Our great summer: Science and reading

Mad Science at the Prairie Commons County Library.

Mad Science at the Prairie Commons County Library.

This summer our kids had more science and library activities than ever before.

In June, Vogt Elementary held a weeklong “Scary Science” camp at the school. Each day there was a scary theme, like making a mummy or eating bugs. The girls were surprisingly thrilled to be eating crickets, insisting that I try one. “They’re good, they’re really good!” they both kept exclaiming.

Yoli also made an effort to take the kids to loads of activities at the Ferguson library and various St. Louis County libraries throughout the summer. First up were “Nitro Joe” at Natural Bridge followed by “Mad Science” at Prairie Commons.

We also spent a lot of time at the St. Louis Science Center. My parents gave us a membership for Christmas, and we got a lot of mileage out of it. We watched movies at the Omnimax theater, explored exhibits, and the girls even attended (another) weeklong science camp.

All the kids were enrolled in both the Ferguson and County summer reading programs. It wasn’t always easy to get them to keep track of their reading, but at the end of the summer, they were happy to reap great prizes like Cardinals tickets, an art set, and a box of K’nex. (Back in my day, all we had was “Book It!” which was good for one personal-size pizza)

Ms. Sarrah was leader for "Scary Science" camp at Vogt with Jadzia and Ludi

Ms. Sarrah was leader for “Scary Science” camp at Vogt with Jadzia and Ludi

Jadzia built a parachute to cradle her egg during the "Scary Science" camp at Vogt Elementary

Jadzia built a parachute to cradle her egg during the “Scary Science” camp at Vogt Elementary

Yoli took the kids to see Circus Harmony perform in the children's area at Ferguson Municipal Library.

Yoli took the kids to see Circus Harmony perform in the children’s area at Ferguson Municipal Library.

Joseph and Josie build creations at Lego club at Prairie Commons.

Joseph and Josie build creations at Lego club at Prairie Commons.

The Nitro Joe presentation at the Natural Bridge County Library.

The Nitro Joe presentation at the Natural Bridge County Library.

Jadzia and Ludi were on Fox 2 News:

About Josh Renaud

I'm the Emperor of the Renaud Empire, which is to say that I'm the husband of a Boliviana and the father of three daughters and one son. When I'm not conquering lands and expanding borders, I'm a newspaper designer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Find me on Twitter (@Kirkman) or Google+.
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