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Camp Mom

A summer's worth of fun for kids

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When my son was 14, instead of sending him to summer camp, I had a couple of his self-contained special-education classmates come to our house every day for crafts, science, academic work, play, and fun. Throw in some field trips, a bowling league, and free movies, and we had something I like to call Camp Mom. Use this list to follow the day-by-day blog entries that chronicled our activities, and consider it a template for organizing your own summer fun. For more help, refer to my step-by-step instructions.

Skip to Days 21-40 or Days 41-45.

Day 1

Photo by Terri Mauro
This first day was mostly a planning day for the moms and a fun day for the kids. What we did:
  • Played a board game
  • Watched a DVD
  • Played outside
  • Went for a walk
  • Baked cookies

Day 2

Photo by Terri Mauro
Tuesday is bowling league day. What we did:
  • Bowled two games
  • Did summer homework
  • Mixed baking soda and vinegar
  • Wrote in journals about the science experiment

Day 3

Photo by Terri Mauro
Wednesday is movie day, and a half-day for our camp this week because a couple of our campers had afternoon appointments. We saw "Happy Feet" at our local AMC theater in a free 10 a.m. showing for kids. The snacks were cheap, too, if you don't count the stress of watching the slowest-moving snack-bar worker in the world.

Day 4

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Thursday is field trip day. What we did:
  • Went to an Environment Center
  • Took a long walk through the marshes
  • Played in a museum
  • Wrote about it in journals
  • Did homework
  • Made crayons

Day 5

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This Friday was messy craft day. What we did:
  • Started a papier mâché project
  • Did homework
  • Made pigs in blankets for lunch
  • Wrote in journals

Day 6

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Our second Monday was Play Outside day, just because the weather was so nice. What we did:
  • Took a walk around the neighborhood
  • Continued a papier mâché project
  • Did homework
  • Played outside with a big red therapy ball and cardboard blocks

Day 7

Photo by Terri Mauro
Tuesday is bowling league day. What we did:
  • Bowled two games
  • Took a walk around the neighborhood
  • Finished papier mâché project
  • Did homework
  • Wrote in journals

Day 8

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Today was the Fourth of July, and a day off from Camp Mom. My son had fun with a different group of friends, and got some positive attention from the grown-ups. How was your Fourth? Click the link below and take a poll.

Day 9

Photo by Terri Mauro
Thursday is field trip day. What we did:
  • Played 18 holes of miniature golf
  • Played a "speech bingo" game
  • Made pictures out of popcorn
  • Did homework
  • Wrote in journals

Day 10

Photo by Terri Mauro
Fridays will now be known as make-a-pizza days. What we did:
  • Played video games
  • Made English muffin pizzas
  • Watched the movie Home Alone
  • Wrote in journals
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