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.