AECC Summer Camp


Each day of Summer Camp the Sensory Table is filled with water (sometimes clear, sometimes colored) for measuring, pouring, and weighing. A separate “Washing Station” is set up with toothbrushes and soapy water where campers will scrub dinosaurs, zoo animals, rocks, sea creatures, legos and other items.) Gross Motor activities include tricycles for pedaling; swings for pumping; play structure for climbing + slides; balls for throwing, catching and kicking; sit and bounce balls. The pea gravel and sandbox are also available for digging, sifting, with shovels, buckets and trucks. The Literacy Center includes a shelf with several books available in a quiet, comfortable space. During visits to Jesus in the Little Church, “Prayer Leaders” lead the campers in the Little School’s Daily Prayer and Angel of God Prayer.

Visit Ascension Early Childhood Center’s Facebook page for photos of the campers each day.

Enjoy reading the “Daily Diary” of specific activities during Summer Camp 2018.


Monday, June 11

The first day of camp was very busy as campers got to know each other, the counselors, and a new environment. Some of the children may have spent the 2017-18 school year in The Little School building's BLUE Room, either in a 3-4's morning class or afternoon Enrichment class. But for camp, the classroom is set up completely different to accommodate more children and different types of activities.

Large Group: The Friend Ship by Kat Yeh. The Hedgehog and other animals he came across in the story created a “friend-ship”.  We talked about making new friends and old friends and the importance of including everyone so no one is left out.

Individual Art: Campers dipped forks in brown paint to create quills and their hands in paint to create flower prints.

Fine Motor: Campers practiced with scissors to cut quills on paper plate hedgehogs. Playdoh, cookie cutters and rollers were also available.

Block Play: Large and small plastic blocks made great homes for hedgehogs - and dinosaurs!

Music and Movement: Campers danced to the Hokey Pokey.

Large Group: Campers gathered after lunch for Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev.  The elephant and skunk and their owners were not welcome at “Pet Club Day” at Number 17. So they started their own club where “ALL ARE WELCOME” and “No one is left behind.”


Tuesday, June 12

Campers spent the first hour outdoors on The Little School playground today. (It’s cooler earlier so they even had snack outside.

Large Group: Sky Color by Peter Reynolds. Marisol loves to paint. She decides to paint a sky for the mural but doesn’t have any blue. Her dream shows her the sky isn’t always blue but, at times it’s a mixture of colors.

Group Art: Campers worked together mixing colors to created a mural on an enormous piece of cardboard.

Individual Art: (1) Rolling wiffle golf balls covered in paint across the paper. (2) Dipping paper towel tubes in paint to create “circle art”.

Fine Motor: Crayons and scissors, play doh, cookie cutters and rollers were also available.

Block Play: An extra large box and lid were turned into homes and hideouts for the zoo animals (and the campers.) Campers constructed with large and small blocks.

Large Group: Campers gathered after lunch and stomped, twisted, shaked, and roared with the dinosaurs to Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton.  


Wednesday, June 13

Today was Water Day!

Large Group: After campers felt sorry for Pete when the 5 little ducks disappeared (only to return with s special gift for him) in Pete the Cat Five Little Ducks by James Dean, Little School water day instructions were reviewed.

Gross Motor: In addition to the swings and climbing structure, campers experienced 3 wading pools, a sprinkler on the playground and grassy area in front of Parish Hall. They finger painted with shaving cream and “washed” the paint easel and rubber mats with soap, water and rags. They filled cups and poured into other pitchers and cups.

Group Art: Campers threw tennis balls covered in paint to the mural from Tuesday.

Individual Art: Campers painted with (clean) plungers and their feet.

Music and Movement: Walter the Waltzing Worm

Large Group: Do you know what a blobfish is? They live in the deepest part of the ocean where humans have a hard time exploring because the water is too heavy. The ocean pressure is so strong that being down there would feel like you were holding 50 jumbo jets with your bare hands! So people need submersibles. The Blob Fish and other the other “cast of characters” were described in Jessica Olien’s Deep Sea Book.


Thursday, June 14

Large Group: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. A brave little mouse outwits a fox, an owl, a snake, and a gruffalo? What is a gruffalo? Ask your child.

Individual Art: (1) Blob Art (2) Tape resist painted canvas with Biocolor (3) Crumpled paper art with watercolors (4) Painted with large Lego type blocks

Fine Motor: Play Doh, cookie cutters and rollers. Crayons and markers and gruffalo pictures on easel.

Block Play: Campers constructed with large and small blocks. Large boxes were also available.

Gross Motor: The Little School playground followed by BIG school playground. The large parachute was enjoyed by all! Photos are on Facebook.

Large Group: Campers gathered after lunch for The Sky is Falling by Mark Teague. (I substituted a different word for the word “dumb” that the author used.)


Friday, June 15

Miss Trea from Sachs Library visited camp today. She shared 2 Mo Willems’ books (Elephant and Piggie’s There’s a Bird on Your Head and The Pigeon Needs a Bath.) Campers joined in some music and movement songs, and participated in a special craft that involved A LOT of cutting and coloring. Thank you to the counselors who helped campers hold the scissors properly… The rest of the day we spent outside where it was nice and warm. We love our shaded Little School playground! Before heading home for the weekend campers gathered on the blue rug for The Night Before Father’s Day by Natasha Wing. HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all Little School Dads and Grandfathers!


Monday, June 18

Large Group: I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Devorah Petty. Frog tries to tell his dad that he wants to be a cat or a rabbit or an owl or anything but a slimy, wet frog that eats bugs. But then a hungry wolf arrives. The wolf tells the frog he loves to eat owls, rabbits and cats but he will NEVER eat frogs because they are wet, slimy and they eat bugs. So, frog decides that being himself isn’t so bad after all.

Individual Art: (1) Painting with Q-tips (2) Painting with clothespins holding pom poms (3) Painting a flag (handprint) (3) Constructed their houses using construction paper shapes and glue

Group Art: Campers helped prepare “Rainbow Foam Soap” by measuring, pouring, and mixing (with a hand mixer) water, Palmolive dish soap, and food coloring. We made 4 batches (4 different colors.) Then they painted with the soap using paint brushes (and their hands.)

Block Play: Campers constructed with large and small blocks. Large boxes were also available.

Gross Motor: The Little School playground.

Music and Movement: Hokey Pokey. Moving like animals (hop like a frog, waddle like a duck/penguin, crawl like a snake, walk like a crab, swing your trunk like an elephant, and so on.)

Large Group: Campers gathered after lunch for Toad on the Road by Stephen Shaskan. Campers heard how it is not safe to play or stand in the street! We talked about traffic safety - look both ways before you cross. Never chase a ball into the street. And much more.


Tuesday, June 19

Large Group: The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson. Sequel to last weeks story.

Individual Art: LOTS of painting today! (1) Painted rocks (that we found last week on our nature walk and scrubbed with soap and water using toothbrushes) (2) Paint with a twist Paper Plates (3) Patriotic Wind Catcher (4) Record Player Art (5) Coffee Filter Turtles

Fine Motor: Play Doh, cookie cutters and rollers.

Block Play: Campers constructed with large and small blocks. Large boxes were also available.

Gross Motor: The Little School playground followed by BIG school playground.

Large Group: Campers gathered after lunch for Life on Mars by Jon Agee Ask your child what the boy in the story saw (and didn’t see.)


Wednesday, June 19

Large Group: Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. The seahorse (Peanut Butter) and Jellyfish were best friends. Crabby made fun of them, calling them names everytime they swam by. One day, crabby was caught in a lobster trap and called for help. Ask your child what happened next...

Individual Art: (1) Campers drove cars and trucks through paint and created tracks on construction paper. (2) Fireworks - painted with glue, sprinkled salt and watercolors using eye droppers (3) Paper Plate Flowers - markers, crayons, scissors, craft sticks (4) Easel - sidewalk chalk (5) Face Painting

Block Play: Dinosaurs and blocks.

Gross Motor: The Little School playground. We took a walk to the Prayer Garden where we said The Little School Prayer and Angel of God Prayer since there was a prayer group in the Little Church today.

Large Group: Campers gathered after lunch for You’re a Crab! A Moody Day Book by Jenny Whitehead


Thursday, June 21

Today was Water Day!

Large Group: Not everyone likes to paint, or get dirty, or even play in water. Today campers heard about a pig who was very “particular” in the book Edward Gets Messy by Rita Meade. Then they learned what MESSY activities were in store for them today.

Gross Motor: Many campers enjoyed the usual swings, slides, and climbing structure. In addition, there were 3 wading pools and a sprinkler. They finger painted on the easel with shaving cream and filled cups and poured into other pitchers and cups. A second sensory table was filled with frozen ice sculptures. Campers had to figure out how to “excavate” the items from their frozen state.

Group Art: Splatter Painting = Campers stood on a step stool and threw tennis balls covered in paint on a large piece of cardboard creating a beautiful masterpiece.

Individual Art: Campers dipped plastic bottles in paint and stamped them on construction paper. They painted nature items (sticks, pinecones, rocks) with paint brushes. Some painted with these nature items to make designs on paper.  

Music and Movement: Musical Chairs

Large Group: Clifford has a bad “case of the sneezes” in The Three Little Pigs and the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell. But he insists on meeting his new neighbors, the 3 little pigs.


Friday, June 22

Large Group: Campers imagined all the things they could be as they listened to Dream You’ll Be by Joseph T Garcia.

Individual Art: The only “painting” today was face painting. Thank you, counselors! Stampers created art with bingo daubers, stampers, markers and crayons onto construction paper, coffee filters and fol.

Fine Motor: Play doh and creating crosses by stringing pony beads onto chenille stems/pipe cleaners.

Block Play: Large and small blocks, large boxes, and zoo animals.

Gross Motor: The Little School playground.

Large Group: Campers gathered one last time after lunch for a goodbye song.

Summer Camp is a wonderful opportunity for children to continue school routines, further develop current friendships and meet new friends. The children will participate in small and large group activities involving literacy, art and music to enhance cognitive and language skills. Social skills and physical development will be developed through science, gross and fine motor activities. Sports are introduced in a fun but structured environment allowing campers to develop motor skills; posture; balance; eye-hand coordination; sportsmanship; a sense of self; and positive self-esteem. As they explore the process of art, campers have the opportunity to learn about the many different styles and techniques of the world's greatest artists, as they discover their own creativity. Each day of camp the sensory table is available for water play (measuring, pouring) as well as the sandbox, pea gravel on the playground, swings, trikes, and climbing structure to enhance each camper's gross motor skills. Before heading indoors for lunch, the campers visit Jesus in the Little Church where they pray the "Angel of God Prayer" and "The Little School's Daily Offering." Each day will be filled with new activities!

Campers have the opportunity to attend by the day or by the week. Drop off is 9:00 am and pick up is 12:00 noon each day. Campers must bring a sack lunch and drink. There is a $10 supply fee per child this year.  "Beautiful junk" is always accepted. (example: laundry detergent lids for paint and paper towel cardboard tubes.)

LARGE GROUP -  How to behave appropriately in a group is a learned skill, which prepares young children for more formal education, for other group activities, and for many experiences in adult life. Everything from social skills to language to empathy can be gained with practice in circle time. When able to share and express feelings to a group without judgment, they gain confidence. This is a time for children to practice taking turns, listening, and speaking. Children are introduced to a wide variety of concepts, people, and ideas. They learn to be accepted. 

ART (Process) - Art during summer camp is PROCESS! This means the focus is on what we are “doing” not what we create. Process art is important because it allows children to explore and experiment with a wide range of media, creating textures and patterns using everyday materials. They can discover how things work without any preconceived ideas or expectations holding them back. Children can relax, focus, feel successful and create their own ideas versus trying to conform to an idea of what something “should” look like.  Process art can be messy or wild. But there is no right or wrong way. Motor skills are practiced by dragging an object, developing the correct grip, hand/eye co-ordination, and wrist and hand muscle strength. Some children may choose to discuss their art and add print to it (on their own or by dictating to a teacher.) Through process art experiences children compare, predict, plan, and problem solve.

FINE MOTOR - Fine motor movements involve the coordination of small muscles in the hands and fingers. Strong fine motor skills are essential to complete tasks such as writing, cutting, using a fork or spoon, threading beads, moving puzzle pieces, zipping, buttoning, and tying shoe laces. Without well-developed fine motor skills, a child may have difficulty learning to write or performing many of the other critical tasks presented in Kindergarten.

BLOCK PLAY - Building with blocks provides one of the most valuable learning experiences available for young children.  Block play stimulates learning in all domains of development, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional and language.  Current research shows that block play is fundamental for later cognitive success for learning math and numbers. Children learn to problem solve. They learn math skills, spatial sense, turn taking, sharing and cooperation. Children discover they have ideas and can bring their ideas to life. Children can follow their own plan or share a friend’s vision or work together to make something they never dreamed of. Blocks can be moved freely to be combined and recombined in countless ways.

PRETEND PLAY - Children learn about themselves and the world. They can explore an experience that is common and sometimes confusing or scary through role playing (going to the dentist or doctor.) Children develop important complex social and higher order thinking skills. They learn to negotiate, consider others’ perspectives, express and listen to thoughts and ideas, and assign tasks and roles. How we interact with others is key to our lifelong success and happiness. Children recognize and regulate emotions, negotiate and take turns, and engage in a long-term activity that is mutually beneficial are no easy tasks.

LITERACY - Reading sparks imagination and helps children learn about the world around them. Having a cozy, quiet area in the classroom for children to practice their reading, writing, and comprehension skills will help children express ideas, explore their interests and foster skills that will influence their overall success in school and in life.

TECHNOLOGY - iPADS are available in The Little School classrooms to teach children new subjects in a fun and interactive way. Children can find a variety of information about the world.

SENSORY - Sand, pea gravel and water play encourages sharing and working together to practice measuring, pouring, and weighing as children explore their senses

NATURE AND SCIENCE - This discovery or exploration center fosters a strong connection with, and understanding of, the environment.

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT-  Children are encouraged to be physically active and promotes self-expression

BIG BODY PLAY (GROSS MOTOR) - Supports children’s physical development. It also supports the development of children’s social awareness, emotional thinking, and language skills. Big Body Play comes naturally to children. What does this entail? Swinging, climbing, pedaling, hiking, running, throwing, catching, bouncing, and kicking.


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