Camp Estivo!!!

I hold a Master’s of Fine Arts, previously I have taught in a University level (draping class in the Fashion Department).  As an American girl growing up in a small Texas town,  I grew-up with Girl Scout Camp.  Now looking at the town in which my our two boys are growing-up I see it  is completely different.  All we have is a park with a slide, some swings, and a see-saw.  For some reason this park always seems to be dirty with trash, or dead birds (as my oldest found twice last year)!

At the beginning of the school year I began researching lesson plans, and reading as many books on education and homeschooling.  I felt my oldest was lagging a bit, so I began to have mini classes with him in the weekends.  Before I knew it , I now have files on lesson plans, activities, etc. on every subject.

With the summer break arriving soon, I wanted to make sure my boys had an exciting, educative summer (the oldest is not six and the youngest two and a half.)  Taking into consideration all we have available in our town is the ‘Park’.  I took it into my own hands to plan a ‘Camp Estivo’ a summer camp for the children of our community!  I thought it would be something nice for the parents as well as the children of our town!

It took some time being that I was doing it all on my own, and all the expenses were out of my pocket.  I also struggle with the issue of the language.  It was sometimes frustrating talking and doing things with the children when on the spot I wanted to say it in English.  All my lesson plans and activities were first drafted in English, I then translated it into Italian. But in the end all my work, and all my expenses were definitely worth it  for the children of our community to learn something, enjoy time together, and enjoy their summer break!

Here is my program or syllabus:

Camp Estivo 2012

LUGLIO 4 – AGOSTO 22 (9:30 – 11:30am)

Prima Settimana- Luglio 4 Mercoled

Arte

L’oceano/mare e gli animali

Dove ci incontriamo: Parco

Seconda Settimana- Luglio 11 Mercoled

Tour- Museo di Storia del Calcolo “Mateureka”

Matematica

Dove ci incontriamo: Museo di Storia del Calcolo

 Terza Settimana- Luglio 18 Mercoled

Inglese

Leggo un libro -Usando le parole in inglese e italiano . Lavorare con le parole.

Dove ci incontriamo: Caffe’ Della Nina

Quarta Settimana- Luglio 28 Sabato

Tour- Parco Naturale Sasso Simone e Simoncello

Animali- Creazione di animali con articoli trovati

Dove ci incontriamo : Parco Naturale Sasso Simone….

Quinta Settimana- Luglio 31 Marted

Tour- Church

Costruire una chiesa miniture, o disegnare e dipingere.

Dove ci incontriamo: La Cattedrale di Pennabilli

Sesta Settimana- Agosto 8 Mercoled

Musica

La lettera e colori.

Dove ci incontriamo : Parco

Settima Settimana- Agosto 15 Mercoled

Tour- Il Teatro Vittoria

Maschere italiane- conoscere melio il Carnevale.

(Ariecchino,Pucinella….) Fai la tua propria maschera.

Dove ci incontriamo: Teatro Vittoria

Ottava Settimana- Agosto 22 Mercoled

All’aperto- Parco

Costruire e progettare un aquilone.

Dove ci incontriamo: Parco

Partire da un anno e mezzo fino a cinque anni

I fornire gli elementi da utilizzare se non notificate prima sessione.

Io sarò lì ogni incontro seconda del numero di bambini che frequenta

e si sono certamente i benvenuti con il vostro bambino, o se ho un’altra madre per aiutare i bambini possono essere

lasciati con noi ad ascoltare, creare e giocare!

Orario- 9:30- 11:30

Per favore fatemi sapere entro il 25 Giugno se il vostro bambino sarà presente e che settimana saranno presenti. Si prega di notare, ogni bambino è invitato a partecipare ad uno o alcuni degli settimana avrei solo bisogno di sapere che per avere i materiali pronti per ogni bambino.

Tutti incontro sono ad ingresso libero.

PER GLI INCONTRO E’NECESSARIO ISCRIVERSI!

Now, since at the time I was also working on my own projects, I could only allow myself to conduct the meetings  once a week in the morning.  Each meeting focused on a different subject each session would begin with a presentation of the subject followed by a hands own activity.  I utilized local locations in our community!  I was surprised that many of the children who have grown-up here had not visited some of the museums in town.

First Meeting Focused on Art and the Ocean/Sea animals Collage. It was held in the park each child created their own collage using plates as the canvas!

My son's collage.

My son’s collage.

I was so very happy with the outcome and to see the enjoyment of my boys and their friends!

Some Robot Fun!

First off, sorry I have been away so long, I am back!  The beautiful weather is finally here!

spring

It is so beautiful outside, I began running again!  Here is my view on my way home, beautiful! I am so excited because the boys can play outside now!  The oldest is six, the youngest is two and a half.  Just like normal children, they have so much energy!

So, when they can play out in the open, it is alway good for them (and for me)!!  This weather also gives me so much energy!  I began making lesson plans of activities, games, etc..

I noticed that recently the boys are really interested in robots!  So we made some robot soldiers!  They are simple, fun, and quick to make!

Robot Soldiers

To avoid fighting, one troop is in red and the other in blue!

Are you ready to make some Robot Soldiers!

Supplies:

– Wine Corks

– Card board (I used the card board of the yogurt packs.)

– Clear Packaging Tape (Wide clear tape.)

– Glue

– Scissors

-Print out of Robots

Doing a random Robot Google search, I discovered this amazing blog:

http://blog.mytinystar.com/2010_06_01_archive.html

To Do:

– Print out robots.  Instead of printing them in varying colors, you can print them out normally and have your little one’s color them!

– Glue the robots to the card board.

– Cut out the robots.

-Take a piece of tape long enough to overlap, this will allow for it to hold better.  Place the robot on the cork and attach!  The same is done for each one!

Now your little one’s are ready for some Robot Fun!!

 

 

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