Spring Break Camps are right around the corner!

Can you believe that Spring Break is only a few weeks away? I cannot wrap my mind around it. I know you’ve all been working so hard this school year and are ready for a break. We are offering lots of camps this spring break “season” and hope you will be able to join us. We say season because between the public, private and charter schools in town, there is a full month of spring break days this year. So we are offering camps for the whole month. If you’re a homeschooler, you can take advantage of any of the day camps we offer. 


We are trying a new camp format for Spring Break this year. Instead of a week-long themed camp for a few hours a day, we are offering a full-day themed camp from 8am to 4 pm each day. Each day’s theme will be based around a movie, with a trip to the park, reading time, free play, and a craft included. Cost is $30 per day. Registration and payment is required to sign up. See the CAMP page on the website for more details, or call the office at (575) 208-6395 to sign up. 

And, That's A Wrap!

What a FUN (and educational) summer we've had! We've gazed at the stars and other celestial beings and traveled to White Sands to enjoy the full moon up close and personal. We have explored our way through Zoology Camp while learning about all the classifications of animals and trekked through the zoo to identify each kind. We've engineered our way through Mean Machines Camp so we could build a Rube Goldberg Machine. We've peeked through our safety goggles at Mad Scientists Camp while decoding secret messages, separating colors with chemicals, and blowing up Diet Coke with Mentos. And we painted, sculpted and splattered our way through Art Appreciation Camp while learning about some famous artists and their unique styles.

Until next year, my smart little campers!
     Miss Kristy

Mad Scientists Camp

I think I'm learning more AND possibly having more fun than my smart little campers. :) What a blast we are having this week! So far, we've talked through paper cup and yarn phones (they really work!), and played with Oobleck (Oh, the fun of a Non-Newtonian Liquid), attempted to decode secret messages using lemon juice and heat but that didn't work (an important lesson in all science experiments), separated the colors in markers with water (seriously cool), discovered that rate IS proportionate to particle size by dissolving antacids, dehydrated cucumbers by using three options of sugar, salt and baking soda, made balloon rockets and paper rockets. All that's left is Explosion Day on Friday! Here's some fun photos of the things we've tried this week.


EDIT: Friday was super fun! We put Mentos in Diet Coke and watched it become a geyser! And the, we made our own ice cream by "testing" the difference between just shaking it in a bag of ice, versus shaking it in a bag of ice and salt. Good times.

Mean Machines 2017

What an exciting week! We learned about the 6 basic simple machines. Simple machines are ones that have one or zero moving parts and help us with work. The six simple machines are:


6 Simple Machines

* inclined plane

* lever

* pulley

* wedge

* screw

* wheels and axle

  • inclined plane
  • lever
  • pulley
  • wedge
  • screw
  • wheels and axle

We watched a fun video series about each of the simple machines, plus a hilarious (and educational) video by Bill Nye the Science Guy, enjoyed some books about each kind of machine, looked for them around the center and at home, had intelligent discussions about how they work, and then each day we opened the Mystery Bag to create an engineering masterpiece using the information we had gathered about machines. The students are so smart! They found new ways to make the projects work every single day. I was so impressed. I am no engineer and I'm not ashamed to say I learned a few things this week as well.
At the end of the week, we put all our knowledge together to build a Rube Goldberg Machine to push a car down a ramp (inclined plane). The children brainstormed together and designed it themselves, and ended up with a machine that used a pulley, and several inclined planes, including books as dominoes, to push the car down the ramp.

Zoology Camp Wrap Up

Mr. T finished the week of Zoology Camp by learning about birds and fish, reptiles and amphibians, and a day spent on invertebrates, even though the kiddos mostly wanted to talk about bugs. On Friday, everyone packed a lunch and headed to the El Paso Zoo. We had a ball, with most of the parents joining us, too. The students enjoyed seeing the animals they'd been studying all week and many others species as well.

Zoology Camp!

Mr. T is attending Zoology Camp at LFAL this week and is already enjoying it. (Slick is not attending camp due to gymnastics practice.) Today's lesson was about mammals. Mr. T learned the 6 things way to generally identify a mammal.

  1. Has a spine
  2. Warm blooded
  3. Has live young
  4. Feeds young with milk from the mother
  5. Has hair/fur
  6. Breathes air and has lungs

He enjoyed a word scramble, play dough time, talking about what he already knew about animals and what he wants to learn this week in camp, reading books about animals and playing the monkey-ring-toss game.
Mr. T and Slick are excitedly looking forward to Friday since Slick will be joining the rest of the class for a trip to the El Paso Zoo. Fun will be had by all.