Usdan is, after all, a summer camp, where young people find joy in the season through the freedom to explore and experiment.

Usdan’s curriculum is designed to harness students’ creativity through a fun, free, and open environment.

The lesson is that creativity, learning, making, and doing are all fun, and we (yes, you too, parents) should strive to find joy in them all year.

There are so many ways our faculty use play to draw out students’ creativity and adventurous ideas. Here are some moments we loved this week.

Photos and videos were taken by our Usdan faculty.

Click on photos to enlarge.

Next week, we’ll spotlight what community looks like at Usdan.



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