Thursday, July 26, 2012
Early Childhood Camping Unit
So, I decided to bring them home to do a camping unit with my kids (the theme of VBC this year was "national parks,") and then to donate the compoents of the unit to a local daycare. Everybody wins!
I re-created a scene that I had put up in church last week, then added a few "learning components" to make it a school activity.
First, I turned our lake and waterfall into a fishing for letters game.
free camping printables from 2 Teaching Mommies and made a literacy center out of the camp table.
printables from 2 Teaching Mommies:
video. (We do that often as well, to practice one-to-one correspondence and number recognition.)
We also managed to eat a few camping-staple foods, like s'mores and (nitrate free, all natural) hot dogs. I abandoned these attempts by dinner though, and instead made some roasted potatoes with sauteed summer squash and zucchini. Hey- I'm all for themed eating, but I have to make sure we eat a few veggies right? Besides, Garrett brought the veggies in from the field minutes before we cooked them. No one complained.
All in all, this unit provided us with some great learning opportunities, lots of fun, and the interest to go camping "for real" once the weather starts to cooperate!