Under the Sea: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in Under the Sea! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #KTSea

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 #KTSea.

 

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 Sports of All Sorts.

 

Under the Sea Giveaway

 

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

 

 

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Under the Sea: 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: Seahorses or The Vikings (great sea explorers).

 

Read the "Seahorses" and "The Vikings" passages from Spelling You See.

 

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 [link to preschool page]. Then read the passage to the camper and point out the following words:

  • Seahorses: fish, but, not, neck, grass
  • The Vikings: ships, long, hull, land, had

 

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.)

 

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

 

Then have your camper draw a picture in the box at the top of the page to illustrate the passage.

 

Under the Sea Giveaway

 

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

 

 

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Under the Sea: Opening Ceremony
Under the Sea: App Connections
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Under the Sea: App Connections

Explore these great apps as we continue through Under the Sea.

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.

 

Journey Into the Deep

Read KinderTown's review of Journey Into the Deep.

Ever wonder what scientists who are researching our oceans are discovering? Check out the app, Journey into the Deep where scientists’ latest findings are recorded and shared. The app is organized into chapters, and children can explore all eight chapters that include text and interactive areas along with fascinating videos. This app is appropriate for children ages 8 and above. The text in the app is complex and some children may need the assistance of an adult to read all of it, or to understand the information more clearly. Journey Into the Deep is $2.99 and available for iPad.

 

Otter On His Own

Read KinderTown's review of Otter On His Own.

This digital storybook portrays the life of a sea otter and her new baby. Throughout the story, there are interwoven facts about sea otters. The digital story provides options to have it read aloud or to read it myself. The story can be enjoyed by children ages 3-8 and is $2.99.

 

 

 

 

ABC Aquarium

Read KinderTown's review of ABC Aquarium.

ABC Aquarium brings research and discovery to the youngest learners. Traditional encyclopedia-style presentations combined with videos, interactive activities and quality images makes the ABC apps from Peapod Labs truly special. The pictures are captivating and appropriate for young learners. The app is organized with pictures with an ocean theme in ABC order. Your child will be learning letters and words along with interesting facts about ocean animals and plants. ABC Aquarium is appropriate for children ages 3-6, and is $2.99.

 

Under the Sea Giveaway

 

 

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

 


Related Blog Posts

Under the Sea: Opening Ceremony
Under the Sea: Demme Learning Day
Under the Sea: Closing Campfire (7/16)

 

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Under the Sea: Opening Ceremony

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

 

Learn how to make an egg carton coral reef, learn about endangered sea animals, and lots more during our Under the Sea 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 #KTSea. 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!

 

Under the Sea Giveaway

 

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

 

 

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Under the Sea: App Connections
Under the Sea: Demme Learning Day
Under the Sea: Closing Campfire (7/16)

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Wonders of Water: Opening Ceremony (6/12)
Wonders of Water: App Connections (6/15)
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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.

 

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Wonders of Water: App Connections (6/15)
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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.

 

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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)

 

Next series: Discover the Sun.

 

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