Summer camp 2.0

We wouldn’t have missed this year summer camp at our Helen Doron School. Last year it was a wonderful experience for E., this year she’s been waiting for it with great excitement.

Day 1 – Rex Animal Farm

The more tiring programmes were at the beginning of the week as the kids had more energy. After a short getting to know each other and an English session they headed to Rex Animal farm.

The whole group at the gate of the farm (as you can see they all got a HD hat):

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Lots and lots of animals

 

 

Some playground time:

 

The best thing ever happened at the end of the day on the way home:
E.. – Mommy!
M.: – Yes.
E.: – Do you know what happened today?
M.: – What, Sweetie?
E.: – I made a new friend.  Kapcsolódó kép

It took me quite a while to find out her name and who she was, but ever since the first day they were hanging out together.

Day 2 – Tarzan Park

E. had been waiting for this day a lot. She loves this fun park and she had been there before but had never tried the water playground area. Well, we packed her swimming suit and sunscreen in her backpack. But they started the day with the English session

 

Water playground – the weather was kind to them

 

Of course, they had fun on the other playground areas too:

 

E. did sleep well after the fun-packed day.

Day 3 – Crafts and playground (water bombs, slime)

This day was all about slime, fingerpaint, waterbombs, and fun at the playground apart from the usual English lesson in the morning.

Day 4 – Crafts and ice-chalk

Just like the other days the kids enjoyed themselves mostly in the fresh air. Though they prepared a UFO in the morning (or in the afternoon… I don’t remember. I really need to write the posts when they actually happen.)

I’m not sure if it was this day’s craft or one of the previous days’ but here is the result of some finger painting:

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English lesson – preparation for the performance

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And playground time where the ice-painting took place with some home-made ice-chalk.


Conversation between E and Zs (the teacher):

Teacher: – Did you like the ice chalk?
*no answer*
Teacher: – How was it?
*long pause*
E: – COLD.

Picnic in the park:

 

Day 5 – Performance for the parents

Again I’m uncertain whether the kids got their tattoos on the very last day or on another day but here’s E’s Sunny, the Cat. It lasted for almost 3 weeks much to her delight.

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And of course the final performance, where the kids showed to their parents what they’d learnt throughout the week (though I’m positive this performance was just a tiny piece of what they’d learnt). They were singing, dancing, creeping like a snail 🙂 and it was evident that they all enjoyed it very very much.

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English camp for the first time – long post, loads of pics

E. took part in her very first day-time camp in the first week of August. Of course, it was an English camp. What else?

Zs. from our old Helen Doron school founded her own HD school and summer camps were organised for kids throughout the summer. On the first week of August E. took part in  fantastic adventures in English.

Every day started at 9 (with breakfast) and ended at 15:30 when kids needed to be picked up (one could arrived later and the kids were taken care of. They watched some animations until parents arrived). The age group was quite appropriate for E.: from age 4 to 8.

Here comes the detailed overview of the week:

Day 1 – Introductory day

This was a getting to know each other day. They stayed in and did a lot of arts and crafts and played games so the kids could get familiar with each other and the teachers (Zs. and Z.). E. was rather quiet on her first day, but I expected that. She always needs time to get used to a new situation.

They painted a mask

E.’s mask
There was English circle time in the morning

…and in the afternoon
They went to a playground nearby and “found” some dinos frozen in eggs

For a while E. was watching the frozen dino and waiting for it to melt… but it was BORING so she went climbing a bit…
Then returned and waited and waited patiently…

The dino is free!!!

As the topic of the day was dinosaurs, dino fossils were also made by the kids.
Day 2 – Tarzan Park

After breakfast there was some English circle time again

They always had some free playtime with lots of fun toys, books and games, too.

They visited Tarzan Park  (an outdoor fun park) after lunch. (By the way lunch was ordered for the kids from Egészségkonyha and arrived every day in the morning. As for food, kids got food 4 times a day – breakfast, snack in the morning, lunch and snack in the afternoon too – got bakery products, cereals, vegetables and fruit. E. liked them all and didn’t complain at all. On the first day their chicken nuggets were dino-shaped)
The group in Tarzan Park with Zs.:

E. got really tired after this day full of climbing and moving around a lot. She didn’t nap in the afternoon. (After lunch on most days they had some quiet time. Whoever wanted (needed) could sleep but a Disney film was usually shown and E. was more interested in watching it than taking a nap)
She was a little bit braver this time as for talking in English but I needed to motivate her with something. As Baby Sis didn’t let me do anything creative I offered her some treats when I pick her up if she spoke more than the day before. And she did. I took her some M&Ms. A rare treat so she did appreciate it.
Day 3 – Rex Animal Farm – E.’s favourite day

They visited Rex Animal Farm where they fed the goats (as well as some rabbits)


…saw some special animals

…listened to a lady talking about how to be a responsible pet owner. 
Your dog has to be vaccinated – just pretend in this pic
They also had a dog agility training session. E. was brave enough to take the dog (called Gesztenye) through the course.

They also had their lunch at the Farm

They had time to enjoy the small playground at the farm

The whole group with their teachers Zs. and Z.
There was no English session at the farm only the HD teachers talked to the group in English but the other days were full of English from morning till the afternoon. The teachers know it well that E. is bilingual and they didn’t use any Hungarian to her throughout the whole week.
Day 4 – Picnic

After the usual morning session in English (when they painted some stones and their dino fossils from day 1 with glow-in-the-dark paint) the kids went to Margit sziget (Margaret Island) to have a picnic.

They were watching the big fountain show, 
went to a playground, 
walked on dino feet 
and had their picnic (yummy lángos, E.’s favourite street food). 
The kids were really tired after the long and action-packed week so when they got back they had some nap time. At last E. slept a bit and felt more relaxed in the evening.
Day 5 – Mini show for parents

On the last day a mini show was prepared for the parents to finish the camp with.
There were some arts and crafts: kids prepared their presents for their parents by themselves (and with a little help from the teachers.

The parents received a paper basket decorated by the kids with some hand-made artwork, like an origami frog or the painted dino fossils, plus a greeting card with the best photo of the child taken during the week, stuck in it. The show was great and touching all the kids could show themselves a bit in English.
All in all, the whole camp was a great experience for E. (trying herself in an unfamiliar English environment and meeting new people), packed with a lot of fun activities and programmes in English. It was value for money indeed. We’re surely signing up for the next year’s camp too.