Saturday, June 21, 2014

In Our Lives…

Crazy Hair Day
Another week of summer flew by. It was a week of Camp Galileo, and Smarty absolutely loved this camp. Kids were completely immersed into a theme of Australia and Oceania - creating art, inventing monsoon shelters and tsunami warning systems, and making up Maori chants. As a blogger, I signed up for a campaign to promote Camp Galileo, but my opinion is my own – this is a terrific camp for kids who love science and active games. Smarty is already begging to go back to that camp next year and sign up for more than one week. You can check Camp Galileo for yourself – there might still be seats available this summer:

Summer Learning

Paper Planes
Smarty was staying in extended care for Camp Galileo – we were picking her up at around 5 pm. One day she told us that she learned to fold 3 different airplanes from a book that she read in her extended camp. It was cool to learn something new from her – we folded planes and tested them in our backyard.

What My Child Is Reading

Harry Potter Goblet of Fire
Yes, Smarty found her next best book ever. In one week she read through four Harry Potter books – basically, it was all that she was doing at home. She was not even interested in computer games, which is very unusual for her. Smarty says that she can come up with any number of stories about Harry Potter in her head – it’s really too bad that she never shares those stories with anyone.
There was a lively discussion on my Facebook page about whether Harry Potter books are appropriate for someone as young as Smarty (she is 7). We were hesitating for a while, but then we decided that we would answer all the questions she might have about the events in the books. Interestingly, darkness doesn’t bother her, but rule breaking does.

Favorite Memory from This Week

Father's Day 1
Smarty was very excited about Father’s Day. In addition to the Lego card holder, she made Papa a card, a Happy Father’s Day picture (she taped it to her bedroom door, so Papa would see it first thing in the morning when he got out of our bedroom), a Sculpty clay candleholder, and she also gave him some sweets in that tissue box with a game “guess your sweet” to go with it. Papa was very pleased with his presents and with all extra sweetness she poured on.

Most Popular Post and Pin

It was a busy week on the blog with traffic chugging along merrily. For the third week in a row, this pin brought traffic to June Books for 2 and 3 year olds, but the most popular post of the week was Open Ended Summer Science. It pleases me because I had a lot of fun writing that post!

Your Turn

How was your week?


Ticia said...

Surprisingly busy with only 1 kid. But, over all it was a good week, just very tiring.

Bronwyn Joy said...

Love the idea of open-ended science. I think that's my favourite way of doing science with kids - just following their noses!

Phyllis said...

The camp does sound fantastic and making paper airplanes is a good skill to have.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Smarty's gifts sound very sweet!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Smarty's gifts sound very sweet!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Our week was scattered - everyone doing their own things...with me running to keep up. We had a great time making rubber band cars yesterday though, inspired by your engineering post!