How Creative: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in How Creative! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #KTcreate

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 #KTcreate.

 

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

 

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

 

Please join us next week for Master Builders.

Lanette

 

 

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How Creative: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

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: Dr. Silver’s Invention or The Hot Air Balloon.

 

How Creative! Demme Learning Connection

 

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.

 

How Creative! Demme Learning Connection

 

Then read the passage to the camper and point out the following words:

 

  • Silver’s Invention: think, kept, stick
  • The Hot Air Balloon: hot, sink, cloth, man, duck

 

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.

 

How Creative! Giveaway

 

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

 

 

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How Creative: App Connections

Check out these 3 apps with your kids to get the imagination rolling.

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.

 

One of the great educational benefits of the iPad is the ability to spark creativity! Check out these 3 apps with your kids to get the imagination rolling.

 

Toca Builders

Read KinderTown's review of Toca Builders.

Welcome your preschooler to their own block-building world. This app is intuitive for young children to use and is open-ended, so their creativity can take control. Toca Builders is a virtual 3D playground where kids can use characters to build and create their own unique world. Each character has a different way of creating in the virtual world. For example, Jum-Jum loves to spray paint, a favorite of our child testers, and Connie is able to lift and move blocks. Your child can create several different play-based worlds within the app to add to or adapt later. There are not any words or dialog in the app, so sit with your child and discuss the characters and their abilities or perhaps create a story about the characters as your child manipulates their world. Toca Builders feels Minecraft-inspired, but it’s appropriate for children ages 4-8. Children are demonstrating their creative thoughts, as well as their understanding of 3D environments. Be sure to check out their “for parents” section within the app for more ideas. The possibilities are as endless as their imagination in the Toca Builders world.

 

Draw and Tell HD

Read KinderTown's review of Draw and Tell.

Draw and Tell HD brings the best features of drawing apps into one fabulous art experience. Choose from a blank page, your photos, or one of the app’s backgrounds, and start creating. Tools like crayons, stickers, paint and erasers are used while this app records your child singing, talking, and moving stickers all over the screen. Not feeling up to creating your own picture? Try out the variety of coloring pages where you get to drop paint into the lines to create a vibrant scene. This is another top app from Duck Duck Moose and is $1.99.

 

Toontastic

Read KinderTown's review of Toontastic.

Toontastic, while not a new app, is still one of the most creative and dynamic apps for kids that we have reviewed. Best of all, it’s completely free! The app provides access to the complete storytelling path with options for adding narration, background music, designing your own characters, plus sharing and viewing in the global TuneTube community. Gather inspiration from toons others have created. Save and share your toons with kids around the world or your close friends and family. With Toontastic you can create a story with your child, while learning about the key components of a story such as setup, conflict, challenge, and resolution. Some children may be able to create a great story on the fly with your guidance, other children may find it helpful to plan out their story ahead of time. Don’t be afraid to guide and provide ideas so that they can create a complete story. Many different props and animations are included to create a space mission, news report, or a pirate adventure. Tons of creative fun to bring out the imagination in your child!

 

How Creative! Giveaway

 

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

 

 

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How Creative: Opening Ceremony

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

 

Download the weekly planner for How Creative!

 

 

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 #KTcreate. 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

 

How Creative! Giveaway

 

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

 

 

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The Great Outdoors: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in The Great Outdoors! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #KToutside

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 #KToutside.

 

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

 

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

 

Please join us next week for How Creative!

Lanette

 

Download the most popular guide to finding and using educational apps for kids!

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The Great Outdoors: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

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.

 

Nature Scavenger Hunt

 

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.

 

Geometrical shapes aren’t just manufactured: they’re everywhere! In the lower levels of Math-U-See, students learn to identify basic shapes; later, they explore the characteristics of shapes, such as symmetry, and learn how to draw lines and shapes on a coordinate grid. This nature scavenger hunt provides a fun way to apply these mathematical skills.

 

Download this PDF file to follow along with the activities.

 

Download the printable for The Great Outdoors.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

  • Preschool-Early Elementary: Have your child collect at least 5 different objects from nature that have different shapes. Ask: which objects have shapes that are close to circles? Which are close to squares? Rectangles? Triangles? Ovals? Hearts?
  • Elementary: Have your child collect at least 5 different objects from nature that show symmetry around a line. (Fig. 2) Ask: where you can draw a line to divide the object into two mirror images? Can you do this in more than one way?
  • Upper Elementary: Have your student collect 5 interesting objects from nature. He should choose one to place on the coordinate grid (Fig. 1). Draw a dot wherever the edge of the object meets an intersection on the grid. Have your student label each dot with an ordered pair.

 

EXAMPLE:

 

Download the printable for The Great Outdoors.

 

Now remove the object from the grid. Show your grid and objects to another member of your family. Can that person guess which object fits inside the dots?

 

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The Great Outdoors: Grab Bag

At KinderTown, one of the ways we enjoy the great outdoors is by sitting quietly in it, and enjoying being a human, nice and still.

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.

 

At KinderTown, one of the ways we enjoy the great outdoors is by sitting quietly in it, and enjoying being a human, nice and still.

 

As a parent of young children, you might be in a stage of life where quiet and still only happen around 11pm, when kids have run out of excuses to get out of bed, and have finally given in to weighty eyelids. We’d like to optimistically suggest you seek out quiet time together this week.

 

Maybe you have rockers on the front porch, or just a front stoop. Find a bit of horizon, even if you have to travel somewhere to get it, and know that it’s okay to be quiet together. Don’t bring an agenda of things to talk about; keep your eyes on the sunset when you’re tempted to fill the silence with chatter.

 

In July in Pennsylvania, the sun sets before 9pm. On a clear evening, it sets so slowly, you might not even notice how the last light of the sky passes to the fireflies, then the moon; the branches are filled with the hum of cicadas, and you realize it’s been dark for a half an hour.

 

Given the right conditions, the quiet and beauty of the outdoors can steal over a group of people, and you could find you’ve spent whole minutes together in a silence more profound than any conversation or learning activity.

 

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The Great Outdoors: App Connections

There is no substitute for enjoying the outdoors with your children, but if your child wants to learn more about nature, these apps make great connections to what you’ve experienced outside.

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.

 

There is no substitute for enjoying the outdoors with your children, but if your child wants to learn more about nature, these apps make great connections to what you’ve experienced outside.

 

Toca Nature

 

Read KinderTown's review of Toca Nature

In this nature-based app, you can dig big holes to create a water hole, use an ax to cut down a tree, or take a closer look at the natural world with a magnifying glass. The creator behind Toca Nature loved to explore the woods in a special clearing, and this is the basis for the exploration in Toca Nature. Toca Nature presents a world for your child to play in and discover connections between plants and animals. Inside the world you create, you decide how many trees to plant, which animals exist and when to add more plants. After planting different varieties of plants, harvest the food to feed to the animals. Which animals like which plants? It’s all inside Toca Nature for your child to discover. Toca Nature is $2.99 and available for iPhone and iPad. Parents, you’ll love the pleasing soothing music that accompanies the app.

 

The Lorax

 

Read KinderTown's review of The Lorax

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a classical story about what happens to nature and our world when those who live in it do not take care of it. It’s told in a creative way that kids enjoy. The character, the Lorax, speaks for nature when others do not think of the effects of their actions. As a family, have an older child read the story aloud and record the narration for younger children to enjoy later. The book is colorful and includes the option to have the story read aloud, or to read it yourself. An important book to enjoy again and again. The Lorax is $3.99 and appropriate for children 4-8.

 

Peterson Backyard Birds

 

Read KinderTown's review of Peterson Backyard Birds

Help your children identify the birds around your house with this app guide. Children often ask a lot of questions that you may not know the answer to, but use their questions as a guide to find useful books and apps about the topics they are interested in. This app would serve as a great guide on your iPhone as you take a nature walk together; be sure to bring binoculars! This version is free and includes 160 of the most common birds. From the home area, tap on a variety of birds based on the information you are looking for. Then narrow the choices down to match what you have seen outside or would like to learn about based on the features of the bird. Peterson offers additional apps with more types of birds if this app does not provide enough information.

 

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The Great Outdoors: Opening Ceremony

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

 

Download the weekly planner for The Great Outdoors.

 

 

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 #KToutside. 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

 

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Sports of All Sorts: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in Sports of All Sorts! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #KTsports

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 #KTsports.

 

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

 

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

 

Please join us next week for The Great Outdoors.

Lanette

 

Sports of All Sorts Giveaway

 

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

 

 

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