Australia

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G’day, Mate!

This week, we’re traveling to Australia, the land of The Wiggles, kangaroos, and Vegemite. Today is a rainy day here, so we’re taking advantage of being stuck inside and watching one of my favorite movies, The Rescuers Down Under. I’ve literally been looking for an excuse to watch this movie ever since I discovered it’s on Netflix!

So, here’s the calendar of this week’s activities, and the appropriate links for instructions or whatever. Instead of listing specific books, I gave ideas for topics instead, and you can pick whatever you like (or can find at your local bookstore or library). We went to the library Tuesday, and Monkey Nose had a blast picking out books on ocean animals of all kinds, including sharks since that’s what we were looking for. She really is interested in all sorts of animals, and prefers non-fiction books with lots of pictures.

7/8-7/12/13 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Songs Willoughby Wallaby Woo Kookaburra Waltzing Matilda The Sailor Went to Sea Aiken Drum
Story The Sandcastle that Max Built Books about sharks Books about the beach Movie Day: The Rescuers Down Under Make a Memory Book
Games Make a sand center Shark Play Poem Make colored sand for sand center Hopping like a kangaroo Australian Animal Memory
Art/Science Spatter paint boomerangs Shark hats Sharks and minnows experiment Aboriginal bark paintings Koala door hanger

We had such a great time with the Sharks and Minnows experiment (I had printed out a clip art of a shark, glued it to a piece of card stock and a popsicle stick,  then painted it with dish soap) that MN insisted on repeating the project in the bath last night 🙂

We’ve decided to make a memory book with pictures from our projects and adventures this summer, and will add to it every Friday, instead of reading a specific book. You can do something like this using a notebook or a small photo album, or you can get fancy and design a photo book on Shutterfly (or your preferred picture website). Or, you can skip it all together and just read more books together. Whatever floats your book.

Also, here’s a link for a traditional Aboriginal song, that you may or may not find inappropriate for your child. I thought it was great and showed MN the YouTube video, but it’s up to you. My Boomerang Won’t Come Back

And, lastly, click on the hyperlink for The Sandcastle that Max Built to find a Google Doc with the words and some clip art . You can find or draw your own pictures if you don’t like mine. I won’t be offended, I promise!

Have a fun trip!

United States of America

Okay, okay, I know. I promised weekly updates, and it’s been 3 weeks! But in my defense, they have been a very busy 3 weeks 🙂 We have been blueberry picking at Earth Friendly Organic Farms , to the Firefly Festival at Terhune Farms, announced that WE’RE HAVING ANOTHER BABY, and tried (and failed) at a round of potty training for Monkey Nose. So, in the meantime, the whole summer camp project had gotten swept under the rug.

Well, now it’s back out, and we’re going to keep at it. It’s even on my “Summer Project To-Do List”, so it has to get done!

Last week, we stared our traveling with a little “staycation” right here in the USA, which seemed appropriate, it being the 4th of July and all. Here’s the calendar of projects and whatnot from that “trip”:

7/1-7/5/13 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Songs Yankee Doodle Wave a Little Flag Colors of Our Flag Independence Day Down at the Flagpole
Story America the Beautiful: Pop up book A is for Abigail This Land is Your Land Fourth of July Mice America the Beautiful
Games Patriotic Parade (make instruments) Ribbon Wand dancing Online Eagle puzzle Field Trip to the Spray Ground Park Bubble Play Day
Art/Science Make a Flag Patriotic Teddy Bear Bald Eagle Fireworks Painting Bubble Art

Many of the links here will bring you to other blogs that inspired my ideas. The links for books will lead you to amazon.com (not affiliate links), but I usually take Monkey Nose to the library for these sorts of things. We read a lot, and while I have quite an extensive picture book collection, it would just get too expensive to pay for every book we read!

And just for the fun of it, here’s a picture of Monkey Nose and a friend at the Spray Park in Monroe, NJ.

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Ready to Travel

Okay, here we go!

It’s the first week of  “Summer Camp at Home”.

Getting Ready to Travel:

6/10-6/14/13 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Songs The Wheels on the Bus She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain We’re Going on a Bear Hunt A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea Father’s Day songs
Story Felt Board Story Travel books Travel books Father’s Day books Father’s Day books
Games Vehicle Memory Move Like This-vehicle copycat Blueberry Picking Trip Bubble Play Day Fly a kite
Art/Science Paint Passport Messy Shirt Smock: tie-dye or paint Blueberry Picking Trip Bubble Wand/ Bubble Painting Travel Suitcase

I had said the theme this summer was Traveling Around the Globe, so this first week is about getting ready to go. We’re making passports and suitcases, getting them packed up and ready for our “trip”. We’ll read stories and sing songs about traveling. Since Father’s Day is this Sunday, we’ll make a project (Painting with Bubbles) that can be turned into a card or poster for Daddy.

Most projects, songs and games have links to instructions found online somewhere. (You’d be surprised how you can find entire preschool curricula online if you know where to look. Like this!) For books, take a trip to your local library for a wide selection on any topic. I have a fairly good collection of picture books built up over the years from Scholastic Book Clubs. These clubs are only available through a classroom or school setting, so talk to your child’s teacher if you don’t already receive book club order forms. Otherwise, you can still get great deals from their website, http://store.scholastic.com/, or Amazon.com, or your local library book sales (often just .50 per book).

I’ll be posting pictures in the Visual Aids category as the week goes by of projects and games. So excited to see how little Monkey Nose enjoys her very own Camp experience!