Lasting Impact at LDAWE Summer Camps

Here at LDAWE, we can’t believe that our Summer Enrichment Camps are now complete!  One of the most rewarding things this summer was to hear from the campers and their families regarding what a difference the camps were making in their lives.  Many of the campers made friends and even visited their new friends during non-camp time.  One mother mentioned that after attending just 1 week of camp, her son could now tell time using an analog clock.  A grandmother told us that for the first time ever, her grandson was excited to go to a camp every day (this was unusual since at other places he had refused to even get out of the car).  We hope the lessons learned and the friends made throughout this year’s summer camps have a lasting impact on the campers’ lives.

Week 5 in Essex: Eco-Explorers

During the week, the campers practiced their literacy, math, and adaptive technology skills using computers, iPads, a Smart Board, and by playing various games.  This week the campers spent a lot of time outdoors interacting with their environment.  During the week, the campers got to go on nature walks around the school.  During their walks they used their magnifying glasses to find snails, insects, flowers, rocks, and minerals.

Summer Camp Essex

This week the campers also:

  • Made animal sculptures out of their own homemade play dough.
  • Used their homemade play dough to answer math questions.
  • Researched their favourite animals and made posters about their animal.
  • Tested their engineering skills by using recycled products to create race cars.
  • Created scratch art and made handprints to tell all about themselves during arts and crafts time.
  • Played octopus during indoor recess.
  • The last day of the camp was capped off with an outdoor scavenger hunt!

Summer Camp Essex

The campers also watched the animated TV special, “The Lorax,” based on the book by Dr. Seuss.  The story focuses on the consequences that corporate greed can have on our environment.  As a result, the campers participated in a garbage cleanup around the school.

The Lorax at the Essex Summer Camp

 A very special thank you to Mrs. Christina, Mr. Nick, Miss. Sarah, Miss. Hannah, and Miss. Amy for making this year’s camps in Essex so successful for all of the campers!

 

Week 5 in Windsor: The Wacky World of Science

During the week, the campers practiced their literacy, math, and adaptive technology skills using computers, iPads, the Smart Board, and by playing various games.  The campers learned all about acids and bases from Mr. Daniel.  The campers had the opportunity to participate in a variety of science experiments, such as:

  • Exploding lunch bags by mixing baking soda and vinegar together
  • Sucking an egg into a bottle by changing the air pressure
  • Watching a volcano eruption by mixing Diet Pepsi and Mentos together
  • Turning our campers into human bubbles
  • Making slime and bouncy balls

One of the most impressive experiments was the volcano eruption.  Watch it below:

One of the campers’ favourite activities during the week was becoming human bubbles!

Summer Camp in Windsor

The last day was a fun day with all kinds of games and activities.  The campers played face the cookie, potato sack races, jumping for donuts, and group hula hoop races.

Windsor Summer Camp

A very special thank you to Mrs. Dana, Ms. Lori, Miss. Kayla, Mr. Daniel, Miss. Maegan, and Miss. Mackenzie for making this year’s camps in Windsor so successful for all of the campers!

All of the staff members of LDAWE would like to wish the campers a wonderful end to your summer vacations and best of luck in school in the fall! We hope to see you again next year!

It was a Safe Week at LDAWE Summer Camps!

Week 4 of our Summer Enrichment Camps were so busy, it took a couple extra days for all of the information to come into the office!  The Campers at both sites have been sharing their thoughts, feelings, and activities throughout the week on our Twitter feed and on our Facebook page.

Week 4 in Essex: The Superhero Academy

At the Essex site, the campers were busy keeping the world safe from evil villains!  During the week, the campers practiced their literacy, math, and adaptive technology skills using the computers, iPads, Smart Board, and by playing various games. They created their own superhero characters (including their own costumes), made comic book pages (see some samples here), created Superhero themed films (see an example below), and to keep up their superhero strength they played indoor baseball and danced up a storm.  The week ended with a superhero scavenger hunt.

Essex Summer Camp Week 4

For the final week of the Summer Enrichment Camp in Essex the theme is Eco-Explorers.

 

Week 4 in Windsor: Lights, Camera, Action!

During the week, the campers practiced their literacy, math, and adaptive technology skills using the computers, iPads, Smart Board and by playing various games.  They also got to practice their creative writing and acting skills (using body language and facial expressions) by making movie trailers using iMovie on the iPad.  The staff also had a surprise in store for the campers and built the suspense throughout the week.

Windsor Summer Camp Week 4

Here are the videos that the campers made during the week:

After building up the suspense all week, the staff at the Windsor summer camp finally revealed their surprise to the campers… They were having a surprise visit from Windsor Firefighters Engine 5 Crew!  The campers had the opportunity to learn about fire safety, learn how a fire truck works, and sit inside a fire truck.  At the end, the campers were in for one last surprise… the firefighters brought a special fire hydrant water sprinkler!  Good thing the staff had secretly asked parents to bring a change of clothes for our campers, since a fun time was had by all.  Special thanks to Public Education Officers Bridget Chippett, Captain Mark McArthur, Fire Fighter Mark Costello, Fire Fighter Mark Dupuis, and Fire Fighter Shay Currie.

Fire Safety

For the final week of the Summer Enrichment Camp in Windsor the theme is the Wacky World of Science.

For more information about our programs, check out our website at www.ldawe.ca.

Fun Filled Week at LDAWE Summer Camps

Wow, here at LDAWE, we can’t believe that the first 3 weeks of our Summer Enrichment Camps are already complete!  Don’t forget, the Campers at both sites have been sharing their thoughts, feelings, and activities throughout the week on our Twitter feed and on Facebook, so please follow these feeds to get the most up-to-date information about what’s happening during the week.

Week 3 in Essex: The Wacky World of Science

Summer Camp Essex

During the week, the campers practiced their literacy, math, and adaptive technology skills using computers, iPads, a Smart Board, and various games.  This week the campers were very busy conducting science experiments and learning about different types of science.  This included:

  • Learning about geology while making volcanoes out of paper-mache and watching them erupt (see the video below),
  • Making gooey slime when they were chemists,
  • Learning how to clean up oil spills when they were marine biologists,
  • Making circuits when they were electrical engineers, and
  • Learning about aerodynamics while making paper airplanes.

The most inspiring quote of the week comes from Alyssa:

  • “Never, never give up! My airplane won first place because it went the farthest!”

The theme for next week’s Summer Enrichment Camp in Essex is the Superhero Academy.  Don’t forget, next week’s Camp runs from Tuesday – Friday due to the Civic Holiday on Monday.

 

Week 3 in Windsor: The Amazing Race World Challenge

During the week, the campers practiced their literacy, math, and adaptive technology skills using computers, iPads, the Smart Board, and various games.  They became world travellers while visiting Mexico, Egypt, and China.  By the time they got back to Canada, they were exhausted and jet lagged!  Good thing they each made scrapbooks of their journey, so they can remember what they accomplished while on their travels.

Summer Camp Windsor

Throughout the week, the campers competed in the LDAWE version of the TV show, The Amazing Race. Working in pairs, the campers completed academic challenges in 7 minute intervals. When a pair hit a roadblock, they had to complete a physical challenge. The campers won awards for completing various challenges. Congratulations to Trina and Dorothea, who were the winners of the LDAWE Amazing Race World Challenge!

Summer Camp Windsor

Here’s some of the quotes from the campers:

  • “I like how we have to work with teammates and compete against others at the same time!” – Trina
  • “I liked learning about the Mexican tribes!” – Michael W.
  • “I really like the roadblock challenges!” – Connor
  • “It’s awesome how we do challenges and try to get more points than the other teams.” – Daniella
  • “I love this game!” (while playing math war with her teammate) – Micah

The theme for next week’s Summer Enrichment Camp in Windsor is Lights, Camera, Action!.  Don’t forget, next week’s Camp runs from Tuesday – Friday due to the Civic Holiday on Monday.

For more information about our programs, check out our website at www.ldawe.ca.

Scary Week at LDAWE Summer Camp

Week 2 of our Summer Enrichment Camps are in the books… and what an exciting (and scary) week it was!  The Campers at both sites have been sharing their thoughts, feelings, and activities throughout the week on our Twitter feed and on our Facebook page.

Week 2 in Windsor: Eco-Explorers

During the week, the campers practiced their literacy, math, and adaptive technology skills using the computers, iPads, Smart Board, and playing various games. They went on nature walks, researched their favourite animals, learned about fossils, took pictures with some scary animals (i.e. snacks and spiders), and at the end of the week they put all of their accomplishments into a scrapbook.

Learning about Nature

 

Scary Animal Photoshoot

 

Eco-Explorer Scrapbooks

The theme for next week’s Summer Enrichment Camp in Windsor is the Amazing Race World Challenge.

 

Week 2 in Windsor: Lights, Camera, Action!

During the week, the campers practiced their literacy, math, and adaptive technology skills using the computers, iPads, Smart Board and playing various games.  They practiced their persuasion skills by making a commercial for the item of their choice (See Sample 1 and Sample 2).  They also got to practice their creative writing and acting skills by making movie trailers using iMovie on the iPad.  Scary movies were a hit, with 3 out of the 4 movie trailers having a scary theme.  On the last day, the campers got to watch a movie while eating popcorn.

Lights, Camera, Action

The theme for next week’s Summer Enrichment Camp in Essex is the Wacky World of Science.

For more information about our programs, check out our website at www.ldawe.ca.

Making Friends at LDAWE Summer Camp

Here at LDAWE, the first couple of weeks of summer are always a bit crazy as we get ready for our Summer Enrichment Camps.  We spend those first couple of weeks getting all of the children registered for the camps, ensuring all of the Summer Camp staffed are trained, and getting all of the resources and supplies out to the program sites in Windsor and in Essex (and trust us… there are a LOT of resources and supplies!).

However, the first week of the summer camps are now complete, and from the feedback from the kids, parents, and staff members… it sounds like week 1 was a success!  The Campers at both sites have been sharing their thoughts, feelings, and activities throughout the week on our Twitter feed and on Facebook.

Week 1 in Essex: The Amazing Race World Challenge

Summer Camp Essex W1During the week, the campers practiced their literacy and math skills using the computers, iPads, Smart Board, and playing various games.  They also researched various countries and made postcards and posters for their chosen countries.  Since the weather was so nice, they took gym time outside and played some soccer baseball.  All of the campers and the staff members received a special treat on the last day, when one of the parents purchased pizza for lunch!

Here’s some of the quotes from the campers:

  • “I had fun this week making postcards and posters for Croatia and I want to come back next week!” – Zack
  • “I have made a lot of friends and I am having fun at camp!” – Gracie
  • “I met a new friend!” – Alyssa

Here’s a quote from one of the parents:

  • “The kids are having a blast!” – Manda

 

The theme for next week’s Summer Enrichment Camp in Essex is Lights, Camera, Action!.

Week 1 in Windsor: Superhero Academy

Summer Camp Windsor W1During the week, the campers practiced their literacy and math skills using the Smart Board and playing various games, defeated evil villains using their super powers during gym time, made escape vehicles using lego, made their own superhero outfits during arts and crafts time, and made their very own comic books using iPads (see sample 1 and sample 2 here).

Here’s some of the quotes from the campers:

  • “I really like how I learn a lot and it is easy to make friends” – Trina
  • “My favourite thing is that everything at camp is awesome!” – Michael
  • “I really like how at camp we get to learn and have fun at the same time!” – Daniella
  • “I really like the learning centres and rotations!” – Ibrahim
  • “I really like being a superhero for the week and making shields!” – Tristen
  • “My favourite thing about camp is how we get to learn and play dodgeball with my new friends” – Deoante

Here’s a quote from one of the parents:

  • “Another awesome adventure for the kids!!! [My son] loves superhero’s and was very excited about creating his own character. Great Job to the staff and volunteers for your creativity and hard work!!!” – Jennifer

The theme for next week’s Summer Enrichment Camp in Windsor is Eco-Explorers.

For more information about our programs, check out our website at www.ldawe.ca.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

National Volunteer Week Poster

This week is National Volunteer Week in Canada.  LDAWE would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for all of the wonderful work they do for people with learning disabilities and ADHD in the Windsor – Essex community throughout the year.

During 2013, LDAWE had 74 volunteers who contributed over 1400 hours of volunteer time to the Association.  This doesn’t even include the students who complete their internships and placements with us throughout the year.  Volunteers completed a wide variety of tasks, such as:

  • Being a member of our Board of Directors, the Pay Attention & Learn Task Force, the Special Education Advisory Committee, and other committees;
  • Administrative duties (such as faxing, filing, photocopying, typing, etc…);
  • Assisting with programs (such as being a program assistant or tutor, developing program curriculum, etc…);
  • Overseeing students who are completing psychological assessments;
  • Assisting with events (such as workshops, conferences, and fundraising events);
  • Performing general maintenance and repairs around the office; and
  • Writing a blog post for LDAWE’s blog.

Last week, LDAWE held its annual Spring Fundraising Dinner & Volunteer Recognition event.  Even though the event is hosted to thank our volunteers, this event could not occur without the support of some special volunteers.   A special thank you to:

  • Elaine Richardson and her family for coordinating the venue and meal;
  • Chef McNiece and her Century Secondary School students for preparing and cooking the tasty meal;
  • Howard, Jackie, Jen, Merissa, Patti, Sarah, and Taylor for serving the meal;
  • Nick (our marketing intern) for coordinating the door prizes and raffle items, marketing the event, and calling our volunteers to offer complimentary tickets,
  • Donny and Shelley for presenting cheques to this year’s Reid Family Scholarship recipients;
  • Jonathan for his opening address;
  • Matt and Shelley for selling raffle tickets;
  • Deb for being the “official” event photographer; and
  • To the countless others who helped with setup and takedown of the event.

In anticipation of National Volunteer Week, the Windsor Essex Association for Volunteer Administration (WEAVA), put a special insert into the Windsor Star to promote volunteerism in Windsor – Essex.  One of our volunteers, Ron Paré, was featured in the insert.  Please read his story in the picture below.

Ron Pare's Story

So once again, on behalf of the clients of LDAWE, we would like to thank all of our countless volunteers.  We certainly appreciate everything you do for the Association and we would not be able to offer all of the programs and services we currently provide without your support.

LD Awareness Month

LD Awareness MonthOctober is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month.  

The theme this year is, “LD is NOT who I am, it’s what I have.”  In keeping with this theme, LDA Chapters across the province of Ontario are reminding their communities that people with LD are creative. They are intelligent. They have hobbies. They are brave. They have hopes, and they have dreams. They are many things beyond their disabilities. In fact, they are just like the rest of us; the only difference is that they have different learning needs.

Learning disabilities are neurological disorders that interfere with a person’s ability to store, process, or produce information. Learning disabilities come in many forms and affect people with varying levels of severity; regardless of age, race, creed, social or economic status. It is a lifelong condition that affects 1 in 10 Canadians with average or above average intelligence. This means that in Windsor-Essex County alone, there are over 38,800 people living with learning disabilities (based on 2011 Census data).  Learning disabilities are the signal largest disability population.

While the majority of people with learning disabilities are able to cope and become successful adults, some people need extra help.  In fact, according to the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada’s PACFOLD (2007) study:

  • Canadians with LDs (in some ages) are twice as likely to report that they did not successfully complete high school (i.e. 28.3% of adults with LDs aged 20 to 29 versus only 14.3% of the general population of the same age).
  • People with LDs are also more likely to drop out of high school before graduation.
  • Nearly 1/3 of parents who have children with a LD reported that they could not afford the learning aids their children need to succeed academically (i.e. tutoring, assistive technology, etc.).
  • Canadians with LDs overwhelmingly achieve lower than Level 3 in prose literacy (the desired threshold for coping with the increasing skill demands of a knowledge society).
  • Canadians with LDs are 2 to 3 times more likely to report high levels of distress, depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal thoughts, and visits to a mental health professional and poorer overall mental and physical health compared to the general population.

In response, LDAWE provides families with the tools they need to help them succeed.  LDAWE assists children, youth, and adults with learning disabilities, and those who support them, through information sharing, support, and relevant programs.  Not only does LDAWE have a wide variety of programs and services for people with learning disabilities, the Association works closely with local school boards, social assistance programs, and like minded organizations to help people with learning disabilities achieve their full potential.

Her Fast Mind DVDIn celebration of LD Awareness Month, LDAWE is hosting the event, Her Fast Mind Documentary Viewing & Discussion with Award-Winning Author, Zoë Kessler.”  The event takes place on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Caboto Club in Windsor.  The documentary, Her Fast Mind: An in Depth View at ADHD as it Affects Women, by Dr. Timothy S. Bilkey will be shown. It features two successful women with ADHD and discusses their challenges and experiences with ADHD.  After the screening, Zoë Kessler will give us a first-hand account of her experience as a women with ADHD and how it has affected her life. There will be an opportunity to ask Zoë questions and a book signing for those interested in purchasing her newly published book, ADHD According to Zoë. For more details or to register to go: www.herfastmind.eventbrite.ca.

LDAWE is also accepting applications for the Reid Family Scholarship.  Two awards of $500 will be given annually, one to a student at St. Clair College and one to a student at the University of Windsor, who has documented learning disabilities.  The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 12, 2013.  Go to LDAWE’s website for more details and to download the application form.

Would you like to help LDAWE spread the message of understanding and support for all people with learning disabilities?  There are many ways you can help.  Consider one of the following:

  • LD Awareness MonthAttend the Her Fast Mind event taking place on Thurs, October 17, 2013
  • Share this posting with others using the social media feeds below
  • Become a member of your local LDA Chapter
  • Volunteer at your local LDA Chapter
  • Help LDAWE in completing its mission of assisting children, youth, and adults with learning disabilities, by making a donation to LDAWE through CanadaHelps.org