No Place Like Home: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in No Place Like Home! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #KTHome

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 #KTHome.

 

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 Under the Sea.

 

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: Opening Ceremony
No Place Like Home: App Connections
No Place Like Home: Demme Learning Day

 

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No Place Like Home: 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: Pioneer Children or The Aztecs.

 

Read the "Pioneer Children" and "Aztecs" passages from Spelling You See.

Both passages focus on the experience of moving to a new home and making a life there. 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.

 

Print out a copy of this activity page for your younger camper.

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

  • Pioneer Children: thing, pack, fill, stuck
  • The Aztecs: land, plant, crops, rich

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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No Place Like Home: App Connections
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No Place Like Home: App Connections

Explore these great apps as we continue through No Place Like Home.

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.

 

Learning within the theme of “homes” is a natural, easy way for children to relate to others across cultures, try new things, and explore new places via technology.

 

Homes

Read KinderTown's review of Homes.

Homes is a wonderful app from Tinybop, a developer focused on play and the natural curiosity of children. In this app, they have developed interactive homes across the world for kids to play in and discover new facts about other cultures. There are four different homes across the globe represented at the time of this review: United States, Guatemala, Yemen, and Mongolia. Once a location is chosen, a child can begin to explore the house. A sliding window bar allows you to peer inside the home. Tap on areas of the home to zoom in on the room. Once inside the individual rooms, children can play with the objects. For example, a room in a house in Yemen has a musical instrument to play with, tea cups and a pitcher to serve tea, and pillows on the floor to rearrange. The app begs kids to ask questions like “How do others live?” “What makes up a home?” The app can easily be changed to several different languages, encouraging children to listen to other languages and learn new words. When talking with the creators, KinderTown learned about the extensive research that went into creating authenticity in the app. In addition, check out the Homes Handbook, which provides lots of facts and questions to ask your kids. The app is based on free exploration, so children can explore at their own pace and follow their interests as well. This app is a great way to learn about other cultures through the home environment which is familiar to young kids. The app is $3.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-8.

 

My PlayHome

Read KinderTown's review of My PlayHome.

My PlayHome is a digital playhouse that inspires conversation, role playing, and collaborative interaction. Manipulate a variety of character dolls throughout every room in your house. Plenty of interactive elements in each room make the play dynamic and keep this app long-lasting. An excellent app that lets kids take ownership of their play through exploration, storytelling and role playing. My PlayHome does an excellent job of adding rooms and characters with free updates. The app is $3.99 and does not include in-app purchases or advertisement, just lots of fresh ways for your child to create and explore. The app is for iPhone and iPad and is appropriate for children ages 3-6.

 

Duckie Deck Family Photo

Read KinderTown's review of Duckie Deck Family Photo.
Duckie Deck Family Photo is a simple app that young children can easily navigate and create their own family photo within the app.  The app has simple tools to create a portrait of each member of your family individually or together. Children can manipulate expressions, facial features, hair styles, and even earrings. Let your child take creative control, and they can enjoy creating portraits. The app is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-6.

 

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: Opening Ceremony
No Place Like Home: Demme Learning Day (7/8)
No Place Like Home Closing Campfire (7/9)

 

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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.

 

Learn how to make a family coat of arms, practice home safety, and read a book from our suggested reading list during our No Place Like Home summer camp.

 

 

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!

 

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
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!

 

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

 

Please join us next week for No Place Like Home.

 

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.”

 

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.

 

Learn creative ways to celebrate America with this printable from Demme Learning.

 

 

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!

 

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!

 

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

 

Please join us next week for America.

 

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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