As we get closer you are probably making summer plans for kids. There are several churches around town that put on a great week of vacation bible school (VBS) for children ages 4 yrs through 5th grade. Older children can serve as volunteers and help out! VBS is a great option for parents because it’s very affordable and kids can learn a lot and have fun! Here are some ideas for VBS locations around Plano.
Christ Church of Plano: Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16 9am-12 pm Theme: Maker Fun Factory
Custer Road United Methodist Plano Daytime VBS: June 26-30 from 9am – noon. and Evening VBS: June 25-29 from 6:15-8:30pm. Theme: Hero Central
Chase Oaks (Legacy Campus) VBX extreme June 12-15th 9am-noon
Faith Lutheran Church June 19-23rd 9am-noon Theme: Mighty Fortress
Christ United Methodist Church: June 26th-29th 9:00 am – noon (four days) Theme: Fruit of the Spirit
St. Elizabeth Seton Plano June 19-23, 9am-noon Theme: Maker Fun Factory
Prestonwood Baptist Church Monday, June 5 –8 Friday, June 9 ages 3yrs – 6th grade 9am-noon
Parkway Hills Baptist June 12-16 9am-noon Theme: Galactic Starveyors (FREE)
Suncreek United Methodist (Allen) June 19th-23rd 9am-noon Theme: Maker Fun Factory
North Dallas Community Bible Curch June 26th-29th 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm, Sunday, June 25th (FREE) Family Fun day!
Hunter’s Glen Baptist Church July 10-14th 9am-noon (FREE for 4th grade and under!!) Theme: Galactic Starveyors
Messiah Lutheran Church July 10-14th (times not posted yet, registration opens in May) Theme: Maker Fun Factory
First Presbyterian Church of Plano July 17 -21 5pm to 8pm (registration to open June 1st on website) Free Dinner, Free VBS Theme: Hero Central
Grace Presbyterian Church July 10th-14th. $25 a child. 9am-Noon
If you ask most parents to describe the way their children are learning math at school, you will hear a lot of frustration and confusion. “I have a college degree and I don’t understand the first-grade homework!” some parents say. “Why can’t they just teach it the way I learned it?” others ask.
The idea behind the Texas state standards (TEKS) used in today’s elementary schools is that children will develop mathematical thinking. They will have number sense and be able to understand what they are doing when they solve math problems, not just the rules for solving them. They will be able to approach problems in different ways and find multiple solutions.
The difficulty, of course, is that in a classroom of 20 or more children of varying abilities, on a time schedule and preparing for tests required by the state, is that children don’t have enough opportunity to use the hands-on materials that they need to develop this mathematical thinking. They need to be able to derive and discover concepts for themselves so that they will remember them long term and start applying them to other situations.
Growing IQ is not a tutoring center, but an enrichment program that yields long-term results. The highly trained and well-qualified teachers can help the children who struggle with math, and can also take the children who excel at math to new heights. They approach math from the perspective that math is in the world all around us. It’s not a separate subject only used at school- it is a key part of art, music, nature, technology, science, engineering, cooking, and so much more.
At Growing IQ, students come for two-hour sessions once a week and they are usually not ready to leave. Students play games, create art and crafts, build things, explore math manipulatives, and listen to music. All the while teachers use math vocabulary and guide children toward the concepts that will build their foundation of math. They also teach spatial reasoning, logical analysis and critical thinking, skills important to success in math (and all learning) but not addressed by school standards.
As Eileen Horng, a parent of two students said: “My two children have been taking classes at GROWING IQ for more than three years now. The difference is in the approach to math. GROWING IQ does not focus on math concepts per se; learning math concepts is a positive by-product but not the purpose of the instruction. Rather the focus is on how to reason, problem solve through experimentation, and apply past learning to new situations.” Eileen is a former elementary school teacher and has earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She was also formerly the Director of Research, Assessment, and Accountability for the Redwood City School District and Associate Director for the Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice (IREPP) at Stanford University. She is currently an independent education research consultant.
Growing IQ also offers a revolutionary toddler program called Math Music Motion (M-cubed or M3) that is focused on child development from a neurological perspective. M3 will help your child become a curious, creative learner, critical thinker, and problem solver! The curriculum is designed to cross-correlate both Math and Music to stimulate the different parts of the brain and its functions leading to the development of interconnected pathways which promote higher IQ, improved mental functioning, academic advantage and the development of many important skills. Motion encompasses a great portion of both gross & fine motor skills allowing for complex relationships to form between environmental stimuli, and the body’s reaction to color, pattern, sound and much more.
For more details, please look at their websites www.growingiq.com & www.mathmusicmotion.com and facebook pages https://m.facebook.com/GrowingIQ.Math/ & https://m.facebook.com/MathMusicMotion/ to get an idea of what they do. Check out Growing IQ’s 5 themed weeks of fun summer camp.
Growing IQ can help any child become a mathematician! Call or email them to schedule a free trial class for your child and remember to mention ‘PLANOMOMS’ to get 20% discount for life. This offer end 30th September 2017.
Springtime is the time to start thinking about summer. I typically schedule our summers with a mix of Full weeks of Day Camps and a few days or even a Week of Family Time or Staycation (we all plan the week & become tourists in the Metroplex). I also plan vacations out of state or even overseas. How do you manage the summer for your family?
Most camps start registration in March, and some are offering early bird deals, so it’s time to research and come up with a plan. We have gathered the most popular questions moms ask before choosing Camps for their kids. Typically, they include:
What is different about your camp to others of the same kind?
What times and days/dates do you offer?
Do you supply snacks, drinks or lunch and if not, what should my child bring?
Where are your camps located?
Will my child be indoor or outdoor? (Texan heat can be a concern, as is a lack of fresh air!)
Who will be looking after my child? Are they licensed? Do they have CPR/First Aid Skills?
What age groups do you take?
What does a typical day look like?
Our Facebook group is full of moms swapping ideas, so here is a list of some of our favorites, by type:
STRETCHING THE MIND
Camp options including a focus on creativity & imagination and Becoming an Inventor and STEAM Education incorporating Science & an emphasis on Art!
Ages 6-8 and 9-12
Invention Kids camp:
6/26-6/29, 9am – 12, at Hunters Glen Baptist Church, 4001 Custer Rd, Plano
8/7 – 8/10, 9am – 12, at Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Rd, Plano
$150 per week.
Kaleidoscope Kids camp:
6/19-6/23, 9am – 12, at Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 North Dallas Tollway, Frisco
7/24-7/28, 9am – 12, at Gideon Reading and Math Center, 6205 Coit Rd, Ste 164, Plano
$185 per week.
Special Offer for Plano Moms: Book by April 30th and receive $10 off each camp.
The Project Camp
A STEM Camp with a heavy focus on engineering & art. Project based learning on the engineering design process with presentation skills too!
Ages – entering 1st- 4th grade project ‘Bird Brains’ and incoming 4th-6th grade ‘Engineering Art Structures’
1 week only – July 17-21
Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy, 601 Accent Dr, Plano 75075
Kumon Plano Shepard
1501 Preston Rd, Ste #825, Plano
Consider 3pm-7pm tuition over the Summer!
Special for Plano Moms: 50% off Reading Registration
Main Event Entertainment, Plano
3941 Central Expy, Plano 75023
8:30am-1pm, ages 8-15
Bowling, Video games, laser tag battles & more
Lunch with entrée, drink and cookie
Up to 5 weeks availability this Summer!
Powerkids Sports and Fitness
19009 Preston Rd, Suite 208, Dallas 75252 (just South of George Bush Turnpike)
9am-2pm, ages 3+
Traditional sports, optional tumbling, yoga and acro yoga
$45 per day for 1st child, $40 for each additional child per day
Jun 12 – Aug 18
Obstacle Warrior Kids
Inspired by the hit television show American Ninja Warrior, kids can challenge themselves on a variety of obstacles, in an indoor, cool environment! Dodgeball is an option too!
Dallas: 4610 McEwen Rd, Farmers Branch.
McKinney: 448 N. Custer Rd, Ste A, McKinney
Starting at $8 per hour, age 2-5, $10 per hour 5+
$4 for X-treme Zone Access for ages 12+
Open play in their indoor structure, games, creating crafts, playing sports, educational experiments and booktime!
Frisco: 7447 Hillcrest Rd #104, Frisco
For the week: 9am – 12, or 1pm-4pm $150
All day: 9am – 4pm $190
Special Offer for Plano Moms: Sign up before April 30th & get $15 off Camps or Punch Cards (not valid for 1 day drop offs)
School of Rock
1501 Preston Rd, Ste 550, Plano 75093
Spend your Summer learning music – workshops, clinic & private instruction. Learn the nuts and bolts of live performance, studio/band rehearsal, instruction & clinics with music professionals & lots of fun!
Mon-Thurs 9am – 3pm
Friday 9am-12noon, followed by a concert!
$439.20 (regularly $549)
June 5th – Aug 18th
Special Offer for Plano Moms: 20% off if you enroll before April 30th!
Studio 3 Dance
Park West Plaza, 2220 Coit Rd #440, Plano 75075
Dance classes for Age 18 months+ June 6-July 26th
Camp themes include Fairytale, Hip hop/Jazz, Broadway, Alice in Wonderland Ballet, Dance Intensive and Snow Queen Ballet
Half day mix and match Fairytale $35 each; Other camps full week, prices start at $175 per week
Shine Performing Arts Studio
2999 W.15th Street, Plano 75075
Half-day camps – one week
$100 per week (half the price of many drama camps in Plano). There are different camps for kids ages 5-18. Kids learn several scenes from a play/musical and play theater games, learn about improv, public speaking skills, self-confidence, and more.
For ages 8-18, Intensive major productions are performed (High School Musical 2 & Into the Woods). 2-week rehearsals from 9.00-3.00
Tom Muehlenbeck Center, Plano
Art lessons, games, music and more… Great themes like Yummy Art, Great Big Messy, Paws, Claws and Hooves and ArtBlast STEAM Camps!
Sports, Art, Science, Field Trips & more..
Camp Frisco – 5828 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco 75035
Camp All Saints – 7777 Osage Plaza Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75252
Camp Preston Hollow @ORLS – 7611 Park Lane, Dallas 75225
Camp St. Patrick – 9535 Ferndale, Dallas 75238
Camp Kessler – 1215 Turner Ave, Dallas 75208
Main Camp 9-3.30, with early drop/late pick up
2787 Preston Rd, Ste 1190, Frisco 75034
Full-day camps: 2 hour rotations of STEM/Art/Chess/Music (Composing/Private lessons) with Kids’ yoga to enhance concentration
June 19-Aug 18
$625 per 2-week session, 9am-4pm
The Ark Preschool
Resurrection Lutheran Church, Plano 75075
Age 4 months-7 years.
3- or 4-day camps, Art, Games, Science, Literature, Campfire & more, ranging from The Great Outdoors, Trot, Zoom or Choo-Choo, Pirates Ahoy to Do you have a Cow and Let’s Pretend
3 day camps T/W/Th 9am-2pm $110
4 day camps M/T/W/Th 9am-2pm $140
5221 Village Creek Dr, Plano 75093
Age 18 months-4th grade
Full time (7am-6.30) & Part time
Weekly themes include Lego’s, Let’s go to the Beach, Dino’s and More, Steam, When I grow up! Field trips for Elementary age – include Bowling, Roller Skating, Movies, ASI Gym and more.
Call to book 972-250-1406 or visit www.rhmontessori.com/summer-programs-2017/