Hello from sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! Yes indeedy...this girl ended up getting a vacation after all. Summer reading camp finished up Friday, and we decided on Tuesday to rent a beach condo for a last minute vaca! I am so excited to spend some quality time with my daughter while the rest of the family remained at home doing teenager things with our German guest. (High School graduates are not very thrilled about their little sisters showing up to their youth group events...mom to the rescue!) Okay...he didn't have to twist my arm too much. We're going to have a GREAT week!
Speaking of the great weather at the beach. How about I share a bit about our last week of summer reading camp? I expect some of my readers teach by themes or include weather as part of science. (All week, I stressed to the kids we were not doing school. We were having science camp, art camp, reading camp, and writing camp! It's all in how you spin things, right??)
I'll start off with the bibliography. Here are the books I pulled for the week. Some were read alouds, but most we had as sets in our tradebook collection, so that worked out beautifully.
Of these, my favorite of course was Thunder Cake since I adore Patricia Polacco, but I also loved the Weather book by Usborne. It hit the reading level of my kids perfectly, and they were just amazed by the interesting information shared within the book. The kids just loved making thunder cake with me, and ironically, we had a thunderstorm the night before.
During the week, the children completed these wonderful activities in conjunction with the literature we read, and they were all FREE! (even better, right!)
Here are a few pictures of my group in action. They were so excited to break in my room for the year too. :-) Love this reading time shot.
I loved doing this project with the kids. On one side...Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs craftivity, and on the other side?? Weather Wonders....all the interesting things they learned for the week.
Many schools require some to attend summer school in the summer, but I have to say Patriot Summer Camp is much more appealing. If you have a local college in your community, build a partnership. Seek out the program coordinator and see if you might be able to join forces to provide an enrichment opportunity like this. We had so much fun and so did the children.
Until next time, happy reading!