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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, 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 …

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 …

summer camp

The kids are all right – Town Planners,Trend setters and Visionaries

Fact one: Vienna has a new town planning director, and she is going to focus on the town’s walkability (yay!!!). Fact two: The Vienna Patch site published an article yesterday, that includes a survey of people in Vienna. Question asked?… What is Vienna missing? Ahem, we got there first Do you remember when we did …

design, summer camp

What Your Kids did at Art camp – Running wild with town planning

One of the very best things about running my own summer camp is the many freedoms it involves. I write my own curriculum, and I plan things in great detail, but I don’t always stick with my plans. I firmly believe that a child’s learning experiences and environment at camp should be distinct from school. …