No Place Like Home: Opening Ceremony

This week’s theme is No Place Like Home. Watch the introductory video and download the weekly planner.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

This week’s theme is No Place Like Home. Watch the introductory video below, and download the weekly planner.

 

 

Remember there is not one right way to conduct camp. Complete as much or as little as you can. We hope your family engages in many of the learning experiences we have laid out for the week, but the key is to do things together!

 

Be sure to post your accomplishments online by using the hashtag #KTHome. We’d love to know what you are up to! Check back on the blog each weekday to see what others have done, app connections, and additional activities.

 

Thanks for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!
Lanette

 

No Place Like Home Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTHome or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Related Blog Posts

No Place Like Home: App Connections (7/6)
No Place Like Home: Grab Bag (7/7)
No Place Like Home: Demme Learning Day (7/8)
No Place Like Home Closing Campfire (7/9)

 

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America: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in America! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #KTAmerica

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Thank you for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!

 

We hope you found the week a valuable learning experience for your family. Please post your accomplishments on social media using the hashtag #KTAmerica.

 

Here is a printable certificate that you can share with your kids!

 

Please join us next week for No Place Like Home.

Lanette

 

Crayola Color Alive! Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/patriotic activity and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTAmerica or upload them below to enter.

 


Related Blog Posts

America: Opening Ceremony (6/26)
America: App Connections (6/29)
America: Demme Learning Day (7/1)

 

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America: Demme Learning Day

Learn about American history and spelling with these printable and instructions.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Spelling You See® is a curriculum produced by Demme Learning and designed to guide students through the developmental stages of spelling. In the phonetic stage, students learn to associate letters and sounds by writing words. In later stages, students learn to spell commonly-used words by copying interesting passages and “chunking” (color-coding) letter combinations. These activities help students commit the correct spellings of words to memory.

 

Today, have your elementary-aged campers choose one of these two passages to read:
The Liberty Bell” or “America the Beautiful.

 

After your camper has read the chosen passage, help him think of a creative way to present the information to the rest of the family, such as:

 

  • Writing, directing, and presenting a play
  • Performing a dramatic reading of the passage, with props, if desired
  • Creating a slide show for the passage

 

If you have a younger camper, print out a copy of this activity page. Then read the passage to the camper and point out the following words:

 

  • The Liberty Bell: bell, stand, rung, crack, fix
  • “America the Beautiful”: top, back, song

 

Dictate the words for your camper to write in the letter boxes at the bottom of the activity page. (Note how the shaded boxes help with vowel placement.) Then have your camper draw a picture in the box at the top of the page to illustrate the passage.

 

Crayola Color Alive! Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/patriotic activity and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTAmerica or upload them below to enter.

 

America: Opening Ceremony (6/26)
America: App Connections (6/29)
America: Closing Campfire (7/2)

 

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America: App Connections

Explore these great apps as we continue through America.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Using the iPad to explore the Declaration of Independence, or play trivia games involving facts about the United States are great educational uses of your child’s time. Check out these apps inspired by “America.”

 

Stack the States

Read KinderTown's review of Stack the States.

Stack the States uses motivating gameplay to help kids learn about geography and state facts. Questions are presented unvoiced and you need to choose from 1 of 4 states to answer the question. When you get it right you earn a state and in “tippy tower” style, the goal of each level is to stack the earned states up to a set line. The game play is motivating enough to keep kids (and adults) answering questions about location, national parks, capitals and major cities. Children enjoy watching the backgrounds change with iconic pictures of our nation. An excellent app you can try out first for free with the Lite version.

 

Geography Drive USA

Read KinderTown's review of Geography Drive USA.

Geography Drive USA tests your child’s geography knowledge of all fifty states, with a few history questions thrown in. Kids travel the highways while answering questions to unlock airports and gas stations which are essential to stay in the game. Bonus games allow them to visit the state fair to take the capital and state shape challenge and earn trophies and headlines. Overall, this is a fantastic app that encourages kids to independently study up while incorporating a dynamic game to motivate and make learning meaningful.

 

Britannica Kids: US Presidents

Read KinderTown's review of Britannica Kids: US Presidents.

This app is great for learning facts about each US President. It presents all of the presidents in order and each one has unique facts about their presidency. The facts are read aloud to aid children in understanding the material.  Your children will enjoy the quiz section after they have explored information about the presidents. Children also enjoy the “Hail to the Chief” song that plays in the song section. The app is $0.99 and appropriate for children ages 6-8.

 

Crayola Color Alive! Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/patriotic activity and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTAmerica or upload them below to enter.

 

Related Blog Posts

America: Opening Ceremony (6/26)
America: Demme Learning Day (7/1)
America: Closing Campfire (7/2)

 

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America: Opening Ceremony

This week’s theme is America. Watch the introductory video and download the weekly planner.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

This week’s theme is America. Watch the introductory video below, and download the weekly planner.

 

 

Remember there is not one right way to conduct camp. Complete as much or as little as you can. We hope your family engages in many of the learning experiences we have laid out for the week, but the key is to do things together!

 

Be sure to post your accomplishments online by using the hashtag #KTAmerica. We’d love to know what you are up to! Check back on the blog each weekday to see what others have done, app connections, and additional activities.

 

Thanks for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!
Lanette

 

America Giveaway

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/patriotic activity and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTAmerica or upload them below to enter.

 

Related Blog Posts

America: App Connections (6/29)
America: Demme Learning Day (7/1)
America: Closing Campfire (7/2)

 

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Discover the Sun: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in Discover the Sun! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #DiscoverTheSun.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Thank you for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!

 

We hope you found the week a valuable learning experience for your family. Please post your accomplishments on social media using the hashtag #DiscoverTheSun.

 

Here are some that we’ve seen already!

 

Anudder
Sidewalk

 

Here is a printable certificate that you can share with your kids!

 

Please join us next week for America.

Lanette

 

Discover the Sun Giveaway

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer activity and upload them to social media with the hashtag #DiscoverTheSun or upload them below to enter.

 

Related Blog Posts

Discover the Sun: Opening Ceremony (6/19)
Discover the Sun: App Connections (6/22)
Discover the Sun: Grab Bag (6/23)
Discover the Sun: Demme Learning Day (6/24)

 

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Discover the Sun: Demme Learning Day

Make a sundial with this free printable and instructions.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Activity: Make a Sundial!

 

Math-U-See® is a complete K-12 math curriculum produced by Demme Learning. This unique program develops by level, rather than by grade, presenting mathematical concepts incrementally. Students use manipulatives at most levels to establish an understanding of the concepts, and then move on to solving problems until they have demonstrated mastery.

 

For this activity, your preschool student will use her skills in telling time (taught in the Primer and Alpha levels), and your older student will investigate Roman numerals (Delta) and types of angles (Zeta).

 

As you create your sundial, you can refer to the accompanying activity page to review the underlying concepts.

 

MATERIALS:

  • Printout of sundial template
  • Paper plate or round piece of cardboard
  • Glue
  • Sharp pencil
  • Ruler
  • Drinking straw
  • Duct tape
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or markers (optional)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Print out the sundial template. In the box at the end of the line, write the number 12. The camper can decorate the template, but be sure to leave room around the outside edge to write in numbers.
  • Glue the template to the paper plate or cardboard.
  • Poke a hole in the center with a sharp pencil.
  • Put the straw through the hole and tape it into place.
  • Find a spot that gets sun for most of the day. At exactly noon, turn the paper plate so the straw’s shadow lines up with the 12. Fasten the paper plate to the ground with duct tape so it doesn’t move.
  • Have the camper predict what will happen an hour later. At exactly 1:00, mark the spot on the paper plate and write 1. Repeat this process every hour on the hour to make the clock. To use the sundial on subsequent days, it must be put in the same place in the same position.

 

EXTENSION:

  • Pre-K/Early Elementary: Use Math-U-See integer blocks to make the block clock shown on the activity page. As the camper marks each hour on the sundial, have him compare the time on the sundial to the corresponding time on the block clock.
  • Lower Elementary: Label the sundial with Roman numerals.
  • Upper Elementary: As the camper is marking each of the hours, ask him to identify the angle made by the straw’s shadow and the 12:00 line. (For example, at 2:00, an acute angle is made. At 7:00, an obtuse angle is created.)

 

Discover the Sun Giveaway

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer activity and upload them to social media with the hashtag #DiscoverTheSun or upload them below to enter.

 

Related Blog Posts

Discover the Sun: Opening Ceremony (6/19)
Discover the Sun: App Connections (6/22)
Discover the Sun: Grab Bag (6/23)
Discover the Sun: Closing Campfire (6/25)

 

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Discover the Sun: Grab Bag

Learn about the recent updates to the KinderTown app.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

What’s new in the KinderTown App?

 

You may have received a notification on your device that the KinderTown app has new updates to install. We think this is an update you’ll really like. First, we’ve updated for iOS8, and exterminated some bugs that crop up from time to time. Second, we’ve added a search bar, so KinderTown is more user-friendly than ever.

 

We’ve also done some sprucing up, repainting storefronts and crosswalks, and putting in the latest playground equipment. And the app isn’t the only place we’ve been working! Keep checking here, the Education Blog, all summer for KinderTown Summer Camp, our online family summer camp, with lots of chances for family activities that promote fun, build learning, and demolish boredom!

 

Discover the Sun Giveaway

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer activity and upload them to social media with the hashtag #DiscoverTheSun or upload them below to enter.

 

Related Blog Posts

Discover the Sun: Opening Ceremony (6/19)
Discover the Sun: App Connections (6/22)
Discover the Sun: Demme Learning Day (6/24)
Discover the Sun: Closing Campfire (6/25)

 

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Discover the Sun: App Connections

Explore these great apps about the sun as we continue through Discover the Sun.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

The sun is easy to take for granted because it is so integral to our lives; explain to your child how it affects their days and senses. Explore all you can about the sun!

 

Monkey Math School Sunshine

Read KinderTown's review of Monkey Math School Sunshine.
Monkeys, sunshine and learning. This app is bursting with joy! The app covers beginning patterns, shapes, sequencing, simple addition and subtraction, tracing numbers,  and number order. There are nine interactive games that include popping bubbles, and delightful jumping monkeys. The app uses tracking technology to automatically adjust to your child’s learning level. The developers are clearly attuned to what preschoolers love! KinderTown’s favorite feature is the way the app gently shows kids the incorrect answer without negative feedback, and excitedly celebrates correct answers. Children earn prizes such as fish or trinkets to include in their aquarium. Monkey Math School Sunshine app is appropriate for children ages 3-4 who are beginning to learn their numbers. The app is $1.99 and sure to become one of your preschooler’s favorites.

 

NASA Visualizer

Read KinderTown's review of NASA Visualizer.
Be the first to know what NASA is up to with the NASA Visualizer app. Enjoy the in-depth look at what’s happening in our solar system. Explore the captivating and fascinating pictures taken by NASA. The app is organized into stories and each story has coordinating videos, pictures and a descriptive article. Check out the solar exposures section to see a time lapse of the sun over the past 5 years. The app is appropriate for children ages 7-12. A great free app for scientists of all ages!

 

Sun by Kids Discover

Read KinderTown's review of Sun by Kids Discover.
Learn about the sun with the Kids Discover virtual Sun magazine. Enjoy a diagram of an eclipse and an interactive model of the sun. The app explores different sizes of stars in our galaxy, how a star is born, the sun’s core, solstice vs. equinox, and information about Sun Worshipers. Parents, there could be content that you do not agree with in the “how a star is born” section as well as the “Sun Worshipers.” Navigate these areas with your child and discuss your beliefs together. This is a great opportunity to show how to evaluate different opinions. Children will enjoy the interactive quizzes and fun puzzles. Also, don’t miss their free lesson plan and teacher’s guide. The app is $3.99 and appropriate for children ages 6-10.

 

DIY Sun Science

Read KinderTown's review of DIY Sun Science.
DIY Sun Science is funded by NASA, so the content is curated by experts. Learn about how scientists are continuing to study and learn about the sun. The app includes many short educational videos for kids. Watch a video that shows human understanding of the sun throughout history. Play in the sun observatory section of the app to see how different types of light act on the sun. Explore the hands-on, offline activities section to see how you can learn more about the sun. The app is free and appropriate for children ages 6-10.

 

Discover the Sun Giveaway

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer activity and upload them to social media with the hashtag #DiscoverTheSun or upload them below to enter.

 

Related Blog Posts

Discover the Sun: Opening Ceremony (6/19)
Discover the Sun: Grab Bag (6/23)
Discover the Sun: Demme Learning Day (6/24)
Discover the Sun: Closing Campfire (6/25)

 

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Discover the Sun: Opening Ceremony

This week’s theme is Discover the Sun. Watch the introductory video and download the weekly planner.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

This week’s theme is Discover the Sun. Watch the introductory video below, and download the weekly planner.

 

 

Remember there is not one right way to conduct camp. Complete as much or as little as you can. We hope your family engages in many of the learning experiences we have laid out for the week, but the key is to do things together!

 

Be sure to post your accomplishments online by using the hashtag #DiscoverTheSun. We’d love to know what you are up to! Check back on the blog each weekday to see what others have done, app connections, and additional activities.

 

Thanks for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!
Lanette

 

Discover the Sun Giveaway

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer activity and upload them to social media with the hashtag #DiscoverTheSun or upload them below to enter.

 

Related Blog Posts

Discover the Sun: App Connections (6/22)
Discover the Sun: Grab Bag (6/23)
Discover the Sun: Demme Learning Day (6/24)
Discover the Sun: Closing Campfire (6/25)

 

Next series: America.

 

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