A Lumos day is filled with lots of fun, lots of learning, and lots of speaking. Lots of fun games and debate activities that kids love! No lectures, no textbooks. This is not like school!
8:30: Check-in – You can drop off anytime in the morning from 8:30-9:00 we’ll have staff on site and signs for easy navigation to the check-in table.
9:00 Morning Icebreakers – we like to get students up and moving, energized and we’ll play a couple name games as we get to know each other in the group.
9:30 Morning Lesson – Whether we’re learning about argument construction, cross-examination techniques, or how to prepare a rebuttal, all Lumos lessons are direct, the point, and to the point. Most lessons are taught in a Socratic question and answer format that emphasizes student engagement and participation.
10:00 Brainstorming Session – In small groups of five students, we’ll brainstorm arguments. Each group has one instructor who facilitates conversation and makes sure every voice is heard. Students are asked to develop arguments and prepare for all kinds of topics – everything from “Summer vs Winter” to “The US should decrease military spending in the Middle East”.
10:30 2 vs 2 Debates – Teams of 2 students get to debate each-other using the techniques learned in the morning. Students have to work together as a team to make compelling arguments and attack their opponent’s case.
11:00 Speaking Activity – Around this time we’ll do a fun speaking activity, like the Shark Tank Pitch, News Broadcasting, or a impromptu speaking game. These are really fun games that kids absolutely love!
12:00 Lunch Time – We’ll take a break to eat lunch – we ask that students do not bring any foods containing peanuts or tree nuts due to allergy concerns.
12:30 Outdoor Time/Free Time – We’ll go to the field to play soccer, football, or capture the flag. Students that wish to stay inside and read or play games are free to do so, although we do encourage students to get some sunlight! At the end of the first week, we have a Field Day where each class competes in a variety of fun outdoor team activities and a camp-wide water balloon fight!
1:30 Researching/reading articles – Usually after lunch, we work on preparation for the end-of-camp debate tournament. This involves reading and researching articles on current events, as students learn how to find evidence that they can use to support their arguments. We discuss how dates, author, and source quality all affect the credibility of a piece of evidence.
2:00 Writing and Editing Cases – Students work in pairs of two to prepare their cases for debate rounds. Each student writes a case, roughly 600 words which contain 3 contentions, or arguments, that support either the Pro or Con side of the debate. Instructors will meet one-on-one with students throughout camp to discuss argument development and phrasing in the case.
3:00 Debate Games – We’ll play a variety of debate games – like Interrogation, where students have to use their cross-examination skills to uncover a lie, or the Whiteboard Game, where students race to write down as many arguments for a position as possible in a limited amount of time.
4:00 Pick Up – End of Day