October 17, 2017

We have been a very busy group!

*Color Mixing & Absorption*

Our kiddos have fallen in LOVE with our watercolor mixing area! We brought it back out again for another week, but added sponges, cotton balls, and string. These simple objects furthered our discoveries and conversations about a variety of topics. The kiddos found out that the sponges and cotton balls would suck up all the color and liquid! But, when you squeezed the sponges you could get all the water back out again! This task was easier with the sponges than it was with the cotton balls....

October 5, 2017

FALL IS HERE! Our exploration of the Autumn season has officially started!

*Fall Floor Book*

We welcomed the Autumn Equinox by brainstorming about what we know about Fall/Autumn. We talked about the colors of fall and what holidays we celebrate. We also practiced our balancing skills in honor of the equinox - a time when both the sun and moon share an equal time in the sky. 

*Leaf Hunt/Outdoor Park Play*

After our Shadow Hunt last week, our friends wanted to go on another hunt this week! We went on a Leaf Hunt to celebrate Fall! We collected a variet...

October 5, 2017

A new season brings new changes and new experiences!  

*Shadow Hunt*

We went hunting for shadows on our nature walk! We read Lines That Wiggle before our walk which helped spark our hunt! Our friends enjoyed looking for different kinds of lines to trace.  

*Outdoor Creative Play*

Thanks to the beautiful weather we have had a never-ending opportunity to explore invitations outdoors! Introducing liquid watercolors to our friends encouraged them to invent new colors. We delved further into shapes by studying circles. We painted cylinder tubes and used p...

July 24, 2017

After a week break, we are back in the swing of our summer camps! This week we have a tenacious group of ALL GIRLS! We are very excited to have a jam packed week full of art and learning about how we can love ourselves and each other!

GIRL POWER!!!

Day 1:

*Mindful Morning*

We began our week by discussing what being "mindful" means. Our campers brainstormed the following: "relaxing, being quiet, concentrating, closing our eyes, and poses!"

Following our idea session, we practiced some yoga poses to stretch out our bodies. We also learned some breathin...

June 30, 2017

What a fun last day of camp! Today's focus was on architecture and engineering!

 Day 4:

*Together Time*

This morning we began camp by discussing the topic of construction.

We asked ourselves a series of questions:

"What tools are used in construction?" 

"What kind of buildings or structures do we know?

"Who participates in construction?"

"Which materials are used in construction?"

*Our Structures*

Miss Tory passed around wooden square blocks to use as a foundation for our buildings.

We painted and glued our wooden pieces on our blocks. 

Our campers enjoyed u...

June 28, 2017

Another great day at the studio! Painting, beading, tying, observing,and learning all day!

Day 3:

*Together Time*

We began our day our usual way with coming together as a group. We reviewed the day before and added comments and ideas to our book.

Sketching plants that we noticed earlier while on our nature walk!

Families will able to see our book during our mini art showcase! 

*Prism Catchers*

Today we explored light and rainbows. We learned about prisms from our friend who taught us during our Together Time! (You can see the video on our Facebook page...

June 28, 2017

Today was stellar!
 

We couldn't wait to have more fun with our campers!

 Day 1: 

*Together Time*

This summer we attended the University of Tennessee's Early Learning Institute Conference. The conference centered around the ideology of taking children outdoors to experience nature. It was especially centered on the research of Claire Warden and her Floorbook Approach. A class's Floorbook, or in our case a camp's Floorbook, is a tool for documentation in which both the teacher and the students actively participate in its creation....

June 26, 2017

It's Monday which means the start of a new camp! We were so excited for our friends to arrive at our studio! This week we will explore a variety of sciences and scientists!

 Day 1: 

*Together Time*

We spent our beginning moments coming together. After introducing ourselves we discussed different kinds of scientists and what they study. 

Our friends could either draw or write their responses - or have one of us write it for them. We collected our ideas from our brainstorming session in our Floor Book. Throughout the week, we will be adding to our...

June 16, 2017

Our last day together has arrived! Today was filled with finishing our projects and completing our week of pebble meditation. 

 Day 5:

*Sun Print Tapestry Embroidery*

The campers excelled at using real needles to create their own embroidery designs.

*Pebble Pouch Necklaces*

We added necklace strings to our painted pebble meditation pouches so that we can carry them with us wherever we go!

*Habitat Construction Completion*

Finishing our habitats required us to be focused!

Some chose a night sky as their habitat. 

Our recycled puzzle boxes were the perfect...

June 13, 2017

Another wonderful day at camp! Today we spent a majority of our time in the sun - walking, playing, sketching, and printing!

Day 2: 

*Mindful Morning*

This morning we closed our eyes and shut ourselves off from the outside world - learning to be truly present in the moment. 

We had a room full of trees - some solid in their roots and some blowing softly in the wind. 

*Sun Printing Tapestries*

Our first step was to paint our fabric with special light sensitive paint in our makeshift bathroom turned *dark room*.

We quickly placed our nature material...

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