August 16, 2013 · 9:29 am
After a family vacation, its time to start good ol’ Mom Camp again. The original plan was to have two or three days for our Knight and Princess theme. But, with school just around the corner and so much to do before it starts, we had to squeeze things into a single day.
We made three crafts. The Princess wanted wands. I found these at the Dollar Store and saved them. She didn’t add too much decoration, but she was happy with them…
Next we made these cute little princess and knight crafts. The idea came from Busy Bee Crafts. Although we made up the princess craft ourselves. We used some left over fabric, glitter sticker sheets, cotton balls and buttons. The Princess needed a little help getting started, but Cinco made his knight without any help!
The next craft was a dragon! The idea for this one was borrowed from Activity Village. It was originally supposed to be a dragon made from a wooden spoon. Sadly, I didn’t get the chance to buy any wooden spoons so wemodified the craft and used plastic ones. The kids still had a great time painting and designing the dragons.
For our reading, we have been listening to in the car. The audio version is abridged. But, it is read by Rob Reiner, which is kinda cool. Thank heaven it’s been keeping the kids quite in the backseat as we do our chores! As aside note, they have yet t actually watch themovie!
Cinco also spent a lot of time reading a Choose-Your-Own Adventure style book about knights.
Our movie was: The film as recently been released on DVD. I loved it as a kid and it’s a great way to talk the kids about the Magna Carta. (Have I mentioned that ever summer I plan to do a Magna Carta Day for Mom Camp and ever summer, I miss it? If I ever get to Magna Carta Day, we will be watching this again.)
Update: I did do a Magna Carta Day….
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June 20, 2013 · 2:28 am
It’s another day of Summer Solstice activities and fun for Cinco and The Princess. Today we finished off some fairy projects but also started working on the sun aspect of the solstice.
We bought this solar power kit (I got it for $4 new @ Goodwill– go figure) The kit was not quite as easy as they suggested it would be on the box. We had to use the glue gun to make sure all the parts stuck together, especially the Eiffel Tower–which would NEVER have stayed together without the glue gun!
Then we had a slight issue with our solar panel. One of the wires connecting the panel to the charger was loose. Luckily, I managed to re-attach it using some packing tape. This provided us the chance to talk about how the energy circuit had to be a closed loop for the machines to work properly. So, it all worked out and we even had a little extra lesson.
We got everything up and running and then decided to do an “experiment” to see how long a full charge could keep the windmill turning. Seems the answer is 10 minutes 59 seconds. Cinco was excited by this because his guess had been 12 minutes so he was pretty close. Tomorrow Cinco plans to see how long a full charge will power the waterwheel and Eiffel Tower.
Math practice was also sun themed with a worksheet from teach-nology.com. It’s an addition worksheet that has the student color in un as they do the math problems.
Work on Fairy Manner continued. We got the garden/outdoor feature settled. We have a river w/ boats and oars, a bridge (Thanks again, Disney), trees and a picket fence (mini popsicle sticks $1 @ goodwill).
We also made a wand for the fairy princess! But sadly, we did not have the time to make the bow and arrow. I guess that has to wait until tomorrow!
Even mom campers have to eat, so we went to Trader Joe’s. We didn’t let that car ride go to waste.We listened to Shakespeare for Children by Jim Weiss. It’s a children’s version of two of Shakespeare’s plays on the disk narrated by Jim Weiss. I love his CD’s and now you can you can get audio downloads of his work on Amazon, which is new and great! We listened to Midsummer Night’s Dream on the car ride. The story is a little confusing with so many changes in the love triangles.
I think reading the book with the kids and listening to another version of it will help them to figure out what is happening in the story.
Oh and we ended with baseball practice and swimming lessons again!
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