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Friday, July 24, 2015

Voice Lessons

 Elly has been blessed with a beautiful voice.  And seriously people, it's not just me with all my motherly admiration.  I have had people approach me and tell me she has such a clear beautiful voice. She has a natural gift my almost 8 year old.  And so we know another young lady in our church who is equally as blessed start giving Elly voice lessons a few weeks ago.  She loves it!  And look what her teacher Mrs. Cecliy made!! Awesome!!

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Shakespeare Camp Day 4

Our acting crew

In the middle of a scene

Today was our last day of camp.  I am so happy with how everything turned out. And can now take a sigh of relief.  Tomorrow we all meet up for "Shakespeare For Kids" play.  But this is what we did for our last day: Day 4 of camp:

Human Tic Tac Toe

1) Play Human Tic Tac Toe.  It was a review game of all we learned the previous days before

Goofy picture

2) Set Up our Stage Props and have a Dress Rehearsal.  The kids acted out the scenes where King Oberon puts the love potion in Queen Titiana's eyes and Puck puts the love potion in Lysanders' eyes.  Then we see Hermia wake up asking where Lysander went, Lysander waking up and seeing Helena, tells her he loves her.  Puck turns Nick Bottom into a donkey. Queen Titiana also awakes and beholds Nick Bottom the donkey and proclaims her love.  The kids REALLY enjoyed the acting!!  What a great way to end camp!!

More Human Tic Tac Toe: With Shakespeare Trivia Questions

3) Play "Shakespeares' Got Talent"  Afterwards the kids got to dress up and spray their hair with glitter and color spray.  Then we picked adult judges and had them sing "I know a bank....".  However they had to pick paper with instructions out of a bowl, to determine how they were to sing these lines (Like a lion, disco, opera, pinching their nose etc.)  Everyone had a turn and since the kids wanted to do it again we teamed them up boys and then girls second time around. 

What is Summer Camp without a Cake!

4) We ended with Cake, ice cream and lemonade.  Best day of all when you get to see that each kid can sing Shakespeare lines, act it out and enjoy the props they created. 

Hayzel playing with the big kids

This camp was such a success we will probably end up doing Shakespeare every other year: different plays each time.

Elly wanted a fairy hair do

Shakespeare Camp Day 3

Out curtain backdrop

Well if Shakespeare Camp wasn't fun enough already, my friend Anna take Wednesday and really piled on the fun!  This is what we did day 3:

The Book Anna used

1) Went over all of lines again in song form with hand motions (Skip to my Lou)

"I know a bank,
Where the wild thyme blows,

Where oxlips,
And the nodding violet grows,

Quite overcanopied,
With luscious woodbine,

With sweet muskroses,
And with Eglantine"

Hayzel really tried to help out!

2) Anna gave us a lesson on the Theater and how Will Shakespeare got into writing and acting and creating a theater with friends.  She showed us pictures and quizzed us.

3) Craft Time: Then we set to it and got to creating props: Cardboard Trees and curtain backdrop to paint!  It was a blast and impressive!  The kids also colored woodland animals and cut them out to go on our backdrop and trees.

finished product

4) Snack Time: We had apples, dip and nuts.  In honor of the theater, because peasants would bring this kind of food along for the plays and if they didn't like the show they would throw it at them!

Everyone painting trees

5) Play Acting:  By our favorite apple tree the kids stood in a circle and one by one took turns saying their names with an action.  Then everyone else had to copy them.  Kids loved this.  Afterwards they played a form of charades: acting out an emotion or animal that everyone had to guess. 

cutting out woodland animals

6) Rehearsing Shakespeare Lines

Everyday I provide 2 big jugs of lemonade and water, as well as cups and plates.

Shakespeare Camp Day 2

Elly making her fairy wings

For our second day of Shakespeare Camp we did the following:

These kiddos are ready for anything!

1) Review our Shakespeare lines in song form (Skip to My Lou), but also added these lines:

"Quite overcanopied,
 with luscious woodbine,

With Sweet Muskroses,
And with Eglantine"

2) Then we sat down on blankets by a nearby tree (me on a chair) and I read to them the kids version of "A Midsummer Nights Dream."  It was the Shakespeare Can be Fun version by Louis Burdett.  It is great!  I read in funny voices, act it out and ask questions every 2 pages.  They were all very engaged!  And I take a break half way through to play a game.

3) We played Shakespeare Jeporady: Combined the kids into 2 groups

Wing Making Table

4) Craft Time and Face Painting!  We made leaf crowns, paper plate wings and decorated water gun swords.  Did more face painting.

5) Break!  Let the kids play tag and run around for 15 minutes

6) Snack Time: Grapes, pretzels and bread: We finished up the book while everyone ate their snack.

7)  Review our lines once more!  Then play! The day was a success!  The really fun stuff comes the next day!

These are the books I have read to my girls or to myself for the prep work.  Very helpful as well as enjoyable!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Shakespeare Camp

 Hayzel and friend

This week is Shakespeare Camp!  I have been hosting and organizing Summer Camps for five years now.  Since basically my kids were so young they could not truly appreciate it.  But that is alright because I love doing it and learn how to throw a camp together a little better each year. 
In the past we have done different themes: Native Americans, Little House on the Prairie, Around the World, Science Experiments and this year Shakespeare.  The camp lasts four days and on the fifth day this year we will attend a local university to watch a kids version of Mid Summer Nights Dream.  I will tell you the day by day version of our camp in individual posts.  Today we will go over Monday.

Creating our Medival Poems

Review Our Lines in Song Form.  We are memorizing some lines from Mid Summer Nights Dream.  I set it to song (Skip to my Lou) and hand motions.
"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,"
These are the lines we learned Monday and the kids did great and caught on really fast!
I dressed up as a town crier-nope no pictures thank goodness.  I took out a rolled up paper and presented with a "Hear Ye Hear Ye!!" and read a silly and not super great poem I wrote about Shakespeare:
"There once was a boy named Will,
To Black Death he did not take ill,
It was 1564 when baby Will was born,
In Stratford England he grew up the norm,
His Daddy John created purses, belts, gloves,
His Mommy Mary was as gentle as the doves,
And Elizabeth the 1st was the Queen and not the worst,
For Good Queen Bess was well more liked than the rest
When William grew to an adult he married,
To a lady named Anne Hathaway he tarried,
They had Susanna and the twins,
All these kids made his kin,
Their family was complete
And it was pretty sweet
So he set off for the city of London to write and act,
He began writing great plays and that's a fact,
Soon he was well known through out the land,
And even good Queen Bess thought he was grand,
And so now I end this rhyme,
 which I feel is so sublime,

But do not think of taking a rest,
Because at the end there will be a test"

(Information from the "Who was William Shakespeare? "  Book By Celeste Davidson Mannis-The biographies with the pictures of big heads)

Brinley and friend

After this I played a True False game with them.  I mentioned many true and falsified facts about Shakespeare and they stood up when it was true and sat down when it was false.  That took about ten minutes and they did well.

Craft Time: consisted of making our poems on tea dyed paper with feathers and paint.  We also did face painting for those who wanted Shakespeare mustaches and goutees. 

We played hopscotch and tag for a nice break-plus Shakespeare would have played these games during Elizabethan times. 

Snack Time was Cookies and musroom shaped apples and cheese.  Tuesday we Read the Story "A Mid Summer Nights Dream"

Mushroom Snack

             We ended with Reviewing the Shakespeare lines.  It was easy and enjoyable!


Friday, July 17, 2015

Summer Fun

Went to the carnival tonight.  The girls went on a few rides and we got ice cream.  We went with our friends the Boswells. Then we saw the most AMAZING fireworks.  They were set to music and they were INTENSE!!!  Seriously very Cool.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summer Fun

We are prepping for a canoeing, camping trip this August.  Little Hayzel is too small to truly enjoy it so grandparents will watch her.  This evening we went with Elly and Brinley for an hour and a half.  The Allreds helped us on our first family canoe trip ever. It was fun. Brinley was pretty scared but it was our first time so I suppose that could be expected.  All in all it was good fun!  

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

4th of July

Well our picnic went out with a BANG!!  Family and friends came for food and such as....

-Seed spitting Contest (Cherries)

-Pie eating Contest

-Revolutionary War Trivia

-Folding a Flag Correctly (without letting it tough the ground) we had 3 military veterans there

-Face Painting

-Horse Shoes

-Ping Pong




I LOVE to plan a party and get in some learning at the same time!!

more pictures to come....

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Fun

Well in June we managed to:
1) see a Rapunzel play
2) go on a pontoon boat ride
3)visit a lavender farm
4) participate in a one day science camp
5) have a poetry tea party with frienda
6) have a Fathers Day meal with Lawracys
7) visit Grandma Cooper and cousins at Cabelas and Cracker Barrel
8) have pioneer planning meeting with friends and girls got to make fruit loop necklaces there.

Elly and Danny joined the church choir. Elly has a beautiful voice and we are trying to share her strenghthen and share her talent.  None of that hiding it in the ground.☺