Master Builders: 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: The Transcontinental Railroad or Lalibela

 

Master Builders 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.

 

Master Builders Demme Learning Connection

 

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

 

  • The Transcontinental Railroad: men, spent, six, west, link
  • Lalibela: block, rock, cut, top, hill

 

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.

 

 

Master Builders Giveaway

 

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

 

 

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Master Builders: App Connections

Explore these great apps as we continue through Master Builders.

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.

 

Explore building with your family this week with our hands-on activities, and try these apps for learning about virtual building.

 

Grandpa’s Workshop
Read KinderTown's review of Grandpa's Workshop

For the youngest builder in your house, have your child explore using a saw, measuring, repairing broken items, choosing tools and cutting wood. All tasks that your child may enjoy in a real workshop! This app includes seven action packed mini-games. Your child will enjoy how Grandpa dances and enjoys playing with your child in the workshop. The educational content is mixed into the fun including building workshop vocabulary, measuring, colors, sorting groups, and beginning to identify fractional parts. A delightful app by FairLady Media! Grandpa’s Workshop is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

Pettson’s Inventions
Read KinderTown's review of Pettson's Inventions

Ropes, pulleys, belts, and gears to combine and play with! My son really loves the challenge offered by this app, and it has quickly become one of his favorites.  I like that it works on problem solving and engineering thinking skills.The app introduces the quirky characters, Pettson and Findus, and they serve as the student’s guide in creating crazy inventions. Each invention challenge involves the use of simple machines. Students must match the pieces up into the correct order to make the machine move and complete a task such as helping the bunny reach the carrots. Each challenge slowly becomes more complex as children understand how each machine part works. A star is earned for every invention that is completed correctly. There is also a “versus” section where two children can challenge each other to complete the task as a timer ticks away. In the settings section, you can increase or decrease the level of difficulty. Children will love this introduction to how simple machines work together. Pettson’s Inventions Deluxe is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 6-8.

 

Word Wizard
Read KinderTown's review of Word Wizard

Word Wizard is a Talking Movable Alphabet that uses app technology to enhance traditional writing and spelling activities. Children write sentences and spelling words while Word Wizard helps by saying the sounds of each letter as they are dragged onto the page. After each word is built, Word Wizard speaks the word as it is spelled and highlights it in red if it is spelled in a non-traditional way or in white if it has the correct spelling. Colorful, animated sensory activities provide a refreshing break between spelling lists and have a set time limit that brings the user back to practicing. Word Wizard has a lot of user options, such as 1400 words in a variety of word lists and space for adults to create custom lists for their children. Word Wizard is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

Master Builders Giveaway

 

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

 

 

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Master Builders: Opening Ceremony

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

 

Download the weekly planner for Master Builders.

 

 

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 #KTbuild. 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!

 

Master Builders Giveaway

 

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

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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: Opening Ceremony
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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!

 

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: Closing Campfire (8/6)

 

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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!

 

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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