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Thursday, August 13, 2015

What we did in July

It was a busy July!  Here is what we did:

1) My brother Devin s graduation Party

2) Had a 4th of July Party

3) A one day Art Camp at Hendershots

4) Flint Hill Farm Boshkowskis

5) A visit to the local pool with Finkbeiners

6) Canoeing on the Lehigh River with Allreds

7) Carnival and Fireworks with Boswells

8) Pioneer Day picnic at Church 

9) Shakespeare Camp

10) Shakespeare for Kids Play at DeSales

11) Celebrate Dannys Birthday

12) Pizza on the Grill with Finkbeiners

What did you do in July??

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Applesauce Making

Our very generous neighbors, the Kunsmans not only let us pick their apples but also let us use their pavilion, burners, pots, etc., to make applesauce. Plus we invited some friends the Lawracys.  We went home with a lot of applesauce! ��  We have the most generous neighbors ever!!!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

What Every GOOD Summer Camp Needs

I was just taking notes for myself, after reflecting upon such a successful summer camp. It excites me and thrills me so much that I am already planning next year's.  Hope this helps anyone who wants to do this in the future!

1) Memorize something important such as historical documents or classic stories : make it fun with singing, hand motions and expression

2) Be theatrical when teaching: wear costumes, makeup, use fake accents

3) Crafts:  making things = making memories. Using your hands reinforces what your learning

4) Snacks:  Have yummy, healthy snacks to eat and the more themed the better

5) Games:  Trivia games and ones that get kids moving are stimulating and strangely calming for the learning moments

6) Performing.  When kids perform what they learn, not only do they have a good time but they also are more likely to remember it!

7) A finale:  There should always be something to look forward and work towards at the end: A reward, play, Big Game, CAKE, etc.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Kids Say The Darndest Things

Yesterday Hayzel got a hold of my lip gloss.  Brinley notified me right away. She then asked if she could wear some which I obliged.  Of course all three girls wanted lip gloss, so they all got some.  Hayzel is hilarious first insisting to put it on herself....until she realized that wasn't happening.  I showed her how I did it on myself and she pursed her lips.  Brinley was ready to go and walked the walk with her hands out and ready.  Elly did the same and then said:

"Look, I'm a Mommy!"

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kids Say The Darndest Things

So I was listening to this podcast about eating healthy. One of the hosts was explaining how he was always skinny and could not pick up weight.  Elly was in the room and she said:

"I don't know why he would complain about that.  I like being skinny.  That's why I stretch everyday."

Ahh if only streching were the solution to being skinny.  It is cute what a 7 year old thinks.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Book Club

We are missing 2 girls, one just moved and another is on vacation

It will be a year in September since we started our own kid book club.  It isn't anything fancy, usually I find a nice picture book and Read it aloud.  
Their crafts, well okay apparently Brinley is holding Hayzels' craft.  It is flowers made from paint and toilet paper rolls
Then we discuss the characters, setting, plot etc. (About a 5 minute conversation...these are 7 year olds)

Painting away
Afterwards we do a craft related to the book, then follow up with a treat.  The kids also get a chance to catch up and play. We have been consistent and the girls always look forward to it. 

Painting away

 This is specifically designed with Elly in mind, however I am starting an Alphabet Club for Brinley once a month.  A chance for her to get together with her friends, focus on a letter, read a book, do a craft and enjoy a snack.  Play time is always allotted in the time frame.
okay so apparently this is Brinley's craft, and mother of the year I am, I threw it out because I thought it was baby Hayzels' (I helped Hayzel make a flower-not Brinley)


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!