May 25, 2012

Nana Camp 2.0

My partner in crime when I was still working had this great thing she did during the summers with her grandchildren. They would come over in the morning and would work on "school stuff" and play (swim) all afternoon. This way their parents didn't pay for day care or camps, Nana got to spend time with her grandkids and the kids got the benefit of not having brain drain during the summer. A win/win/win situation.

Now fast forward 5 years and I have now implemented some of the thing I learned from the one summer I helped out with Nana Camp.

Since this was our first full week without school we have tried to get a routine going so that Hotrod can continue with his learning and still have fun. Below are some of the fun things we did this week.

We began practicing Dolch sight words that he will need to know for Kindergarden. I got these great cards from this web site, laminated them and we practice a couple of times a day. As he masters a word I add another.

We have started individual and guided reading a couple of times a day. Here is the book that works on the short 'a' sound. He can now reading it entirely on his own. 

Here is the sensory box I made and talk about here and here. This has been great in two ways, one, he loves the tactile feeling of the beans and two, it helps him work on muscles that he needs for writing.

 Here he is practicing his writing 

Here are some numbers and shapes and I know he is 5 and some think he should be farther along in his writing but from where we were 3 months a go this is a big deal. 

He wanted to draw a machine for everyone to see!

Not everything was "work" we had an outing yesterday to Home Depot, one of his favorite spots to go. Here he is testing out drills. We learned the physics of the battery pack of the cordless drill being heavier and you need to adjust the way you hold it so as to not drop it on the floor. We also had a math lesson in spacing when we planted our flower bed that I posted about here.

 And by today (Friday) he was so worn out that he slept until 8 A.M. a rarity in this house. And as you can see his bed didn't get made until after his nap. Also he was so wiped out he didn't even want to go outside and play, which he has been doing for 1-2 hours every day too.

So these are just some of our fun Camp 2.0 projects for this week. Hope everyone has a great summer!

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