So long summer camp... Almost!!
The classroom was organized for the children to participate in the clean up and break down of the classroom. They were so willing, helpful, and capable in accomplishing the tasks of testing the markers, sharpening the colored pencils, sorting the message center papers, cleaning up the blocks, sorting out the stamps, and each carrying a log outside.
When we got outside to deliver the logs, we discovered life growing through the cracks! It's alive! Upon crouching down to get a closer and better view of the lovely little greenery, we realized it was larger than we first thought or knew. More leaves were visible as we peered through the crack. The fern-like plant had many leaves that extended the width of at least two boards. That was as much as we could see because there were no other gaps between the boards. We were pleased with imagining all that must be living and growing beneath our feet.
The resting room can be a calm place to imagine, think, and have quiet conversations. Also, Campbell made a bed for the otter puppet, "Ottie" and he was also tucked in and will happily sleep in his bed tonight instead of in the "lovey" ficus tree.
Hopefully everyone rests well in these milder temperatures!
In the morning the children used their paper coins to buy jewelry. Children shared their resources to make sure everyone could afford to get special pieces. When people ran out of money, the shop owners went around and hid more coins around the room to stimulate the economy. Friday we will set up shop again, this time including art work and jewelry. We can't wait!
During the afternoon, the explorers and connections put on a talent show, performances included Hadley reading, Prater coloring, while Caleb,Hugh and Cate showcased their building. Campbell, Clara and Nora were the judges and the rest of the camp clapped and cheered for the performers. Prater was the winner for the explorers, and Grace the winner for the connections but they decided everyone who participated should be acknowledged so no feelings get hurt. It seems like the general feelings were excited and encouraging, how nice!
Our plans to visit the waterfront were derailed by the heat wave this week but we had a back up plan…the book store! Children read books and played games on tablets. The air conditioning was awfully nice and we enjoyed finding new books and picking up in the middle of books like Harry Potter. The walk back to school felt particularly long in the heat, so we stopped off at Thomas Sweets for some ice cream cones!
Children have been sewing but also spending time draping fabrics to create garments for our mannequin. They named her Clarice and she has had bathing suits, wedding gowns, and party dresses made for her. What a creative and productive bunch we have at camp!
"I'm going to make a mountain out of clay." -Maisie
The children have been eager for their clay work to dry so that they can "paint" it. Clay not only builds patience during the creative process but there is also the practice of patience in waiting during the drying and firing processes.
Today was our last day of clay so that we can move on to glazing our work and firing it a final time!
"I'm making a pillow." -Nora
I love to sew, It helps me feel calm. -Nora
Last week, we asked the children to create a list of things they would like to do at summer camp, and at the top of their list was sewing. Today, we were set up with fabrics for stuffies, blankets, purses and pillows. This was an impressive display of patience, waiting for needles to be threaded and knots to be tied. Some children did not care to wait so they worked on problem solving skills and worked it out independently, or found older children to recruit for help. Some friends finished their first projects and moved onto others, where other Hadley guessed she would be working on her sewing project every day this week!
Speaking of Hadley...Happy Birthday!
Hadley brought popsicles to share with the camp and we sang her happy birthday. Leigh noticed a tiny shell on the ground outside, and after some research, we learned it was sparrows egg. So happy birthday to the little bird too! Our clever friends found a stray hatchimal and decided the egg was it's home. We searched the trees until we spotted the nest we suspect it fell from.
Everyone loves this business! Maren
Clara and Maren decided they would clean the cobb house but wanted to make sure the other children at St Johns would take care of it once summer camp was over. Their solution was to create jobs. People need to be paid, so they designed a currency and created a jewelry shop where the children could spend their money. We set up a beading table where children could make their own jewelry if they did not want to work in the cobb house. Willa even figured out how to make clip on earrings!
(Curious) George helped glaze some clay sculptures.
Friends are also sewing and assembling stuffies!
Today we took our first field of Session 2 and we ventured to Rose Park! The see-saw is clearly everyone’s favorite activity, tic-tac-toe is a close second. We met younger friends at the park and some older children in another summer camp who rode their bikes to the park. It is wonderful to meet new friends!
The children voted on where our field trip should be next week and almost everyone agreed we should take a trip to the waterfront. We can't wait to see who we will meet there!
From Flash Flood Warnings on Monday to Water Play Day on Tuesday:
Mice, More Mice, Mice on Leashes, a Kiwi and a Cat...
Our interest in mouse research and crafting mice out of various materials continues! While Maren and Clara chose to venture beyond mice to imagine and create a kiwi (Maren) and a cat (Clara) out of faux fur, Nora, Charlotte Dagny, and Prater focused on mice and on creating embellishments like leashes, with which to walk their "pet" mouse.
Meanwhile, Caleb and Hugh constructed an airport and Willa and Lila made "french fries" out of paper.
In the studio... cLAy pLAy! And Welcome Yo-Yo!
Yo-yo, Tegan, Lily, Cate, and Maisie enjoyed each other's company around while engaging their hands in clay play. Maggie joined us after Yo-yo left. It was decided that Maisie, Maggie, and Tegan were book-type people and Lily and Cate were wild animal type people. Based on this they casually discussed what they might want to do when they grow up.