Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Life Play Summer Camps for Kids!

Summer is just around the corner! Many parents, just like me, are trying to figure out how to keep their kids busy during their time away from school. We're lucky we live in beautiful San Diego which has many things to do to keep our kids busy!

It's my pleasure to share with you Life Play, arts-centered camps, in 5 different locations in San Diego, featuring a powerful, innovative social & emotional curriculum, designed to expand creativity, empathy, communication, and personal accountability in children. Being a high school counselor, I know the importance of personal, emotional, and social well-being as a basis for academic success. Life Play gives children an avenue to explore their personal traits while making friends and having fun!

Life Play is staffed with a team of highly skilled, passionate teaching specialists who believe that people of all ages achieve personal success through deeper self-awareness, maintaining an open and curious mind, and by developing an ever-increasing emotional intelligence. Find LifePlay Productions on Facebook to learn more about social and emotional intelligence.

Check out the wide variety of camps to choose from on their website:
  • LifePlay Camp: A journey through the visual and performing arts, with a focus on self development. 
  • Camp Wonderland: Create your own wonderland in this theatrical production camp, and see your imagination come to life!
  • NaturePlay Camp: Use improvisation to develop children’s creativity, self-confidence, and communication skills. 
  • TheaterLive: In this fun and innovative camp, campers will delve into the various aspects of theatre and live theatrical performance.
  • CircusPlay: Each day, campers will have a chance to develop a new circus skill and learn fun choreography - hooping, juggling, clowning, acro-balancing, miming, and more!
  • ImprovLive: Students of improv not only learn how to be funny and powerful performers, but improv skills also transfer into the real world!
  • ArtPlay: Explore your creativity through expressive arts. Draw, sculpt, paint and craft pieces that will help you learn more about who you are. Create a mini portfolio of true self treasures.
  • Fun Fridays: Each Fun Friday we’ll develop the skills needed to be an excellent team player, including conflict resolution language and practice, empathy, tolerance, leadership, and open communication.

Make sure you plan ahead! Reserve your space in one of these amazing summer day camps early! For more information check out Facebook, Twitter, or call 858-255-0820!

Disclosure: I'm helping Life Camp spread the word about their summer camps and am receiving complimentary summer camp enrollment for my kids. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own

Friday, May 16, 2014

Congrats to our Counseling Interns! #SCCHAT

I wanted to share with you pictures from San Diego State University's School Counseling Graduate Student Showcase! Being an SDSU Alum, I look forward to any reason to step foot on campus!

There were about a dozen graduating school counseling students, our interns included, who presented their projects during their internships this year.

All the other students created and executed only ONE guidance lesson for the entire school year, our interns created SIX LESSONS for our 6-week 9th grade guidance lesson series for Freshman Success! Our interns obviously stood above all the other students!

I'm so proud of their work for our school!

Congrats Ms. Henderson and Ms. Delgado in earning your Masters of Science degree in Educational Counseling!

Interns Ms. Henderson and Ms. Delgado

Mrs. Chavez-Casas and I with the interns

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kids Academy Company's Learning Apps for Preschoolers

Kids Academy Company's Learning Apps for Preschoolers has lots of great features for your children who are getting ready for kindergarten!

Available for iTunes or Kindle, the app has lots of cute and colorful interactive videos for your child to learn the alphabet. The animated alphabet and pictures keep your child entertained while learning at the same time.

One of the great features of this app is practice with handwriting. There are games for your child to practice tracing letters and numbers.

When your child successfully completes some of the games they receive a medal or an award on the screen with a motivational message to keep on going! My son liked this a lot!

When you using the games for practice writing the alphabet I would suggest your child use a stylus to mimic the use of a pen or pencil.

Overall this is a great app to learn the basics for preparation for kindergarten!

Make sure you visit my other reviews of learning apps for kids!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Day

It's Teacher Appreciation Week and it's not too late to show your thanks to your kids' teachers!

As a former teacher, this time of the year means so much! Little gestures of gratitude go a long way! Throughout the years, I've kept all my cards, notes, letters, and pictures from my former students. About this time of each year, I go back and look through the years of wonderful words and images! It always brings a tear to my eye!

I was inspired by Pinterest once again in my teacher appreciation projects. As one of the room moms, I was tasked in organizing the "thank you" efforts for my son's kindergarten class.

First, with the help of my Cricut, I made this cute poster with the concept and idea from Pinterest.

My son's teacher mentioned at open house that she'd really appreciate Target gift cards so I decided to create a gift card bouquet. I emailed the other parents and asked them to add a gift card to the bouquet. I found this beautiful silk flower arrangement on sale at Michaels, I inserted some floral wire and twisted it at the top so it could hold several gift cards. 

Lastly, all classes were encouraged to have signs for Monday morning assembly to show their appreciation of their teachers. I created "High Five for Ms. Stein" little signs for the kids to hold during the assembly. They came out so cute!

I had a great time putting these crafts together to show my "thanks" to my son's teacher! She's awesome!
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