Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer School Brainstorming

I'm starting to come up with ideas for the two summer school classes I'm teaching next month. Summer school is a fun setup at my school and I have the freedom to do whatever I want. Each camp is 5 hours a day for 5 days. This is equal parts fun and challenging. My students range from 5-9 years old with a wide range of abilities/disabilities. It's always a challenge to find things the kids can do together and keep all of their interest.

Week 1 will be Kids Camp. I try to run this like a regular summer camp and use theme days to stay organized.
Themes I've come up with so far:
  • Arts and Crafts Day
  • Game Day
  • Sports Day
  • I still need 2 more themes....???
Week 2 will be Science Camp. I like to do all the science experiments I never have time to set up during the school year. I ordered a Scholastic book of hands-on science activities that I plan on using. Below are a few of the activities I was thinking of doing.
  • Water science (ice/melting/evaporation, sinking/floating, etc)
  • Volcanoes
  • Magnets (I have fun activity where you make a magnetic puppet theater that the kids have really loved to do in the past.)

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