Happy July to one and all!
We’re excited the start the month off with a Bang, Pop, and Crackle! as we jump right into Fourth of July projects to celebrate our country’s Independence Day with some fun activities. But the fun doesn’t stop there! On July 6th we will be bouncing with Spongebob, so remember to prepare for our second bouncehouse of the summer. And, speaking of bouncehouses, have you checked out photos from our first bouncehouse yet? If not, head over to our gallery page.
By now, you have surely noticed that the cucumber and tomato plants in our environmental garden have been growing like crazy. We will soon start planting and transplanting some bean plants, so make sure to ask your kid(s) about recent developments in the garden.
Aside from that, this month will be ripe with all sorts of other activities. We will be sensorily exploring clean and dirty mud; as a tastier corollary to that, we will also be making yummy dirt cups. We will be making moon sand, fossils, clay bowls, and, funnest of all, we will be making Slime. To develop our artistic abilities, we will be painting toast (yep, like the bread!), and, well, also regular canvases. As part of our cooking project series, we will be making various delicious snacks, such as a giant fruit salad and healthy trail mix. Of course, this isn’t quite an exhaustive list of our activities this month, but you get the gist of it. It’ll be fun!
Dates to Remember
3rd – closed for the Fourth of July
6th – Spongebob Bouncehouse
13th – Friendship Salad Lunch (don’t forget to sign up!)
16th – Dinosaur Hill Trip
20th – North Hill Field Hockey & Picnic
30th – Castle Bouncehouse
Remember that Thursday is Show and Tell day.
For field trip days, please remember to wear comfortable shoes (no open-toed shoes or crocks please) and bring in a brown bag lunch. Lunchboxes are a little too bulky for us to transport en masse.
Also, we recommend that you clean out your kid’s cubby once a week. Over the summer, stuff tends to accumulate.
I hope everyone's Memorial Day Weekend was relaxing and fun!
June is the start of our “Summer Camp Fun," so here are a few of our activities this month:
*Rochester Hills Public Library Tour
*Bring your Bike to School Day and participation in the St. Jude bike-a-thon
And here are some reminders to make the most of the summer:
*Remember field trips are pay as you go, and remember bring in your camp T-shirt on field trip days! Also, try to only send in brown bag lunches on field trip days. Lunchboxes are often too bulky to transport en masse.
*Every Friday is Water Day! Remember to bring a towel and a bathing suit!
*Thursdays are Show and Tell Days!
*Label everything you bring in with your child’s first and last name! Mix-ups happen, but we should try to limit them as much as possible!
*Please provide at least one pair of walking shoes for your child(ren). Flip flops and sandals are cute, but not too safe.
*Remember to send in socks on bounce house days!
*Don’t hold it against us (or your kid) if things get a little messy, especially on mad scientist day!
Our goal this summer is to have fun and explore the world around us through our five senses while staying safe! We will be writing up summer camp journals on a weekly basis so you will be able to read and discover camp through your child’s eyes!
And, as a final update, we wanted to let you know that we have finally started our organic garden once again. If you would like to build on the knowledge the kids will be gaining at the Center, feel free to encourage gardening at home and ask your kids what they’ve learned about vegetation, what it takes for life to take hold, what gardening has taught them about food, and so on. Studies have shown that an early introduction to gardening helps children gain a deeper understanding of where their food comes from, as well as giving them some insight into the development of plant life, from seedling, to flower, to fruit.