World Folklore & Hands-on History
The best part about learning to read is gaining the ability to explore a wide range of stories -- but when you're a first or second grader, the most interesting books are still too difficult and the books that you can read (and get through) tend to be too silly or babyish. Focusing on folklore and mythology from around the world, our first and second grade campers will get to experience a range of great stories, with a full cast of interesting characters and exciting (sometime wild!) plots. In the process, we'll explore the cultures that the stories come from and why different locations, cultures, and histories might lead to different types of stories. Once we have a good number of stories under our belts, we'll also try writing some myths and fables of our own, teaching lessons that are relevant in today's world!
In the afternoons, we'll get our hands a bit more dirty as we do some hands on history. All of the students will participate in an "archealogy" dig, digging for artifacts and then studying those artifacts to learn clues about the people that might have left them behind. We'll study generally (e.g., shark teeth would come from a fishing culture, coins would indicate trade) and more specifically (tracking down the lettering and images on coins to identify languages, regions, and a culture's values). Students will then craft jewelry or other artifacts of their own from their favorite finds.
Other hands-on history activities will include making paper (and learning the history of paper) and learning and using writing systems/craft projects from other cultures and historical time periods.