Wow! Time sure flies during the summer! One minute it was the last day of school and now....I am looking forward to school starting again in a few weeks. Here is what I have been doing over the summer.....
It has been a fun-filled, exciting summer and I feel rejuvenated as I get ready to start this next school year. But, since summer isn't OFFICIALLY over......I think I'll have time for one last hurrah before I have to go back to school!!
Camp Stepping Stones is a Reading, Writing and Art Camp that I created last year for Lamb students going into 4th and 5th grade. This summer was our second year and, again, it was a huge success! Although the camp was originally meant for 4th and 5th graders, there was so much interest this year that we opened the doors to 2nd and 3rd graders as well. Here is a quick snapshot of what our summer was like:
Week One Theme: Birthday Celebrations
Students started and ended each day with Campfire where we sang songs and talked about the day. Then students went to small groups for Reading and Writing. In Reading students read about different Birthday Celebrations around the world. In Writing students wrote fictional stories with a birthday party as the setting. We all came together for Snack and Art. This week's art projects were The Princess and the Pea and Robots. On Friday our special snack was roasting marshmallows to make S'mores!! Yummy!!!
Week Two Theme: Dinosaurs
Week Two followed the same format as Week One but with the theme of Dinosaurs. Students started and ended each day with Campfire. In Reading students learned about extinction theories, extreme dinosaur features and the life of a paleontologist. In Writing students wrote non-fiction reports about a fictional dinosaur. This week's art projects were One Point Perspective: Then and Now and Dinosaur Chalk Art. On Friday we made S'mores again! Double yummy!!!
I was so fortunate to have such a dedicated work force that made this camp possible: Lupe and Rosa were my camp partners--they handled Reading while I focused on Writing.
We had eight high school volunteers who gave up part of their summer to support our students. And we had three moms (mine included!) who came to help with snack and clean up.
Thank you to everyone who made this camp possible! See you next year!!
**For more information about Camp Stepping Stones, visit www.campsteppingstones.com