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education, summer camp

Summer Camp 2019- The Final Week! Sob.

I’m typing this while sitting on my sofa with a cup of tea, wearing pyjamas and nursing some very sore muscles. At the beginning of every Summer I get overly excited about teaching at camp. By the end of camp I’m crawling around like a broken lizard and falling asleep at eight in the evening. …

art camp, education, kids, summer camp

Summer Is Here! A Look At The 2019 Camp Themes

The Noctiluna summer camps are filling up rapidly, and I have started my closing dance of nervous excitement that happens like clockwork each May/June. When most other teachers are starting to exhale towards their summer break, I start frantically ordering materials, collecting found objects, meeting with my colleagues and checking my planner constantly. The planner …

art and design, education

Making Patterns – Week 3 of Noctiluna Camp

I think this may have been the most noisy week of camp so far, my ears are still ringing! However, it would also be one of the most astonishing weeks in terms of the work produced. I would like to explain the theme of last week’s camp to you, but I don’t know where to …

art and design, art camp, education

Printmaking Week at Camp

The second week of summer art camp this year was all about printmaking – my favorite medium. Printmaking with a class of elementary aged children is not for the faint hearted. It is messy, oh so messy, and it is unpredictable and requires a lot of organization and some degree of flexibility. It is for …

art and design, education, summer camp

Summer Camp Week 1 – The Inside Scoop

And so, week one of this year’s summer camp is over. My best intentions of writing this post over the weekend were thwarted when a previously canceled show was rescheduled for Saturday. Sunday was mostly spent being exhausted and silent. Still, better late than never! Here’s the scoop from last week – The theme was …

art camp, education

What I Pack For Summer Camp

We are almost there! As schools are winding down, and most teachers gasp a sigh of relief and think about melting into their sofas, I start the job of packing, panicking, and prepping for the first week of camp. It’s no easy feat for someone as easily confuddled as I am, there is a LOT …

art and design, education

Can Teach, Will Teach

Ever heard of that saying  ‘He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.’ ? Thanks a lot, George Bernard Shaw. Decades later, teachers everywhere are dealing with the offshoots from that seed of discrimination you helped to plant. What would your english literature teacher have had to say about that, hmmm? Let’s change that little …

education, productivity

How the Rain Motivated Me To Start Writing Curriculum

I have been holed up in my local library writing curriculum all week. It is perfect weather for this: the rain has been unrelenting for days, and there is hardly any sunlight filtering through the windows, and I have turned into a solid, unmoving rock. A childhood spent in England has definitely not made me …

art, education, summer camp

Kids, Stories, And The End Of Camp

The theme of the last two weeks of camp was Myths and Legends, it was a popular choice. The moment I introduced the theme to the kids there was a LOT of squealing and jumping up and down, which then turned into a discussion about Greek myths, which then turned into a heated discussion about Percy Jackson….and …

education, Play, summer camp

The Kids Need To Play More!

Okay, I’m back! It took a bit of recovering after the last two (very physical) weeks of summer camp, and a lot of chocolate and BBC consumption, and now I’m ready to share. In the beginning… I don’t know about you, but growing up in England in the 80’s I had a lot of free time. …

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