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
Prima Settimana- Luglio 4 Mercoledὶ
Seconda Settimana- Luglio 11 Mercoledὶ
Tour- Museo di Storia del Calcolo “Mateureka”
Terza Settimana- Luglio 18 Mercoledὶ
Quarta Settimana- Luglio 28 Sabato
Tour- Parco Naturale Sasso Simone e Simoncello
Quinta Settimana- Luglio 31 Martedὶ
Sesta Settimana- Agosto 8 Mercoledὶ
La lettera e colori.
Settima Settimana- Agosto 15 Mercoledὶ
Tour- Il Teatro Vittoria
Maschere italiane- conoscere melio il Carnevale.
(Ariecchino,Pucinella….) Fai la tua propria maschera.
Ottava Settimana- Agosto 22 Mercoledὶ
Costruire e progettare un aquilone.
Partire da un anno e mezzo fino a cinque anni
Io sarò lì ogni incontro seconda del numero di bambini che frequenta
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!
I was so very happy with the outcome and to see the enjoyment of my boys and their friends!