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Where to Send your Children to Summer Camp (or How to Create Your Own)

Where to How to Summer Camp or How to Create Your Own

Greetings,

Now is the time to look for those perfect, affordable summer camps for our kiddos.

Here is a wonderful directory provided by the National Association for Gifted Children to get you started.

Also, if summer camp is too pricey, think about putting together your own “camp”.  For instance, my son loves robotics and computer technology, so we are organizing our own Robo-Tech camp with a few other children using kits from Amazon and free online programs.  Some of the resources that we will be using are:

  • Renewable Energy Resources Textbook/Workbook (free, tvakids.com)
  • Scratch (MIT Computer Programming/Video Game Design Software; free)
  • Erector Multi-Model Construction Set by Erector $22.99 (Includes materials for 6 Models)
  • Elenco Snap Circuits Green – Alternative Energy Kit $43.66 (125 alternative energy projects included)
  • Elenco Electronic Playground 50-in-one $18.71
  • Thames and Kosmos Air+Water Power $32.11 (Includes materials for 15 models)

We will also be gardening, swimming, playing outside, playing chess, visiting museums and workshops, watching films, cooking, and feeding the homeless.  It should be an exciting summer and I am sure that you and your little ones will attend or create a program just as exciting.  If your daughter likes fashion, maybe you can create a two-week fashionista camp where she studies design drawing, color combinations, basic sewing skills, and finishes with a project or fashion show.  Be creative and have fun.

I hope that this was helpful.

All Best,

Nikala Asante

Herbs: Indoor Container Gardening Part 2

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Greetings,

As I begin to collect items for our indoor container garden, I am finding some very helpful printables and lesson plans. 

Herbs in the Classroom: Begin a small herb garden with an egg carton or Dixie cups.

Herb Identification Worksheet: Identify summer herbs with this neat free printable.  Some included are dill, rosemary, and basil.

Start a Pizza Herb Garden: plant herbs that your children will use to make a pizza!

Herbs for Kids: What’s Safe, What’s Not: From WebMD. St. John’s Wort, for instance, is not okay for kids.  Many herbs are.  Lemon balm for instance, calms anxiety.  (Use herbs for medicinal purposes at your own risk/benefit.)

Sensory Herb Garden Handout: Which herbs have the strongest smells and tastes that children can enjoy?  Use this handout to better understand the sensory aspect of your herb garden.

I hope you find these helpful.  Also, here are some generally helpful kids’ gardening printables:

Plant Parts: Parts of a plant.

Plant Growth: How a seed grows.

Plant Measurement: Track plant growth with this free printable.

Enjoy!

All Best,

Nikala Asante

Indoor Container Gardening

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Greetings,

We recently purchased a little pot of lavender with the goal of starting a small indoor container garden of herbs and vegetables.  For those of us who are yard space-challenged, indoor gardening may be an optimal option to get in touch with our green thumbs.  Our lavender has already grown to about 150% of its original size within 3 weeks.  With this in mind, we will be expanding our indoor garden to include more herbs and a few vegetables.

Gardening is a valuable component of a well-rounded homeschol curriculum.  If you would like to join us in our indoor gardening venture, please visit the following links:

Easiest Vegetables to Grow Indoors: Lettuce is at the top. Spinach, radishes, and tomatoes (using an aero garden) are also viable.

Herbs to Grow Indoors: Any herbs can be grown indoors, under the right conditions.

How to Grow an Herbal Tea Indoor Garden: Chamomile and Mint Tea is great for the kids and for you too!

Gardening Lesson Plans for kids: Awesome lesson plans from Growing Minds.

More Gardening Lesson Plans: Lesson plans for kids from Utah State University

Enjoy your indoor garden and let us know know it goes!

All Best,

Nikala Asante