Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2017 Summer Camp: From Lava to Life

Getting organized for the busy-happy two weeks from June 12 - 23.

First things first. I need to sort out all of my Second Great Lesson links, books, ideas, and resources and arrange them sequentially based on what evolved (or died out) when.

My plan to keep THE LIST from being too long and crazy is to do a blog post for each, adding more ideas as the camp gets closer, then making the ultimate decisions as to what we will do on which day when the camp begins.

We will end up touching on both the First and Third Great Lessons as well as part of this camp.

Overall Resources: Awesome for helping convey the big picture

The Five Great Lessons of the Montessori Curriculum are by far the most Waldorf-y of all the aspects of the Montessori approach. These wonderful impressionistic and vibrant lessons are done through oral storytelling, with children sitting in a circle, a candle lit in a darkened room, and large playstand canopy silks covering pictures, artifacts, and demonstrations which are slowly revealed as the stories progress:

Detailed Notes

Here is the "cheat sheet" with links to all my detailed blog posts:

I will say right off the bat that some of the names of these time periods are still changing (such as the Carboniferous being now divided into two sub-periods, Mississippian and Pennsylvanian, but I am using the titles which will match the set of resource books I'm sharing with the children.)

Reception Snacks

I love the idea of making reception foods that look like organisms on the Timeline of Life, and we can arrange them in order of evolution on the buffet table! Who knew there were directions for how to make a fondant trilobite?

This post contains affiliate links to the materials I actually use for homeschooling. I hope you find them helpful. Thank you for your support!

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