Category: Summer Series

Things to do in the Summer

Square Root of Fun Math Fair

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The Math Fair, is a FREE event and open to all ages. A brainchild of the nonprofit MIND Research Institute, will be held on Saturday, August 02, 2014 from 10:00 AM4:00 PM at the Bren Events Center, UC Irvine.  

 The Math Fair is all about making math fun! At the Fair, visitors will experience math and problem solving with life-size, interactive educational video games to performing out a math problem onstage.

Take-home materials will be provided so you can continue the fun after the Fair.

Exhibits:

Family Math Workshops

Family Math Workshops, which will be held during Math Fair hours. These interactive sessions will be open to all Math Fair visitors and will provide ideas and tips on how to:

  • Incorporate mathematics into everyday life activities
  • Assist your child with math homework (Math Without Tears)
  • Help your child when they are using ST Math at home
  • Money Talks: How to talk to your kids about financial matters. Presented by New York Life Insurance Company.

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m.Math Fair Opens

10:15 a.m.Math Fair Opening Ceremony featuring Irvine Mayor Stephen Choi and
Presenting Sponsor Microsemi
Mathland Railway Opens *train rides will run every 15 minutes
Math Mystery Theater Opens *performances every 45 minutes

10:30 a.m.Family Math Workshops Begin *workshops every 45 minutes
Meet JiJi *the penguin will make scheduled appearances until 4:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.Food Trucks Open
Game Design Workshop

1:00 p.m.Game Design Workshop

3:45 p.m.JiJi Band Performance

4:00 p.m.Math Fair Closing Ceremony

Square Root of Fun Math Fair

Saturday, August 02, 2014 10:00 AM4:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Bren Events Center
UC Irvine
100 Mesa Rd
Irvine , California 92697
United States

888-751-5443
Phone: 8887515443
You can no longer register online for this event. But you can still register on-site at the event.
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My Incredible Body app for kids

This app definelty gets added to the Summer Educational Series and beyond. “My Incredible Body” app from Zybright, is FREE for a limited time and is available for Andriod and iOS. My daughter loves this app.

My children love looking at their Human Body book but this interactive anatomy app takes them on a high quality animated tour of the body.

This kid’s anatomy app offers 3D models of the body that cover the brain, digestion, lungs, skeleton, kidneys, senses, muscles and heart.

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The app allows you to pinch, swipe and zoom in on the 3D anatomy models. Each organ has multiple parts which they can tap on to bring up a brief description.  Kids have the option of reading and/or listening to the narration.

They can explore the models, see the connections, watch videos or see demos of the body parts in action.

 You can download My Incredible Body for iOS  and  Android for free for a limited time. 

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Fullerton Arbortetum

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Last Saturday we visited the Fullerton Arboretum, this very tranquil place is located  just off the 57 frwy in Fullerton on the Cal State University Fullerton campus.

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 As we walked  along the dirt path we were greeted by glorious sunflowers and a waterfall. The waterfall leads to a stream that flows throughout one side of the arboretum and into two ponds. The ponds are hosts to ducks, fish, turtles and cranes. The stream instantly inspired my daughter to draw and write in her journal.

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There is a small nature center for the kids (with binoculars for the kids to use during their visit), a fruit orchard, a children’s garden, a community garden, walking trails (one with redwood trees) and a plant store called the “Potting Shed” that sells plants which reflect the Arboretum’s Garden Collections: Cultivated, Desert, Mediterranean, and Woodland.

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They have guided tours of the Heritage House. This Eastlake style home was the home of Dr. Clark, one of the most highly regarded individuals in early Fullerton. The home was relocated to the Arboretum in 1972. The interior is fully restored and refurbished with furniture and medical equipment of that era. A suggested donation of $3.00 is encouraged be not required.

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The Farm Stand is open every Sunday and sells vegetable grown at the arboretum. They offer educational opportunities for adults such as Yoga in the Garden, Composting and an Eating in the Yard Series. They also hold an ongoing children’s series called Bug-Safaris, There are plenty of walking trails and benches to sit and enjoy the views and a quick snack.

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Bring your water and be advised that picnicking is not allowed inside the Arboretum, there are however picnic tables just before the entrance. Parking is free on a dirt lot. A  donation of $5.00 to visit the arboretum is suggested but not required. For a complete list of events check their calendar. In addition to the Family Fun to be had here, places like this are a great addition to your Summer Educational Series. Here’s a list of botanical gardens and arboretums in the United States.

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

This is a free global reading program that encourages kids to read all summer long. This addition to my Summer Educational Series, keeps kids reading books and logging their reading minutes (online and on smartphones). They can enter sweepstakes to win prizes and earn digital rewards when they complete weekly reading challenges. This year’s theme is “Reading Under the Stars!” Kids will unlock constellations and learn fun facts about space as they reach reading milestones every week.

Kids 4-14 are the core ages, but if you read to your younger children, you can log reading minutes on their behalf.

You can sign up online at www.scholastic.com/summer .  Although kids can log minutes through any desktop browser,  mobile device (tablets or phones) browser, or through the free Scholastic Reading Timer mobile app on iOS and Android devices, you must register or authenticate via a desktop browser first. The website is completely kid safe as there are COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) laws that Scholastic adheres to. 

Scholastic also offers a lot great ideas through their Scholastic Parents Facebook page. Parents be sure to visit  the content calendar, it provides free daily expert tips and articles, activities, discounts on books, and special Friday giveaways.

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

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National Summer Learning Day – June 20th

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Yesterday marked the beginning of summer for us. It was My 7 year old daughter’s last day of school and she is not happy about it. She asked me “Why can’t the teachers just take the weekend off and start the next school year on Monday?”

I have a huge responsibility here, I need to keep her learning and engaged during the summer. I have listed a few things in my  Summer Educational Series  that she will be taking part in. Celebrating National Summer Learning Day on June 20th that goes right in line with my mission.

Summer Learning Day  is a day to spread awareness about the importance of combating summer learning loss and the need to offer learning opportunities for all students to keep brains engaged in the summer months. Summer learning is for all children, not just those who need to catch up in school. It helps to encourage children to be:

    • Creative and innovative.
    • A chance to use the great outdoors as a classroom.
    • A way to make sure your child is eating healthy and staying active during the summer.
    • A way for older youth to discover a career through job experiences.
    • A step up to the next grade or school level.
    • A tool for helping children and schools perform at their highest level.

This year, hundreds of events, big and small, are slated to celebrate summer learning across the nation. Find Summer Learning Day events close to you, Summer Learning is about bringing together fun activities and learning to provide a safe space for the children of working families.

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As a parent, you can help by turning everyday errands and outings into a learning experience. Download and print out some of the resources below to learn how.

  • Summer Learning Tips for Parents
  • This sheet offers some overall tips on finding a summer program for your child and other low-cost activities that you can do with your child during the summer months.
  • Ideas for Activities at Home
  • This sheet offers fun and easy-to-use ideas on how to turn everyday errands and local outings into learning for your child.
  • Ideas for Older Youth
  • Getting your tween or teen to learn during the summer can be a challenge. This sheet gives you ideas on how you can make it so fun and interactive they won’t even realize they are learning!
  • Ideas for an Active and Healthy Summer
  • This sheet gives ideas on how to keep your child physically active and fit, while eating healthy during the summer months.
  • Getting Teens College and Career Ready During the Summer
  • This sheet offers ideas families can use to work with teens during the summer to give them a start on what comes after high school and beyond.
  • Summer Reading
  • This resource will give you tips on how to keep your child reading all summer long.

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Crystal Cove Tide Pools

Every time we come here, I fall more in love with this beautiful spot. Crystal Cove State Park is designated as an Underwater Park and definitely goes under my Summer Educational Series. This place makes it easy to add a learning experience to a family fun day at the beach.
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Nothing is better then nature’s classroom. Stop by art museum, located across from the one restaurant on the beach, and pick up a Sea Life pamphlet (made especially for kids but I love it) It describes how to explore the tidepools and the sea life you find at different tide levels.  All the kids love seeing sea anemones and get so excited by the Shore crabs. You can also read through the Crystal Cove State Park pamphlet with your to give them a some of the history of Crystal Cove.

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I am simply amazed by God’s beautiful creations when I’m here. The pristine beach is surrounded by 80 foot coastal bluffs. It has 3.2 miles of beach and seven separate coves to explore. There’s plenty of room on the beach for sunbathing and picnicking.
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There are volunteer led tidepool walks and every Wednesday throughout the summer, the Education Commons has classes on sea glass jewelry making, historic radio shows, historical games and more. These classes are from 9am-4pm and best of all it’s FREE.
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A great way to teach your kids about serving your community and preserving our beaches is to join in a beach clean-up effort check out Save Our Beach.

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How to Find the Park

The park is located off Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, California with easy access from I-5, 405 and 73. Crystal Cove State Park is located just north of Laguna Beach, California and just south of Corona Del Mar, California. Pacific Coast Highway, Route 1, passes directly by the Park. There is parking both on the ocean side of PCH at Reef Point and Pelican Point as well as inland parking at El Moro Day Use Parking Area by the Ranger Station which can be reached by going inland at School/State Park traffic signal, located next to El Morro School.. A few miles north from Reef Point is the Los Trancos parking area with trolley access to the Historic District.

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The Electric Company Summer Learning Program

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I love PBSKids for my girls, they have some great resources. I previously blogged about their SciGirls program. Today, as part of my Summer Educational Series , my focus is on  The Electric Company Summer Learning Program (I will highlight some of the other online programs soon). This is a six-week multimedia program which has a total of 24 sessions, with four 90-minute sessions per week. This program will help me feed my daughters thirst for learning during the summer. 

PBSKids has created a curriculum based off The Electric Company. Each session uses the show to develop children’s vocabulary and core math concepts like: addition, subtraction, pattern recognition, representing and analyzing data, telling time, reading and writing numbers, and measurement. The children watch the same episode twice, so that they are exposed to the same words and concepts two sessions in a row. This enhances the depth of the each learning experience.

Every lesson is written out for you. Just follow their guidelines and your set. You can set this up with another Mom and take turns hosting a session or do this one on one with you child. However you decide to do this, be sure to encourage discussions about what they learned. Also, playing some of their online games helps reinforce their lessons or have them draw a picture to express what they’ve learned. Families are also given a bi-weekly newsletters to update parents on what children have been learning.

 

These are the Features on their program

Key features include:

  • 36 hours of summer learning content
  • YouTube links to over 3 hours of content packaged into 15-minute narratives
  • Online Gaming: 12 levels of The Adventures of Prankster Planet
  • 12 interactive group activities
  • 24 skill-building activity sheets
  • TEC SLP Orientation Training:
    – 90-minute orientation training for staff implementing SLP
    – PowerPoint presentation detailing TEC approach and SLP curriculum specifics
    – Training script to accompany PowerPoint for staff to administer training

 

Here’s the links for the program:

 

Take a look and let me know what you think.

 

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Art Program from the OC Zoo & Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

For my Summer Educational Series, I’m adding an upcoming art/educational program for kids at the O.C. Zoo. Even if you have to drive a bit to get here, it’s completely worth it. You can plan a full day here.

A new Art Program is being offered at the OC Zoo. The OC Zoo has teamed up with Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. On June 27 and August 6 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am., kids ages 9-16 years old will learn to draw an animal with a Chuck Jones Center artist. They’ll also get to meet a zoo animal up close!

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The cost is $10.00 per child (parent observer pays $2.00 zoo admission fee)  and a $3.00 parking fee.  A Chuck Jones center artist will also be inside the zoo after the art program from 12:30pm-2:30pm so general admission zoo visitors have a chance to see the artist drawing and ask questions

Space is limited, class takes place at the OC Zoo which is located inside Irvine Regional Park in Orange. Registration is REQUIRED by calling (714) 973-6846l

Be sure to bring a lunch and spend the day at Irvine Regional Park. You can visit the Nature center, rent a bike, a paddle boat, take a train ride or take a walk along with the lake.

Orange County Zoo

(located inside Irvine Regional Park)

1 Irvine Park Road

Orange, CA 92862

(714) 973-6846
Art Program at OC Zoo
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About Chuck Jones Center for Creativity:

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a non-profit organization founded by the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones. The Center’s vision is to inspire the creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous and harmonious life and world. The programs of the center provide children with nurturing guidance from the Chuck Jones teaching artists to help discover their own innate creativity.
To learn more about the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Warner Bros. animation contact them at www.chuckjonescenter.org.
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Operation Splash

Summer is here, time to play and have fun in the pool! We need to remember that part of having fun in the pool is staying safe by learning how to swim. This is why I am including Kaiser Permanente’s “Operation Splash” as part of my Summer Educational Series.

Kaiser is partnering with cities throughout Southern California to offer “Operation Splash”, a program designed to encourage exercise and provide free swim lessons for low-income youth and adults, They also offer free junior lifeguard training.

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The following cities/counties have been offered grants: City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation, City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, Desert Recreation District, Coachella Valley Recreation and Park District, Indio,  North of the River Recreation and Park District, Bakersfield, City of Ventura, Community Services Department, Ventura, Friends of Chula Vista Parks and Recreation and city of Los Angeles.

For Riverside:  

Visit www.riversideca.gov or call 951-826-2000. Registration is on site at participating locations. 

Arlington Park Pool, 3860 Van Buren Blvd.

Hunt Park Pool, 4015 Jackson St.

Islander Pool, 3794 Mount Vernon Ave.

Reid Park Pool, 701 N. Orange St.

Shamel Park Pool, 3650 Arlington Ave.

Sippy Woodhead Pool, 2060 University Ave.

Villegas Park Pool, 3091 Esperanza St.

 

Click here for Operation Splash Locations in Los Angeles

 

For San Bernardino:

 

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3 Week Summer Camp by Girls Make Games

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I just read about this summer camp program. I’m thrilled to share this you as part of the Summer Educational Series. This is an awesome 3 week summer camp for girls enrolled in grades 6-10. Although this program is not free it is well worth the investment in your child’s future. I’m going to start saving for my girls now.

This camp is developed by LearnDistrict, an indie studio based in San Jose, CA. Girls Make Games Summer Camp is an International Summer Camp program which features workshops that encourage girls to to explore the the world of video games. Although 47% of gamers are women only 12% of the game industry are women. These odds are just not right for the future of our girls.

Camp begins June 16th but you must enroll by today, June 8th.  Here is an example of what is covered:

Academics

  • Gameplay models, mechanics, and terminology
  • Students learn to create characters and backgrounds in photoshop
  • The basic fundamentals and logic of programming.

Exposure

  • Career discussions and presentations with game industry professionals
  • Field trips to
    • i. Stanford University Dept. of Comp Sci
    • ii. Microsoft and Google HQ
  • Play Day hosted at Double Fine Studios – One of the top indie game companies

Demo Day

  • Teams pitch their final projects to panel of judges from Google Play, USC and Double Fine Studios.
  • Top 3 teams win sponsored prizes; First place winner has their game developed by LearnDistrict.

They offer a 5:1 Student to Counselor ratio and College students enrolled in game programs offer on-going mentor-ship after camp ends.

This camp is offered in six locations through out the United States

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Boston, MA
  • Washington DC
  • Seattle, WA
  • Denver, CO
  • Austin, TX

Click here for Girls Make Games Camp Info

 

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FREE Microsoft Summer Camps

 

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As part of my Summer Educational Series, Microsoft is offering a FREE summer camp series. I am very excited about this particular series of classes and have registered my daughter for the Smart Game Coding Class. Space is limited so sign up quickly. Here are the classes being offered:

  • Smart Game Coding: Ages 8-10-Go behind the scenes and learn how to code, program, and play in your own gaming world. You’ll use kid-friendly programming to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own.
  • Smart Game Designing: Ages 11-13-Learn how to build, publish, and bring mobile games to life. Make your own virtual world and bring it to life so you can create games, movies, and unique digital experiences.
  • Smart Movie Making: ages 8-10 & 11-13-Unleash your imagination and go from script to screen – and all the moving steps in between. We’ll teach you how to produce, direct, design and animate your own flicks using Windows Phone and Surface Pro.
  • Smart Photo Taking: Ages 11-13-Make photos pop and learn new tricks for capturing, editing and sharing great photos from your phone. We’ll help you build interactive worlds in Photosynth, turn yourself into art with Photo Fuse, and more.

 

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In addition to the classes listed above some of the stores are also offering a “Code It”class . These are drop in classes, so I would suggest arriving early. The “Code It” class is described as follows:

  • Want to play a game that doesn’t exist yet? You could simply make it yourself during our open coding hours. Go behind the screens with TouchDevelop to learn how to build and publish amazing mobile games and receive prizes for each level you unlock. Complete all levels and receive a Microsoft backpack, perfect for going back to school.

View available summer camps at your store and sign up today

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FREE Apple Camp at the Apple Store for Kids

I love to keep my kids heads busy learning during the summer, so I will be sharing some great summer educational opportunities within in the next few of weeks as a part of my  Summer Educational Series.

This year my daughter learned how to create a power point presentation at school. She loves to take pictures and has made several “movies” on her tablet. So I am more then excited to see this FREE three day Apple Camp.

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Apple Camp is for kids ages 8-12. They learn how to shoot their own footage, create an original song in GarageBand on an iPad, and put it all together in iMovie on a Mac. This free workshop, held at the Apple Store, spans three days and ends with campers debuting their masterpieces at the Apple Camp Film Festival. This camp fills up quickly, so sign up  and respond quickly when registration opens up.

Click on the link to sign up for Apple Camp email notifications.

 

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