40+Virtual Summer Camps 2020

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Your child doesn’t have to miss out on camps this summer, they just are going to look different than they usually do. I found some great websites with virtual camps that I think you will be able to find something to interest your daughter/ son. The first list is from Good Housekeeping:

  • Camp PBS Kids: PBS Kids offers different, parent-led learning activities with themes like dinosaurs, space, and books, among others. Often, the activities are connected to a different PBS program and are designed for kids ages 2–8.
  • Camp Wonderopolis: This online summer-learning destination lets you choose what kinds of activities you want to focus on, from music-making to city-building to fitness; camp is free, but you can purchase Camp Kits to enhance the experience.
  • Kids Need More Virtual Camp: Dip and and out of different Zoom activities as you need them; sessions include princess visits, LEGO building, baby meet-ups, and performances.
  • Little Tikes Camp Play@Home: Starting June 15, Little Tikes will offer ideas for affordable, easy-to-do camp activities for young kids over social media and email, which parents can do at home at their own pace.
  • Miss Megan’s Camp Kindergarten: Megan Jessen, a former kindergarten teacher, does lessons, music, and storytime on her Facebook group, which has close to 100,000 members.
  • MOCA Art Camps: The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami offers free instruction in mixed media, painting, drawing, and textile art for kids between the ages of 6 and 13.
  • Too Cool for School: This Facebook group offers parent-to-parent live classes, along with ideas for crafts, arts, physical activities, and games.
  • Varsity Tutors Virtual Summer Camps: Varsity Tutors is running lots of weeklong camp sessions for no cost, with classes that run the K–12 gamut. You can hunt and find one that matches your kids’ particular interests, from recycled art for kindergartners and LEGO moviemaking for elementary students to Minecraft storytelling for middle schoolers and podcasting for high school students.

Virtual Camps for Art, Music, STEM, and More

Campers can focus in on one area of interest at these specialized online camps.

  • Act One Theatre Camp: Kids ages 6–15 can spend the summer singing, dancing, and acting in one of three different themed theater sessions.
  • Bake-a-Camp: Each week, campers will get a baking box featuring four themed kits from Baketivity kits for kids ages 6–11; the recipes will get more advanced and explore different topics, themes, or cuisines.
  • Broadway Plus: Broadway stars offer lessons and virtual masterclasses for older students. Dates and pricing are to be determined.
  • Camp:ASPIRE: UBTECH Robotics, maker of the JIMU line of robot building kits, offers at-home summer programs for kids 8+ in robotics and engineering using hands-on STEM learning activities and design challenges. Courses go from June 15 to August 24.
  • Camp DIY: Given through the DIY app, this camp has 80+ DIY project ideas for your little maker to choose from. Activities come in seven themed “packs” and also branch out onto science, engineering, and cooking.
  • Camp Hullabaloo: For kids ages 2–8, the Hullaballoo Book Company is hosting a 12-week, go-at-your-own pace summer camp; if you sign up, you’ll get 12 new books with accompanying of kid-friendly craft ideas and activities to go with them.
  • Camp KiwiCo: Starting June 22, KiwiCo will offer five-day sessions filled with videos, DIY activities, downloadable printables, creativity challenges, all themed around a different crate they offer. Campers are split into four different age groups covering kids between the ages of 2 and 9.
  • Camp Whatever-It-Takes: This camp offers teens and tweens experiences in entrepreneurship and empowerment.
  • The Center for Contemporary Art Virtual Summer Art Camps: Choose from full-day or half-day art classes for kids ages 5–15. There’s also a special needs program available.
  • Connected Camps Minecraft Classes: If your house is all Minecraft, all the time, Connected Camps offers dozens of Minecraft-related classes for 8- to 13-year-olds that cover everything from Minecraft art to coding.
  • PAFA Summer Art Camp: For serious artists ages 6–15, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will host a virtual camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekday. A box of supplies for that week’s activities will come in the mail each week.
  • Raddish Kids: The monthly cooking subscription kit company will be offering a summer cooking camp through Outschool. It’s geared for kids ages 8–12; follow Raddish on Outschool for dates and pricing information.
  • Smart Buddies Camp-in-a-Box: Smart Buddies fans ages 7–11 can get extra enrichment with a camp that includes small meetups (socialization!) along with activities and assignments to sharpen those coding skills.
  • Super Soccer Stars @ Home: Livestream virtual soccer lessons in small-group settings, where kids can get one-on-one attention with activities designed for small spaces.

Virtual Camps That Offer a Little of Everything

If your kids like to dabble with lots of different interests and activities, these can help. Some offer a well-rounded, traditional camp experience, while others host a lot of different classes in a variety of different areas.

  • Activity Hero Camps: Kids ages 6–16 can find an e-learning camp that interests them, from forensic science to cartoon-drawing. You can even find classes that brush up on skills like public speaking or entrepreneurship.
  • Blue Sky Kids Virtual Camp: Daily, hourlong private or semi-private sessions move at the pace of your child, exploring interests like coding, cooking, comedy/improv, art, chess, magic, or songwriting.
  • Brain Chase: Kids take on different learning “challenges” and figure out puzzles and clues to find a buried treasure (and possibly win an IRL $1,000 prize).
  • Camp Cloud Virtual Camp: Kids ages 8–17 are placed into different teams, which meet every day, and activities that kids can complete on their own are also emailed out every day. Campers can focus on different topics, like pet care, STEM, or performing arts.
  • Happy Camper Live: You can find sports, art, music, cooking, and performing activities, along with quintessential camp experiences like campfire songs at this site, co-created by a camp expert: Steve Slavin, creator of the show Salute Your Shorts; many of the activities are available for free.
  • Camp Supernow: New sessions for kids age 5–11 start every Monday, and each week has a new theme, including fables and fairytales, Renaissance Fair, and Explorer’s Club. Campers are sorted into virtual cabins of 6 to 8 students and meet daily for counselor-guided activities, and then there are optional camp-wide activities kids can also join.
  • Camp EDMOThis camp offers either half-day or full-day programs focused on social-emotional learning for kids in pre-k through eighth grade. The day mixes counselor-led programming with activities that offer screen time breaks.
  • Outschool: If you need to fit camp into a tricky schedule, you can sort through tons of virtual camps via Outschool based on age, meeting time/duration, or level of interest. Classes include everything from Wings of Fire dragon drawing and writing to Harry Potter-themed creative writing.
  • Teachers Who Tutor Virtual Summer Camp 2020: If you want to give your kids an academic brush-up to help develop skills they may have not honed during remote learning during the school year, or if you’re looking to fight the dreaded “summer slide,” Teachers Who Tutor has grade-specific fundamentals for grades K–5 as well as electives for grades K–12.

Here is a list from realsimple.com

Online arts camps

Fine arts camps and classes abound on the internet, giving your kids the opportunity to develop their creativity while they’re stuck at home.

The famed Interlochen Center for the Arts is bringing its annual program online this year for kids from second grade through 12th grade, with classes in visual arts, music, creative writing, film, and dance. The camps run for several weeks, and individualized coaching is included as part of the package.

If you’re up for mixing and matching your own camp experience (or your child is old enough for a self-guided virtual summer camp), Maker Camp has tons of free how-to videos to help kids get their craft on, with guides to everything from creating origami fireflies and light-up fairy wings to making DIY ice cream.

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami has free arts camps available for kids age six to 13—and if you’re in Miami, you can even pick up complimentary art supplies so you can hit the ground running.

Art Camp 504 offers a variety of arts classes for kids ages five to 13 in everything from DIY board game creation to virtual theater and printmaking. Class size is capped at six students, and fees are sliding scale to accommodate families who have lost income. If your kid has a group of friends (four or more) who are interested in taking class together, you can sign up for a private class for the crew.

Get everything you need for 10 great art projects delivered to your door by Art Classes for Kids as part of their virtual summer camp, which starts at $175 per week. Kids can join the group for live Zoom classes each day, and the camp closes out with a virtual art show at the end of the week.

Virtual sports summer camps

Sports camps, summer soccer, and baseball may not be in session this year, but that doesn’t mean that your child’s sports skills have to suffer. Sign them up for a virtual sports camp to help keep them active.

The National Academy of Athletics has several camp options focused on different sports, including basketball, volleyball, martial arts, and baseball. Multi-talented kids can pick their virtual All Sorts of Sports Camp to allow them to crosstrain in several sports during the same week. Camps are $48 for five sessions, with skills and drills training to enhance kids’ performance.

Virtual STEM camps

Whether your kid’s a robotics fan or a Minecraft master, there are plenty of summer camps geared toward budding scientists and tech fans.

Camp Wonderopolis offers many different—and fun—avenues to learn about STEAM concepts, from exploring the science behind music to discovering why bowling shoes are slippery.

Connected Camps is for all the young tech fans out there, with classes in Minecraft and Roblox design and coding and an e-sports leagues for Fortnite and Overwatch fans.

For your future computer pro, iDTech’s virtual classes can help them build an app, master computer animation, or even learn 3D printing.

General interest camps

If your child wants to take part in a lot of different camp activities, look for virtual summer camps that offer a range of activities, so they can pick and choose. Odds are, one of these virtual camps will have activities your child will love.

The Boy Scouts are offering several virtual summer camp options, including an adventure box, which comes with cool activities including crafts, magic tricks, and science experiments, for $55.

Varsity Tutors has a virtual summer camp offering free classes in everything from slime-making to dinosaurs to make-your-own Lego movies. Kids aged five through 18 can create their own schedule, with hour-long classes five days a week for each session.

Ivy Virtual Camps offer small class sizes (they’re capped at six participants per class) and a wide range of fun activities, with everything from learning to draw comics to mastering Minecraft to virtual book clubs. Kids can take three different classes per day for a full day’s worth of activities, or simply pick one class to take. Classes start at $195 per week.

Little Passports is offering a pair of unique summer camps in a box, starting at $125 each—one STEM camp packed with experiments and everything kids need to explore science, and another globally inspired camp to help kids explore countries around the world. The boxes have enough activities to keep kids occupied for up to 24 hours each, with additional online programming to extend camp time a little longer.

Virtual performing arts summer camps

If your little actor or dancer seems destined for the stage, several companies are offering virtual versions of their summer theater or dance camps.

If your dancer’s summer intensive was canceled, take it online with CLI Studios’s $99 2020 Dance Experience intensive, featuring classes in a wide range of styles from top professionals in the industry.

Gas Lamp Players is making their annual summer camp virtual, featuring classes from professional actors, dancers, and directors (including current Broadway pros) on mastering the monologue, singing, and dancing for teens and younger students.

Camp Broadway’s two-week MyMainstage camp offers 30 hours of interactive classes in dance, acting, and singing with industry professionals for kids aged 10 and up.

The Children’s Theatre Company is launching its Virtual Academy, with dance, acting, and singing classes for kids from K-12, starting at $50 per class.

2020 Assessment Update

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I wanted to give you the latest update on the assessment situation for the 2019-2020 school year. You are welcome to do an assessment regardless and I will be happy and willing to do so for you.

Christian Home Educators of Ohio

May 14 at 2:09 PM

FROM CHEO LEGISLATIVE LIAISON, MELANIE ELSEY:

CHEO has been promising an update on the question of assessment waivers by mid-May. This is what we know at this point in time.

The Ohio Department of Education has posted that standardized assessments and 3rd option assessments (superintendent/parent agreed upon assessments) are waived from required inclusion in next year’s re-notification. The ODE has also postponed the deadline for submitting a portfolio review/written narrative assessment until December so it wouldn’t need to be included with the re-notification at the beginning of the school year.

However, the complete waiver of all assessments is still in process. This week, the State Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to direct the State Superintendent to secure a legislative fix for the incomplete waiver recently passed in HB197. CHEO has been communicating with key legislators and staff for the past seven weeks to secure the complete waiver and we believe it will be granted.

We greatly appreciate your patience and will let you know as soon as this process is finalized. Also, we are truly thankful for your continued support of CHEO and your prayers!

 

 

The Summer Slump

Screen Shot 2020-05-18 at 6.28.31 AMWhen I meet with parents for homeschool assessments I recommend their child read some each day throughout the summer and if they are younger, math facts are reviewed too. As much as I hated math packets myself as a youngster, I can look back and see the value for having to review.

Did you know that there really is such a thing as “the summer slump”? According the an article I read in Psychology Today it states, “A systematic review of 39 studies published in 1996 found summer loss equaled about one month of classroom learning, and students tended to regress more in math skills compared to reading skills.” You can read the full article here: Psychology Today

Wow! And you thought that your son was just pulling your leg  about not remembering or your daughter just didn’t want to start school again in August. The article goes on to say that if we “encourage kids to stay engaged in learning throughout the summer, students may not only maintain, but improve their knowledge. ”

You can make learning more enjoyable than just drill, drill, drilling those math facts. Math card games are fun and an easy one to play is War. You can do this for addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts. Take out the face cards and divide the cards evenly among the players. Each person turns over one card and the person with the highest number must (in this case) add the numbers together. If they answer correctly, then they get to keep your card and theirs and the game continues. There is war if two players turn over the same number (a two, for instance). Each player must lay down three more cards and turn the fourth card face-up. The person with the higher number then has to correctly add those cards together. If they do, they get all of the cards played in that round. One thing I tell my kids is that I may give the incorrect answer from time to time and if they catch me and can answer correctly, they get the cards I normally would have if I had answered correctly. The same thing goes for them. I usually give a lot of wrong answers because it keeps the child engaged, but I would only do this for a child who is reviewing and not one who is just learning their facts. The player who loses all their cards has lost the war.

You can also play Concentration. Write a math problem on one index card and the answer on another index card. For instance: 3 x 4 on one card and 12 on another card. Do this with as many problems as you like. Lay the cards upside down in rows in random order. Each person takes a turn by turning the card right side up. If they are able to match the problem with the answer, they get to go again until they do not find a match. If there is no match, then they must turn the cards face down and the next player gets their turn. The person with the most pairs is the winner. I would also have your daughter or son say the problem when they turn it over out loud and the answer (for instance, 2×6 equals 12) before turning over the second card to find the answer.

You can do a reward program (a treat or a movie night, etc.) for reading so many books or so many minutes per day. Be sure to ask your child about the book they are reading to see if they are comprehending what they have read.

Do you have any fun things you do for review with your children? Please share!

Have a great week! ~Lisa~ 

Great Resources for Homeschooling

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So, you are thinking about homeschooling next year. That’s awesome! You may be wondering, “Where do I start?”

I found it helpful to find a few trusted sources for information. Start out with just a couple of things to investigate. It can be overwhelming if you try to tackle it all at once. After you have answers for those couple of questions, then pick a couple of more to research. Pretty soon you will be a pro and ready to go! Here are a few great resources to help you get started.

Are you looking for curriculum? Cathy Duffy Reviews is a good resource with a summary of each of her top picks. She also has a book called How to Choose Homeschool Curriculum that would be worth the investment since it covers setting goals, types of learners, and  philosophies of education.

Two great companies from which to buy homeschool books/ curriculum are:

Join a Facebook Group and/or a support group. There are both secular and Christian groups. Facebook groups are very helpful, but I liked talking and meeting up with people. People are more than happy to help you. If you have any questions that I can help you with, comment below.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

 

Assessments 2020 Update

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I wanted to give you an update from HSLDA and CHEO about the current situation with the assessment requirement for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Ohio house bill language states that students are only exempt from standardized test requirements.  Please read both articles as this is extremely important. Both organizations are working on this issue to see if homeschool students can be exempted from all forms of assessment this year.

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Please read Home School Legal Defense’s update.

COVID-19: Urgent ODE Changing Guides on Assessments 

and CHEO’s update:

CHEO HB 197 Legislative Update

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If you would rather not wait to see if the requirement will be changed and would like to schedule an appointment (beginning in May). I will be happy to do a portfolio review for your family. Please email me at schoolmarmohio@me.com.

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Instruction Sheet: 2020 Portfolio Review Document
Fees: 

  • 1 student $40.00
  • 2 students $75.00
  • 3 students $102.00
  • 4 students $132.00
  • 5+ students $155.00

Due to the concerns of the coronavirus, all of this year’s appointments will either be by online conference (Zoom) or by phone. Academic work samples will either be sent to me electronically, mailed, or dropped off (and picked up) at my house.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~