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This week, encourage campers to express themselves creatively through storytelling, music, art, drama and pretend play. These activities help foster oral language development—a key component of overall literacy development. Whenever children are telling stories, singing songs or acting out a favorite story, they are developing skills such as sequencing events and recognizing rhymes; these skills are linked to future success with reading and writing. So talk and listen, explain things and ask questions, sing songs and make up simple chants. Turn car trips and walks to the park into opportunities to predict the weather based on the clouds, plan a birthday party or create your own silly limericks. And as you help your camper make predictions, outline plans and recognize the sounds and rhythms of language, be assured that you are reinforcing skills that will help them become good readers and writers in the years to come.
Argh! Provide your camper with this fun pirate printable that teaches adjectives! Encourage your camper to tell a salty story about his pirate! Thinking up and telling stories helps children develop their oral language and creative writing skills.
Take a photo of your camper's pirate to enter our contest!
Super storytelling this week!
This weekend, take your family to a live performance. Even better, make your own! Encourage campers to tell their photo mystery stories or act out their comic book story. Use some of the crafts and instruments created during Art & Music Week to perform a family show or concert. Be sure to take photos and submit them for our weekly contest!Certificate >
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If you think that learning should always be in season, you’re right! Studies have shown that when students return to school after a long summer vacation, they've lost about one month’s worth of learning.†
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