We just finished week 6 of Summer Camp, the "Exotic Animals" week. It was just amazing! We started off with a special visitor in our garden, the "flying lobster" moth", also known as "hummingbird moth". This animal is native to Illinois and Northern territories, but very few people know about it or have seen it before. It is a fairly large insect and it looks like half hummingbird and half lobster. It came to our garden to feed on the nectar of mint, which was flowering in full bloom. We took a video and photos of this animal and then discussed various possibilities of what could it be and wrote it on the board. Surprisingly, the very first guess "flying lobster" was the correct answer!! We now have a canvas photo of it hanging in the Iris Room and here is the video of its visit to our garden:
The highlight of our exotic animals study was the visit of the Flying Fox Conservation Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation of animals. They brought a variety of animals, including Steve, the sloth (he is famous!). Children had a great time touching and learning about chinchilla, armadillo, tenrec, aracari, lion rabbit, kinkajou, a snake and of course, the sloth! What a great experience!!!
Armadillo video: https://youtu.be/BeFd4jGXbzE
Steve, the sloth video: https://youtu.be/QJsi6wyRoLE
We also learned about fennec foxes, macaws, sugar gliders, pink dolphins, dogs and chickens as we learned the basics of their care.
At the end of the week some children prepared presentations about their favorite exotic animals. They received lots of applause.
Ms. Julie from the local library visited us this week and read us stories about Old Mcdonald and different animals.
We also celebrated Jonathan's birthday. He is now 5 years old! Happy Birthday Jonathan!
Next week is Sports Week.
We have activities planned for each day of the week as we will be practicing different types of sports. Please send children wearing tennis shoes and shorts to school as we will be moving a lot! We will have a special guest, who is quite famous in the NFL world, to give us a lesson on Football on Wednesday. And on Friday everyone is welcome to bring a bike to school.
Friday 7/19/19: Bicycle Day. Bring your bike to school with helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. We will block off the parking lot and ride around the sensory gardens. No scooters, skates and other non-bicyle vehicles. Tricycles ok. Note: Friday only. All bikes and bike items have to be labeled with the child's name. Please drop off the bike in the morning by the front entrance of our school (parking lot) and pick it up at the end of the day.
Lost and Found Alert: Still looking for a gray dinosaur hoodie with spikes.
Here is our Week 5 recap! We are officially right in the middle of the summer camp program. There are 5 more weeks left! This week was our Water Week. It was a short week and we enjoyed it immensely. The best part of the week was our field trip to the Splash and Play Water Park! This park is located in Buffalo Grove and it is open to adults and children of all ages. There are fountains, buckets of water and water cannons to play with. It also has a fun playground adjacent to it and we enjoyed all of it! Children staying at school had a lot of fun with water activities, shells, mud kitchen and gardening.
Not sure if the children should be playing in the mud? Check out this video about Mud Kitchen and its benefits:
We also prepared a singing/dancing program for our in-school celebration of the 4th of July. The whole school gathered in the library today for a formal Pledge of Allegiance and not so formal singing of the "Star Spangled Banner", "America, the Beautiful" and a dancing/singing interpretation of "This Land is Your Land". Oh, what fun!
As you are getting ready for the festivities of this holiday, please be mindful of animals, elderly and war veterans who might not enjoy the loud noise as much as others. And since some of the firework shows are late at night and you might be letting your kids stay up late to watch them, please remember that having a consistent bed time for your children is very beneficial for their health and happiness. Here is an interesting article about that Ms. Debra shared:
Remember: No School July 4th and July 5th.
Happy Independence Day!!
Next week is Exotic Animals week.
Let's what exciting things can we learn?
Enjoy the photos.
We just finished our Dance and Zumba week, aka week 4 of Summer Camp. It was so much fun! Every day we started off with Zumba as early as 8:00 am when all ages were welcome to join in. Each day we had a new dane routine to learn and review what we learned the day before. In the afternoon we had a more challenging dance routine to practice with the older children. We learned very quickly that dancing and Zumba are quite tiring exercises!! Some of our best moments this week were:
Happy birthday Max!
Next week is our Water week!
Monday is our Field Trip for children 4 years old+. Please send them to school ready for water play (See field trip form). Their field trip backpack should include:
The younger children will have a fun water day at the school.
We will have an in school 4th of July celebration with the children. Please have them wear their red/white/blue attire on July 3rd.
Remember: No school July 4th and July 5th.
See you next week.
Here is the Summer Issue of the AGBMS newsletter. Time flies so fast and we are already in the middle of week 4 of Summer Camp! This issue highlights some of the best moments of the end of the school year and beginning of summer. Enjoy!
Please take a close look at some of the upcoming dates, including the last day of summer (half day). school closing days and the first day of school.
Click on the image below to get a copy of the newsletter.
We just finished our YOGA week, which is the third week of Summer Camp. Every day we learned new yoga poses and relaxing breathing techniques. Children enjoyed doing yoga indoor and outdoors, on and off the yoga mats.
Our greatest teacher of yoga was Oliver, the puppy, as he gracefully and naturally eased us into the week and appeared on some days to demonstrate the proper way to do the "downward facing and upward facing dog" pose and to check if children were stretching correctly.
The afternoon group of children worked on their yoga booklets illustrating yoga poses they learned so far. They can use these to do yoga at home. Please take yoga mats home today.
Lost and Found alert: We are missing a gray zip up hoodie with dinosaurs and spikes on it. If found, please return to the Camp group.
Next week is Dance and Zumba.
Wear stretchy clothes and don't forget your hat and water bottle!
Reminder 1: No School July 3 and July 4th.
Reminder 2: Please apply sunscreen at home before coming to school.
Reminder 3: Please allow extra time for your travel due to construction on Palatine Rd to avoid late pick up fees.
Check out our AGBMS blog:
Enjoy the photos.
We just finished our week 2 of Summer Camp, which was the "Arts and Crafts". Oh what a week! We made "hooked on daddy" magnets as gifts for our dads. This was a multi-stage process that took us several days to complete. I hope all dads appreciate it and hang it somewhere magnetic for everyone to see. We also made glitter glue, painted a decorative bird feeder/night light, created the "happy Father's Day" garland for the picnic and made special cards. Children also worked on their own creative ideas individually. Everyone LOVED glitter!
A special THANK YOU to our dads who joined us for the Father's Day Picnic!
Enjoy the photos!
Happy Father's Day!
Next week is YOGA.
Please bring a yoga mat (labeled).
Our first week of Summer Camp has been so much fun! This was our Kitchen and Planting Surprises. Every day we wrote down the ingredients of what we are making on the board and then got right to work. We cooked so many things!
On Monday we made fresh salsa. It was so educational for children to touch, smell and slice the ingratiates! Most of them did not know about lime or cilantro.
On Tuesday we made mozzarella cheese and portobello mushroom dip. The cheese came as part of a science kid and we did not think that we would be successful at making it at first. Turns out we can do anything!! The cheese came out delicious but lacked a little salt. The mushroom dip was also a big hit. We used an electric skillet to make it.
On Wednesday we made fresh guacamole. Our ingredients included a half of jalapeño pepper! Children loved to smell this pepper and we could not even taste in the guacamole when we ate it.
On Thursday we made scrambled eggs with bell peppers, mushrooms and onions. One of the children grated a whole brick of cheese and we did eat it all with our eggs. The second batch of eggs included the other half of jalapeño pepper left over from salsa and the more adventurous children tried it along with the teachers.
On Friday we made milkshakes or, rather, ice cream floats. We had a dancing party outside followed by planting of flowers and milkweed seeds. We enjoyed eating lunch outside.
Children enjoy eating cold lunch outside. It gets hot and eating something cold tastes and feels so much better.
Please keep a light jacket in your child's cubby for those colder mornings or for the outside/inside temperature fluctuations.
Invest in sharpies and label your child's belongings.
Please apply sunscreen and fill up the water bottle at home so when children come to camp, they are ready to play outside!
Have 2 pairs for shoes for inside and outside play. Please label. Not sure why we do that? Please read about the befits of this attached.
Next week is Arts and Crafts. On Friday is the Father's Day picnic. Dads are invited to join us for lunch at 11:30 am. Please rsvp if you haven't already.
Enjoy the photos!
Have a great weekend.
See you next week.