Aside from the games, the campers also had the opportunity to try on 49ers jerseys – they were SO small compared to the football player’s jerseys. They could barely see their feet. Overall, our campers had an exciting day filled with lots of laughs, sun and energy – they’re looking forward to their next field trip.
Science surrounds our daily life. Concepts can range anywhere from the anatomy of animals and humans to differentiating between trees. The weekly theme for our campers at LifeMoves | Opportunity Services Center is none other than science! The campers at OSC went to Huddart Park on Wednesday for a hike. While trailing through the woods, they obtained a lot of facts about different trees, such as the Redwood and Douglas Fir. The campers learned several rhymes about nature such as “leaves of three, let it be” and “leaves are hairy, it’s a berry!” During the hike, they looked for turret spider homes and smelled bay leaves. Before they left the park, they had the opportunity to look at some animal skulls and nests by the picnic tables.
On the way back from the park, the kids were excited to share what they learned. A couple of them even tried talking over each other to prove how much information they knew! I guess you can say that the information they learned really rooted itself into the minds of our campers.
Wouldn’t it be cool to be whoever you wanted to be? What if you could be your favorite superhero and fight villains 24/7? What if you could be Sherlock Holmes and solve any investigative case? We thought that, considering that this week is Performing Arts week for our kids at LifeMoves | Haven Family House, it would be an amazing opportunity to have our kids make their own costumes! We gave the kids a wide variety of materials, such as cloth, construction paper, and sparkly jewels, to make their costumes. From there, the kids had free reign to let their imaginations run wild! Our site was rampant with all types of characters, ranging from elves to royals. Overall, it was great seeing all of their smiling faces as they reenacted their particular character’s superhero powers or royal curtsies. 🙂 We believe that our kids can be whoever they want to be. The first move always begins with a dream.
This week is Green Week for our campers at LifeMoves | Villa. To start off their week, they learned about seed germination, the process by which plants grow from the seed, by placing beans and a wet napkin into a zip lock bag. The campers then placed the bags underneath the sun to await the fruits of their labor. For the rest of the week, they will be writing observations in their journal. If they did not know that patience is a virtue, they will now!
The rest of the day was spent playing board games as well as Twister. The kids had a lot of fun playing Twister because they had the opportunity to show off their gymnastic skills through extending their arms and legs to reach a desired color. It was definitely interesting to see all of the dynamic poses! We look forward to seeing what fun activities will sprout from the minds of our camp directors and camp counselors as this week continues.
Yesterday was a great day to learn about innovation and technology! The homeless kids at LifeMoves | First Step for Families enjoyed learning about cryptography, cyber security satellites, and plate tectonics. The different exhibits of the Tech museum provided a wide array of mixed learning opportunities and engaging tactile displays that appealed to both the older and younger kids. The volunteer camp counselors could definitely see the excitement exhibited through the gaping mouths, employed hands, and fascinated eyes. We must say that we have never heard more “Ooooo” and “Ahhhh’s” before today!