Summers @ Brain Power

Summer is an amazing time to be inspired by new learning, perfect skills that need extra attention, and enjoy a unique and dynamic classroom experience! This summer Brain Power will be offering the following courses at our Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst Street, Suite #313, Vaughan, Ontario, L6A 3Z8. In courses that run the full summer (July through August), students can attend for both months or they can choose to attend for only July or August.

Registration begins on February 15, 2017, and we will make the course descriptions, schedules, and registration forms available here.

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Some of our former Brain Power students with Reuven and Karine
Course Descriptions:

The following course descriptions were for Summer 2017.
We will update these offerings when registration opens for Summer 2018.

UTS/SSAT/IB/ToPS/MaCS English Preparation

2x per week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) – Grades 6-8

This course is designed to prepare students for upcoming entrance exams and applications to gifted junior-high and high-school programs (such as University of Toronto Schools UTS, IB, SSAT required programs, TOPS, MaCS, etc.). Students will gain the knowledge needed to excel in the entrance examination as well as valuable general test-taking skills. There will be intensive instruction and practice in the following areas that are typically tested in entry exams:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Analogies and critical thinking
  • Essay and creative writing

Students will practice their skills, engage in valuable activities in class and at home, and take practice quizzes, examinations, and tests to prepare for the test-taking experience. Time management, organization, preparation/study skills, and other important tools will be covered. Homework will be assigned.


High-school Preparation- Language Arts

2x per week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) – Grades 8+

A long-standing favourite course at Brain Power, this exciting class is designed for students entering high school or in the first years of high school. It is wonderful for students who are looking for an opportunity to hone their communication skills before entering the more demanding world of high-school English. Students will learn the most valuable tools needed to succeed writing/reading-based courses, including:

  • Reading comprehension and critical analysis
  • A love of reading classics and modern classics (literature)
  • Sophisticated vocabulary
  • Essay-writing skills
  • Note-taking skills
  • Research skills
  • Knowledge of current events
  • Study habits
  • Philosophical inquiry and critical-thinking skills

In-class activities and personalized instructor feedback on written work provide a solid foundation for new high-school students. The classes are fascinating, dynamic, interesting, and geared towards inspiring students to become more self-aware in their use of the English language, as well as their communication and critical-thinking skills.

 


Mechanics of Writing 

2x per week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) for July-August OR July only* – Grades 6-8 and 9-12

Our Mechanics of Writing course is aimed at students in Grades 6-8 and 9-12. Each dynamic and exciting class will consist of both a grammar component and a writing component.

The course will cover:

  • The fundamentals of English grammar
  • Paragraph structure
  • Brainstorming and planning an essay
  • The structure of the five-paragraph essay
  • Types of essay (persuasive, comparative, cause-effect, research, etc.)
  • Finding and evaluating sources
  • Citing sources and avoiding plagiarism

In sum, our Mechanics of Writing course is designed to improve students’ grammar skills, while teaching them how to write complex, well-researched, and effective essays.

This course is taught by a brilliant, published professor with comedic wit, excellent teaching skills, and a PhD in English from Queen’s University.

* Those opting for to attend for July only will not cover as much material as those opting to stay for the entire course. That being said, they will cover many fundamentals of English grammar and critical writing. 


Grammar Boot Camp

1x per week for August only (Wednesdays) – Grades 9-12

Our Grammar Boot Camp is aimed at students in Grades 9-12. Students in our Grammar Boot Camp will experience an intensive introduction to the fundamentals of English grammar over the course of this four-lesson workshop.*

Among other subjects, students will learn about:

  • The structure of a sentence (subjects, predicates, objects, clauses, phrases, etc.)
  • Parts of speech (nouns, verbs, prepositions, conjunctions, adjectives, adverbs, etc.)
  • Common grammatical errors (sentence fragments, comma splices, dangling participles, etc.)

This course is taught by a brilliant, published professor with comedic wit, excellent teaching skills, and a PhD in English from Queen’s University.

* Those who are interested in a more thorough introduction to English grammar may wish to consider our Mechanics of Writing course (see description above), which runs from July through August (16 lessons).


Summer Language Arts

 2x per week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) –  Grades 2-3 and 4-5

Our summer Language Arts teach students how to communicate clearly and concisely in both speech and writing. We achieve this by focusing on three core components:

  • Vocabulary building
  • Reading comprehension and analysis
  • Critical writing

Each week students:

  • Are introduced to a series of valuable new words that they learn to use in context
  • Read and discuss exciting and challenging pieces of literature, both classic and contemporary, including short stories, essays, and poems.
  • Are drilled in the fundamentals of writing, from how to write a series of strong sentences to  a series of well-structured paragraphs.

Students receive writing assignments on a weekly basis, and the importance of understanding writing as a process is pressed upon them. Weekly writing assignments are edited and returned for revision with a second (and sometimes third) draft required.


Critical Thinking and Writing Development through the Visual Arts

1x per week (Wednesdays) – Grades 6-8 (July and August) and 9+ (July only)

This exciting addition to Brain Power’s summer course lineup develops students’ written skills, critical thinking, and literacy by means of analyzing the role of visual art in societies, past and present. Students will think critically about a wide range of classic and modern visual art in an effort to understand its cultural, formal and historical importance. Designed for junior-high or high-school students, this advanced course will refine a variety of skills essential for academic success, such as analytical skills, as well as oral and written communication skills.

The course will include a focus on:

  • Critical writing
  • Oral commentary and discussion of essays, articles, and poems as they pertain to works of visual art
  • Reading comprehension and analysis
  • Communication skills (written and oral)
  • Vocabulary building
  • Visual analysis

Students will receive assignments and teacher feedback on a weekly basis to hone these skills.

This course will be taught by Dr. Hyla Robicsek (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.), a published expert in the field of art history who earned advanced degrees from various institutions in Europe and North America, including the University of Toronto, the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), and John’s Hopkins University.


UTS/SSAT Math Preparation

2x per week for July only (Tuesdays & Thursdays) – Grades 5-6

This course is designed to prepare Grade 5 and 6 students for their upcoming entrance exams and applications to gifted junior-high programs (such as UTS and SSAT-required programs). Students will learn the knowledge needed to excel in the entrance examination as well as glean valuable test-taking skills. There will be intensive instruction and practice in the areas of Math that are always tested in entry exams. Students will practice their skills, engage in challenging activities in class and at home, and take practice quizzes, examinations, and tests to practice the test-taking experience.


IB/TOPS/MaCS/UTS Math Preparation

2x per week for July only (Tuesdays & Thursdays) – Grades 7-8

This course is designed to prepare Grade 7 and 8 students for their upcoming entrance exams and applications to gifted high-school programs (such as IB, SSAT-required programs, TOPS, MaCS, etc.). Students will learn the knowledge needed to excel in the entrance examination as well as glean valuable test-taking skills. There will be intensive instruction and practice in the areas of Math that are always tested in entry exams. Students will practice their skills, engage in challenging activities in class and at home, and take practice quizzes, examinations, and tests to practice the test-taking experience.


Math Level 0.5 (Level 1 Preparation)

1x per week (Wednesdays) for July and August- Grades 4-6

This summer course is the perfect opportunity to either reinforce and extend the learning in Brain Power’s Foundations Math course to be better prepared for Level 1, or for new students – who plan on starting Level 1 in the fall – to maximize their skills in and knowledge of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Four operations (+ – × and ÷) with large integers and decimals
  • Order of operations (BEDMAS)
  • Learning a variety of problem solving strategies
  • Solving mathematical word problems with multiple steps
  • Tackling logic problems and reading comprehension

The program will be fun, dynamic, and full of very important math and problem solving learning! Homework, progress reporting, and all in-class materials are included.


Math Level 1.5 (Level 2 Preparation)

1x per week (Wednesdays) for July and August – Grades 5-7

This summer course is the perfect opportunity to either reinforce and extend the learning in Brain Power’s Level 1 Math course to be better prepared for Level 2, or for new students – who plan on starting Level 2 in the fall – to maximize their skills in and knowledge of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Four Operations (+ – × and ÷) with decimals
  • Order of operations (BEDMAS)
  • Fractions and operations with fractions
  • Percentage
  • Learning a variety of problem solving strategies
  • Solving mathematical word problems with multiple steps
  • Tackling challenging logic problems and reading comprehension
The program will be fun, dynamic, and full of very important math and problem solving learning! Homework, progress reporting, and all in-class materials are included.

Math Olympiad Preparation

1x per week (Wednesdays) – Grades 5-7

Are you curious? Do you love solving math puzzles? Do you enjoy learning interesting real-life math facts and applications? Do you want to become famous in your school/province/country by winning math Olympiads and competitions? If so, Brain Power’s Math Olympiad Course is the place to train your brain!

In this exciting and challenging class, students will engage with many fascinating and fun math, logic, and problem solving activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Learning winning strategies for math games and math competitions (national and international!)
  • “Traveling” to the island of knights and knaves where truth-telling logic is the challenge
  • Solving fascinating math puzzles and logic problems, including those requiring a chess board
  • Exploring from the fields of computer science and information technology

In the process you will learn about many important mathematical principles and concepts, including, but not limited to:

  • Invariants and double counting
  • Pigeonhole principle
  • Knights and Knaves problems
  • Divisibility, remainders, and Euclid’s algorithm
  • Method of distinguished element
  • Tiling techniques
  • Parity

…and of course, students will gain new problem-solving skills they can use in both mathematical contests and in real life.


French IB Preparation

1x per week for August only (Wednesdays) – Grade 8

This exciting and informative course is designed to prepare Grade 8 students who are interested in applying to the International Baccalaureate program in secondary school. Over the span of four two-hour sessions, students will focus on reviewing and further developing their French language skills with an emphasis on expanding and enriching their vocabulary and syntax, as well as honing their understanding of French grammar. Students will gain the knowledge needed to excel on the IB test, and they will have the opportunity to practice their French skills in a variety of contexts.


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