We are having so much fun participating in the Leap Frog Summer Camp for kids 4-8. If you have not signed up yet, jump on over there now, you can join right in and start having some educational, hands on, and super fun learning with your children. The program runs until July 28, 2012 and you can join in, take a break, and then join back in again if you have vacation plans. Best of all the entire thing is FREE!
If you have kids older or younger, don't worry, the activities and ideas and totally adaptable to any age if you just use some of your own creativity! My son is 3 and he is having fun and joined right in on everything his 5 year old sister is doing. There are printable worksheets, and "leason plans" for each day with a big bunch of supplemental activities to continue building the skills for each theme.
Week 1's theme was "Out and About," and it focused on our community, ways to travel, how to pack appropriately for your destination, basic map skills, and the like. We completed a bar graph of all the different modes of transportation we observed on our drive to pre-school, which is a great math skill that little ones really enjoy and can be successful with.
My daughter had a blast working on her directionality with the help of this printable and the the accompanying finger puppets!
We also used an old shoebox and created a model of her bedroom as one of the extensions suggested.
Now, we are in Week 2 and the theme is "Caring for Animals." Let's say, we already work on that here in our home. We have had some difficulty with our fish, but luckily have managed to keep the dog alive! Here is where my 3 year old really got into it. Apparently, part of taking care of animals involves keeping them snuggly warm.
We also spent lots of time collecting and observing bugs and insects we found around the neighborhood. We saved one of my plants from a caterpillar infestation and set those guys up with a sweet pad inside an old pickle jar. We discussed how they will get nutrition, exercise, and water so we added sticks for climbing, lots of flowers, leaves, and grass for food into their new habitat. Now, I need to remember to keep those guys out of the sun!
This really has been such a blast and not at all like "school." We are just having some organized fun and exploring our environment in educational ways. It is no stress, I am just choosing the activities that best fit my kids interests and will challenge them just a bit to promote some real learning.
Here is whats coming up beginning next week!
Week 3: Puzzle Time
Week 4 : Art and Music
Week 5: Writing That's Real
Week 6: Storytelling
Week 7: Science Adventures
Week 8: Friendship Week
Hop on over and check out Leap Frog Summer Camp. As a teacher, I am HIGHLY recommending this FREE program for all young kids. And like I said, get creative and adapt the activities so all of your family can be involved.