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What we did in July

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It was a busy July!  Here is what we did:
1) My brother Devin s graduation Party2) Had a 4th of July Party3) A one day Art Camp at Hendershots4) Flint Hill Farm Boshkowskis5) A visit to the local pool with Finkbeiners6) Canoeing on the Lehigh River with Allreds7) Carnival and Fireworks with Boswells8) Pioneer Day picnic at Church 9) Shakespeare Camp10) Shakespeare for Kids Play at DeSales11) Celebrate Dannys Birthday12) Pizza on the Grill with Finkbeiners
What did you do in July??
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Applesauce Making

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1) Memorize something important such as historical documents or classic stories : make it fun with singing, hand motions and expression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

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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!"

Kids Say The Darndest Things

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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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Book Club

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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.   Then we discuss the characters, setting, plot etc. (About a 5 minute conversation...these are 7 year olds)
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. 

 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.