We know it sounds like all
we did was fieldtrips, fieldtrips, fieldtrips, but that's not true. The kids did have camp days where they stayed at the church and worked on their English skills and other camp projects. The camp theme this summer was FUN IN THE SUN! Camp participants learned typical vocabulary and expressions associated with summer/vacation activities, marine life/other animals, eco-systems, and weather. They were developing conversational skills in English while also learning more about the United States and American culture. We designed the program to be like a typical American style camp. We included various classes such as Music/Drama, Homeroom, Art, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Science. Students changed periods to give them the experience of an American school. Students engaged in a lot of interactive, hands-on activities such as creating their very own eco-systems in science class, learning about the regional art and history behind slave code quilting in social studies and even designing their very own quilt square that represented each child's own Summer Camp experience as part of a social studies class project. All the quilt squares from each student were pieced together to unite all the memories. In Music/Drama class students memorized lines and learned songs in English for the final presentation of Splash Kingdom at the camp graduation ceremony. In Art class, students decorated beach bags, beach balls and made sea shell picture frames.
Last Day of Camp in Charleston, Friday, August 8
The children rehearsed for their final presentation. Amazingly, just after two weeks of practice the campers sang songs and recited lines in English without reading! They learned fast with the help of great teachers!