Thursday, July 17, 2014

Music Camp

Last week I held a 3 day Music Camp at my house.  We enjoyed learning the basics to music theory during 2 different sessions each day.  It was lots of fun, and I can't wait to make it bigger and better next year.

Day 1
On Day 1, we spent the day inside learning about the letters in the musical alphabet, the difference in note values, and the signs for treble and bass clef.

Day 2
On Day 2, we played games outside that went along with what we learned on Day 1.  We also learned the notes on the staff for treble clef and bass clef.

Musical Alphabet Noodle Relay - Kids had to run across with a pool noodle between their legs and retrieve the next note in the musical alphabet.

Note Value Obstacle Course - Kids had to complete the obstacle course and draw the note that came next in numerical value.

Free Style Music Writing - Kids got to draw musical signs that they had learned with chalk on the driveway.

Musical Alphabet Ball Toss - Kids had to find a ball with the next letter that came in the musical alphabet and toss it into the pool.

Day 3 - Water Day!!!
On Day 3, I planned water activities that involved what we had learned.  Of course, I added some free time so students could enjoy the water. :)

Water Balloon Staff Toss - Kids stood on a note on the staff that was drawn on the concrete.  One kid went and picked a card with a letter from the musical alphabet.  They got to throw a water balloon at the person that was standing on that letter on the staff.

I love the second picture, because it shows the water balloon in the air. :)

Musical Alphabet Shooting Gallery - Similar to Water Balloon Staff Toss, students drew a card with a musical alphabet letter on it and got to shoot the kid with a water gun that was standing on that note.

We also played a game where students drew a card with a note.  Kids got to shoot them with their little water guns the number of beats the note receives in music. I did not get a picture of this, but the kids thought it was funny.

I had so much holding Music Camp this year.  I hope the kids had just as much fun if not more.  I already have plans for next summer. :)


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

4th of July

We celebrated the 4th of July at the river (our second home in the summer).  We had a great time on the water during the day and watching the fireworks at night.

 Our "babysitters" for the weekend.   They only charged $10 a week and only ask that I supply a "dummy of me" so that when Adelaide started missing me they could show her the dummy.  

 Adelaide trying to catch the fireworks.  She loved them!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Loving Summer Time

We have had a crazy weekend and week, but we are looking forward to some time at the river this weekend.

On Saturday, it rained!  That meant Kevin got to come home, but as soon as he came home we got a call that his grandfather was being taken back to the hospital.  So he had to follow the ambulance.  Adelaide and I went to a birthday party for Elora Kate.  Adelaide had so much fun!

 She was happy going, and even happier when she was given some goldfish to eat.

 She took over one of Elora's toys, and the she took one of the gifts, too.  

 She loved playing with Jackson, the dog.

Worn out from a fun birthday party!

Kevin was so tired by the time he got home Saturday night, and we had not seen each other much in the past two weeks.  He asked that we all stay home and rest up before going to the hospital on Sunday.  That afternoon we went and visited Granddaddy in the hospital.  Hannah (Kevin's sister) was at the hospital staying so she kept Adelaide while Kevin and I went out to eat for our anniversary.  We made a quick trip to eat at Cheddar's and then went back to the hospital.
 Adelaide liked looking out the window to the parking lot and telling everyone "bye-bye".

Adelaide's 1 year old check-up was Monday.  Her doctor had been on vacation so we had to schedule it for later.  Everything came back great!

After the check-up, we went back to the hospital to visit.  On the way home, she was knocked out.
She resumed her spot to say "bye-bye".

That night, my parents kept Adelaide while I went out to eat with the 1st grade teachers at HES.  I am so lucky to work with such great teachers!

The rest of the week has been spent cleaning, getting ready for the river, and finishing up some projects.  We are definitely loving the summer time!

I hope you have a great and safe 4th of July!



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