Summer and Spring Camp Stone Ridge

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The world we live In

 SUMMER CAMP JUNE 12-AUG 18

 WEEKLY THEMES

Nurturing Nature -June 12- June 23

Children can be described in terms of their traits. Some traits are inherited and others result from interactions with the environment. In this lesson, students begin to develop an understanding of the role played by nature (our genes) and nurture (the environment in which we live and the things that happen to us) in defining who we are and what it means to be human. This can be a difficult concept for students. This themed unit allows students to develop a variety of academic skills as they learn about nature including bugs and insects. Without insects, our lives would be vastly different. Insects pollinate many of our fruits, flowers, and vegetables. We would not have much of the produce that we enjoy and rely on without the pollinating services of insects and bugs, not to mention honey, beeswax, silk, and other useful products that insects provide. Learning about nature is important for children by helping them explore their environment and nature they can get a better understanding of themselves. 

Amazing America -June 26– July 7

Teaching children about America is important and beneficial. This theme will help children understand their important role within their community and country, they will also learn about the history and the geography of our great country. It provides self-awareness and identity and improves children’s decision making and judgment skills. Children will also learn motor skills by learning line dancing. Ponies will be making their appearance at the center and the children will have the opportunity to take a ride upon them! Everyone will also have the ability to express themselves creatively and dress up as cowboys and learn the customs of American history. 

Lead Chef - July 10- July 21

Eating healthy and nutritious food is very important. By teaching children about cooking and eating healthy we can reinforce making healthy food choices, fostering social skills since communication is an important part of cooking with another person. Children also learn about math by reinforcing basic math skills like counting, weighing, measuring and estimating with every recipe. Cooking can help children learn responsibility and independence. When kids learn how to make a pizza or cook spaghetti, they’re also learning how to follow directions. Learning how to safely use kitchen equipment, cleaning up messes as they happen and washing and putting away kitchen gear when their cooking project is done fosters responsibility, boosts confidence and prepares kids for the time when they’ll be in charge of making their own meals. In the next 2 weeks we will use hands on cooking experiences to make simple food and healthy snacks. 

Our Galaxy -July 24– Aug 7

We live in one of the arms of a large spiral galaxy called the Milky Way. The Sun and its planets (including Earth) lie in this quiet part of the galaxy, about half way out from the center. As we explore the world around us it is important to remind children about the world above us. Our focus for the next 2 weeks are teaching children about our earth being a part of a larger galaxy called Milky Way. The children will be exposed to science and sensory activities such as making galaxy slime and galaxy sensory bottles. We will also be taking a trip to the Chantilly Air and Space museum to learn about planes, and rocket ships. Children will also be encouraged to engineer their very own spaceships using Popsicle sticks, aluminum foil, and other recycled materials.    

Wonders of the Sea - Aug 11- Aug 18

Going to the beach and enjoying a day by the ocean is most favorite pastime for American families. By learning about the sea and sea animals we will expand our children’s horizon to the world that may not be seen on a daily basis. During these 2 weeks we will help children develop a better understanding and knowledge of the world under the sea with taking advantage of different learning tools such as art activities, and experimenting with water in a hot summer day. The importance of water safety will also be emphasized during this theme.   Children will also enjoy a show called Kinderquarium, where children will be exposed to creatures of the sea. 

Camp Experience: - August 21 –August 23

Reflection is an important skill to have in life. It gives us a chance to look back upon all the experiences we encountered and learn what some of our favorite things are, and how we can make good choices to continue to see positive outcomes. The last three days of summer will give the children a chance to reflect and recreate their favorite moments from Camp EdVenture, they will accomplish this by creating journals and mini scrap books of their favorite moments. 

 

 

 

 

 

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