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.

 

Learn a creative way to tell time 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 #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!

 

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)

 

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Wonders of Water: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in Wonders of Water! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #WondersOfWater.

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 hashtags #KinderTownSummerCamp and #WondersofWater.

 

This photo was submitted by @cmarie_demme on Instagram.

 

Water

 

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 Discover the Sun.

 

Wonders of Water Giveaway

Take photos of your family enjoying water activities by posting them to social media with the hashtag #WondersOfWater or uploading them below. It ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Thursday, June 18th.

 

Related Blog Posts

Wonders of Water: Opening Ceremony (6/12)
Wonders of Water: App Connections (6/15)
Wonders of Water: Grab Bag (6/16)
Wonders of Water: Demme Learning Day (6/17)

 

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Wonders of Water: Demme Learning Day

Learn a fun water game with our family during Wonders of Water.

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.

 

“Fill the Bucket Game”

 

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.

 

Students work with liquid measurement in the Gamma level (customary units) and the Zeta level (metric units) in the Math-U-See program. As you prepare to play this water game, you can refer to this printable to review measurement.

 

MATERIALS:

  • Tools for measuring liquids– measuring cups, pint jars or plastic containers, quart jugs, half-gallon jugs, gallon jugs; may also want to include liter bottles, 2-liter bottles, milliliter droppers or teaspoons (5 ml)
  • 2-3 identical buckets
  • Large container for holding water (kiddie pool, large washtub, ice chest) or access to outdoor faucet
  • 3 x 5 notecards

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • On the notecards, write at least two instructions related to the measuring tools you have, such as “Add 1 cup” or “Subtract 1 pint.” You can tailor the instructions to your students as follows:
    • PK/Early Elementary: measures in whole units, using the tools you have
    • Lower Elementary: measures that require substitution (ex., “Add 1 pint” but have no pint containers or “Subtract 1 gallon” but only have half-gallon containers)
    • Upper Elementary: include metric measures

There should be a minimum of 10 cards for each level, with more “adds” than “subtracts”.

  • Divide the children into teams, or allow them to compete individually, each one getting a bucket. Put instruction cards into piles.
  • Children take turns drawing a card from the appropriate pile and following the instructions. The team or person who fills the bucket first wins.

 

Wonders of Water Giveaway

Take photos of your family enjoying water activities by posting them to social media with the hashtag #WondersOfWater or uploading them below.

 

Related Blog Posts

Wonders of Water: Opening Ceremony (6/12)
Wonders of Water: App Connections (6/15)
Wonders of Water: Grab Bag (6/16)
Wonders of Water: Closing Campfire (6/18)

 

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Wonders of Water: Grab Bag

As we continue our camp week focused on the Wonders of Water, I want to share one of my family’s favorite water 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.

 

As we continue our camp week focused on the Wonders of Water, I want to share one of my family’s favorite water activities. It’s playing in the creek. The concept is simple: water shoes, old clothes, and lots of cool water in a shady location. We take a few buckets and shovels to discover new treasures and creatures and play in the water. My children love enjoying the outdoors and there’s always something to be learned along the way. No fancy pools or beaches, just the creek in the neighborhood. Here’s an app to enjoy alongside your exploration at the creek.

 

Meet the Insects: Water and Grass Edition

Read KinderTown's review of Meet the Insects.

 

If you discover an insect near the water, use this app to help you learn more about the insect. Meet the Insect apps are packed with information, videos, pictures and an observation journal. The app includes an Insect Story section which provides diagrams and narration in a storybook format with interactive areas for kids to learn about insects. The See Insects section provides detailed information regarding each type of bug. The scientific name is used and real pictures and facts are read aloud to children. The quiz section offers two different types of interactive quizzes. KinderTown’s favorite section is the observation journal. This would be a great tool to study insects around your home environment, at the park or over a period of time. Children can add their own photos of the insect and record the location, weather and notes about the insect. There are three different editions of Meet the Insects: Forest Edition, Village Edition, and Water and Grass Edition. These apps would be an excellent addition to a study on insects or a resource for writing a report on insects. Each individual Meet the Insects App is $4.99 or you can purchase the app bundle for $9.99. Meet the Insects apps are appropriate for children ages 5-8

 

Wonders of Water Giveaway

Take photos of your family enjoying water activities by posting them to social media with the hashtag #WondersOfWater or uploading them below.

 

Related Blog Posts

Wonders of Water: Opening Ceremony (6/12)
Wonders of Water: App Connections (6/15)
Wonders of Water: Demme Learning Day (6/17)
Wonders of Water: Closing Campfire (6/18)

 

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Wonders of Water: App Connections

Explore these great apps about water for virtual water fun as we continue through Wonders of Water.

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 these great apps about water for virtual water fun as we continue through Wonders of Water.

 

Tiggly Submarine 

Read KinderTown's review of Tiggly Submarine.

Tiggly Submarine works with Tiggly’s new hands-on product Tiggly Words. Tiggly Words includes hands on vowel letters that interact with the iPad screen to make a multimedia experience for early learners. Travel through the underwater scene and select the correct vowel to complete words such as crab, fox, hen, and sun. Tiggly Words does a wonderful job of introducing the vowels to children in the context of beginning words. Understanding the vowels and their coordinating sound is an important pre-reading skill. Tiggly Submarine is appropriate for children who are beginning to learn to read, ages 4-7.

 

Science Museum Splash

Read KinderTown's review of Science Museum Splash.

 

Science Museum Splash is all the fun and splashing of tub time for your preschooler, without mopping up your bathroom afterward. Does an item sink or float? Test it and find out! Tip your iPad side to side to see the water move, and wipe away the virtual steam. Change the temperature of the water. Want to start over again? Pull the plug and watch the water disappear down the drain.  If you are feeling brave try out each of the items in your own bathtub! Science Museum Splash is free and appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

Sprinkle Jr.

Read KinderTown's review of Sprinkle Jr.

 

Have fun with the virtual water, and your child will develop problem solving skills in the process. Children must spray water to unlock or solve the problem presented. Each scene includes movable items in the scenery that help you extinguish flames or achieve a goal such as picking the fruit from a tree and feeding it to the animals. There are 30 fun levels included. Sprinkle Jr. is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

Wonders of Water Giveaway
Take photos of your family enjoying water activities by posting them to social media with the hashtag #WondersOfWater or uploading them below.

 

Related Blog Posts

Wonders of Water: Opening Ceremony (6/12)
Wonders of Water: Grab Bag (6/16)
Wonders of Water: Demme Learning Day (6/17)
Wonders of Water: Closing Campfire (6/18)

 

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Wonders of Water: Opening Ceremony

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

 

Download the weekly planner for Wonders of Water.

 

 

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 hashtags #KinderTownSummerCamp and #WondersofWater. 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!

 

Wonders of Water Giveaway

Take photos of your family enjoying water activities by posting them to social media with the hashtag #WondersOfWater or uploading them below.

 

Related Blog Posts

Wonders of Water: App Connections (6/15)
Wonders of Water: Grab Bag (6/16)
Wonders of Water: Demme Learning Day (6/17)
Wonders of Water: Closing Campfire (6/18)

 

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Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp!

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!

 

Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp!

 

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!

 

Each of the weeks have a creative and educational theme. Join us each Friday for our opening ceremony where you’ll find the projects and activities for the week. During the next week, you can do some of the activities for yourself, and post how it’s going and what you’re proud of! Then, on Thursday, we’ll have a closing ceremony, and you can print out your certificate of achievement.

 

KinderTown Summer Camp Themes:

 

Wonders of Water (June 12-18)
Discover the Sun (June 19-25)
America (June 26-July 2)
No Place Like Home (July 3-9)
Under the Sea (July 10-16)
Sports of All Sorts (July 17-23)
The Great Outdoors (July 24-30)
How Creative! (July 31-Aug 6)
Master Builders (Aug 7-13)
Around the Kitchen (Aug 14-20)

 



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Summer Learning Apps for Your Preschooler

Check out these great apps to keep your preschooler’s skills alive this summer.

 

Check out these great apps to keep your preschooler's skills alive this summer.

Summer Learning Apps

Writing Wizard

Writing wizard

Use this app with children who have been introduced to their letters this school year. It will solidify their knowledge of letter names and formations. Writing Wizard offers 5 different fonts to choose from. Choose the one your child is most familiar with. Next, the app has 5 different areas for learning and engaging with writing. The first area involves tracing familiar shapes such as circles, crescents, and crosses. This area is a great place to start for children who are just beginning to write and use a pencil or crayon, usually around the age of 3. The areas include upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers and a “My Words” section. All of the different learning areas have many different options for parents to customize the experience for their children, including changing the size, difficulty, and whether to show or hide the model. There is even a setting for left-handed writers.

 

Children love the different types of markers used to trace the letters such as rainbow, tiger, and bugs! After the letter is correctly formed, children love playing with the pictures that fly off the letters before the next letter appears. This feature keeps children engaged and offers a change to “play” while learning. KinderTown especially likes the “My Words” section for children as they advance their writing skills. Parents, customize the words in this section to include your child’s name, their favorite food, their siblings’ names, and other important beginning words your child is motivated to practice over and over. Another wonderful feature within the app is the ability to print off practice sheets for your child. A great way to make the connection between the app and paper and pencil. The app is $4.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-6. An app that will grow with your early learner!

 

TeachMe Toddler

teach me toddler

TeachMe Toddler is a mixed-practice review app that presents questions in a multiple choice format. The app reviews concepts such as shapes, letters, letter sounds, colors, and vowel sounds. The app has a nice progress reporting area where you can check how your child is progressing through the skills. For every 4 questions answered correctly, the child earns a sticker. This feature excites children and motivates them to continue answering the questions. KinderTown likes how if children choose the wrong answer, the little mouse tells them why the answer is incorrect. Children must continue until they select the correct answer and do not earn a checkmark towards a sticker when they incorrectly answer the question. In addition the app allows for multiple children to have an account so it can be used in preschools or for multiple children in one home. TeachMe Toddler is $0.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-4.

 

Kindergarten Bingo

KBingo

Kindergarten Bingo practices three different skills: shapes, letters, and numbers, through an interactive Bingo board. The app allows for up to 5 players to play the game together. Children must listen closely to the narration, as it tells what to identify in the app, like a “green crescent,” or the letter “M.” This is a great way to help your child prepare for following directions, and improve their listening skills. Parents, visit the settings to change the default letters from capital to lowercase, and choose how high you would like your child to practice their numbers (up to 100). Also, parents, you can choose to practice the letter names or the letter sounds. Both are valuable skills for children. The app also has a nice practice area with flashcards that need to be used with an adult because the app does not provide feedback for the child. The app does say the correct answer aloud when tapped, but a parent will need to help their child correctly identify what is pictured on the flashcard.

 

Learning Wand

Craft stick or Paper Towel tube

Markers/Crayons

Construction Paper

Construct a special wand. Decorate the paper towel tube or craft stick. Make a special star for the top. Let your child lead in how they would like to decorate their special learning wand.

 

Tell your child that they are going to use their special wand to find letters around your home. Ask your child “Can you find a letter in the kitchen?” Children should use their special wand to search for a letter. If they can’t identify all the letters, don’t worry. Tell your child the correct letter name once they have found a letter. If they need assistance, give them clues. After finding a few letters in the kitchen, switch to another area of your home. By doing this you are raising your child’s print awareness. They are discovering where letters exist within their environment. For older students, you could ask the question “Can you find a word in the kitchen?” You can also repeat with numbers. “Can you find a number in your bedroom?” Use your special learning wand throughout the summer to continue to identify letters, words and numbers in their environment.

 

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