This summer is shaping up to be loads of fun! Campers will be out of the building two to three days a week on field trips. Look for letters to come home with all of the details on each trip and what your camper will need. Every day campers should come in wearing sunscreen and bring hats and sunglasses as we are outside a lot. They may also bring a fanny pack with a small water bottle, a notepad, pencil, magnifying glass, and anything else that will fit in their pack to be used for outside exploration.
- July 1- 5 My Country Tis of Thee This week we are headed to the park for a traditional Fourth of July picnic complete with art, games and a great picnic lunch. We will be learning about the Pledge of Allegiance, what a pledge is and what all those big words mean. Our book this week is The Revolutionary War on Wednesday; it is a Magic Tree House book that perfectly blends fictional adventure with lots of real information about the history of our great country.
- July 8 – 12 A Picture Perfect World This week we will travel to Laumieir Sculpture Park where we will spend the day wandering among the giant sculptures and learning a little about art. Our book this week just goes to show sometimes things aren’t perfect as we read the first book in the Series of Unfortunate Events, The Bad Beginning.
- July 15 – 19 Landforms of the World There are many landforms represented right in this area including prairie, wetlands, bluffs and forests. We are headed to the Watershed Nature Preserve to see some of them up close. We will be reading Bridge to Teribithia.
- July 22 – 26 – Weathering the World This week we will travel to the Hawthorne Animal Clinic where they try to make “weathering the world” a little easier for our four-legged friends. In addition to looking at all of the cute animals, we will have the opportunity to observe surgery and participate in a workshop on responsible pet ownership. Our book this week is A Dog’s Life about a stray dog and all of the hardships that come with not having people of his own.
- July 29 – August 2 Welcome to My World The Riverbend area is full of fun and educational places to go and the majority of them are free like Cahokia Mounds were we are going this week to learn about the first inhabitants of this area and how they lived. Our book this week is Little House on the Prairie which will help us understand what life was like for the settlers as they traveled and homesteaded across the country.