Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Halfway Through Camp

We're at the halfway mark now at the KBTC Kids Camp, and we're all wishing that it could be longer. One of the things that is most striking about this camp is how genuinely happy the kids are to be there. With friends, excited teachers, interesting lessons, and their favorite characters, the KBTC Kids Camp is a joy to see and experience. As the activities continue, our teachers are also adding their own experience and expertise to the plans, adjusting them as they learn more about the kids and interests in the room. While the lessons are always engaging, fun, and educational, it's a great benefit to have the ability to personalize them for each class,  camp, and camper.

Here's a look from the first half of camp:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Charades and Challenges

Another great day at KBTC Kids Camp! Today brought us some challenges: Can you get a hula hoop from one end of a line to another? Can you collect bird food (dried kidney beans) using only a toothpick? Can you act what it's like to be a wall? We answered all of these questions!

Learning about Hispanic Heritage from Maya and Miguel

Aaliyah demonstrates the word "wall," from the Word Charades Game in Super Why

Who can get the most food with their beaks?! Eat Like a Bird keeps us on our toes.

Monday, July 7, 2014

KBTC Kids Camp!

Today was the day! The KBTC Kids Camp at Lister Elementary School, funded by an award from Comcast, kicked off in grand fashion. With three teachers, a Camp Manager, and a boatload of fun, we got into lots of PBS Kids activities.

We started off by choosing group names (and some group chants) for each grade level. These are our Bucket Filling Buddies, the third grade class. They're committed to filling their buckets full of fun and learning.

All of our groups became engineers with Fetch!, figuring out how to make a boat powered by wind. This group of second graders did a great job creating their sail.

And finally, we have a table full of wind-powered boats!

Next up: Computer time! Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger, and many other PBS favorites are enjoyed during this time.

After begging us to let him dance, we played a song from the Electric Company at the end of the day.

We'll be at Lister for the next three weeks - hope to see you there!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Peg + Cat brings Summer Counting

KBTC Kids in Salishan learned to count to 100 today with the help of Peg + Cat! Using the Learning Resources about numbers and counting, we found chickens and fed Space Creatures, practiced counting up to 100 by counting by tens, and helped Peg to solve her big problems. Practice more counting skills by:
  • Making a list of 100 things you can learn this summer;
  • Making a paper chain 100 links long, writing something that you're grateful for on each one;
  • Drawing a picture of 100 of something;
  • Visiting to play counting games.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer in Salishan!

Welcome to summer!

We're spending time each week in Salishan as part of Brown Bags and Books. This daily program starts at noon with lunch for all kids ages 18 and under, and then invites the kids to take part in an activity. KBTC is on site on Mondays and Fridays, offering hands on PBS Kids activities for anyone who would like to join. We also have some time set aside for the Mobile Technology Lab, a drop-in session for kids to play PBS Kids games on our computers.

Miss Danay helps a student get started on a Word Girl game.

Almost ready to fly this kite...

It works!

The weekly schedule for Brown Bags and Books is:

Monday: KBTC Kids
Tuesday: Tacoma Public Library or Write@253
Wednesday: (none scheduled at this time)
Thursday: Write@253
Friday: KBTC Kids

Monday, April 7, 2014

Family Celebration at Spring Break Camp 2014

The final day of Spring Break Camp 2014 was a great success, with the afternoon our Family Celebration. There was dancing from each grade level and a performance from the DASH Center, a movie of the campers learning Star Wars (led by Write@253), awards for each camper, and lots of food. The Press Pool distributed their newspaper to all the families, campers, volunteers, and staff - they did a great job!

Dancing during recess

Watching the Star Wars/Shakespeare movie

Dance routine from the third graders

Parents watching the performance

The Spring Break Times was published on Friday, April 4th, and distributed at the Family Celebration. Our campers researched newspapers; chose topics; researched camp; interviewed campers, volunteers, and staff; wrote and edited all of their own content; and took pictures of camp. The computers and cameras used are a part of KBTC's Mobile Technology Lab. Read all about it!

Alyssa Urish (left), from Peace Community Center, helped lead camp.
Barb (right) is a wonderful volunteer with the K/1 group.

Jim Brandt (left), from Umpqua Bank has led the Press Pool for three years.
Brendan Nelson (right), AmeriCorps member with Peace Community Center, joined the Press Pool for the first time.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Day 4 at Spring Break Camp 2014

The Press Pool is finishing up articles and putting together The Spring Break Times... Kites have been designed, decorated, and tested... Today was the dress rehearsal for Shakespeare's Star Wars...

Another great day at Spring Break Camp, our campers are ready for their performances at tomorrow's Family Celebration.

Decorating a kite

Figuring out the kites...


Costumes for Star Wars

Day 3 at Spring Break Camp

A few pictures from camp on Wednesday!

Volunteers sharing lunch

Press Pool taking a break for an engineering challenge. Can you drop an egg without having it break? Results vary.

Copper Cleanup in Fetch!

Experimenting with different liquids to clean pennies

Perfecting the dance routine

Learning their parts in William Shakespeare's Star Wars.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Day 2 at Spring Break Camp 2014

Another successful day at camp, we were lucky enough to be visited by two local reporters from The News Tribune. They visited our own Press Pool (fourth and fifth graders) to give some pointers about interviewing, taking interesting pictures, and asking follow-up questions.

Press Pool learns from the experts.

Taking a break for recess on a sunny day.
The Electric Company

Dance class

Monday, March 31, 2014

2014 Spring Break Camp!

Today was our first day of Spring Break Camp 2014, and we had a blast! Our press pool is busy interviewing students, teachers, and mentors, and our younger kids are enjoying Fetch!, the Electric Company, Star Wars, and playing games. Here are some pictures from today:

Write@253 is putting on a production of Shakespearean Star Wars with the K-3rd graders. Today was an introduction to Star Wars, Shakespeare, rhyming, and themes.

Working hard on observations of dance class, led by the DASH Center.

Success! Winning the the race with a wind-driven car made only of paper, straws, tape, paperclips, and life savers.

Cutting paper for "Under Pressure," an experiment from Fetch!

Learning some new words from the Electric Company