Update! MTRCamp and some new house pictures!

One of the kids' favorite characters in camp is the "FitNut"

The Fit Nut – a crowd favorite at camp.

We’re off and running with MTRCamp!  I previewed this in our last post, but MTRCamp is an academic enrichment camp being held at Cornerstone Prep and put on by The Memphis Teacher Residency.  23 college/high school staff from all over the country have moved into the neighborhood for the summer with the goal of helping students grow in their love for learning and generally just have an awesome last month of summer.  My role specifically is managing all aspects of the character education and entertainment (DJ’ing).

Students rotate through Math, Reading and Character classes each day - the goal is for students to grow one grade level in math and reading by the end of camp.

Students rotate through Math, Reading and Character classes each day – the goal is for students to grow one grade level in math and reading by the end of camp.

What has been incredible to watch at camp is the college and high school students (who had one week of training) teaching difficult concepts in a fun way.  This sounds like a simple thing to do, but it is incredible difficult to keep a room of 6 year olds engaged for 40 minutes of math…in the summer.  Not only are our students having fun, but they’re learning AND retaining a lot of information!  Our character material was adapted from curriculum called “Integrity Time.”  We’re not teaching “Christian lessons” each day, but we are teaching truths rooted in Biblical principles that we hope are catching on in our kiddos.  It has been fun talking with parents this week, hearing them rave about how much fun their kids are having as well as what they’re learning.

After lunch each day students rotate through 3 stations of recreation - today's cafeteria rotation was parachute!

After lunch each day students rotate through 3 stations of recreation – today’s cafeteria rotation was parachute!

Another awesome facet of the program is the rec time each afternoon developed by Cornerstone’s PE Teacher, Coach T.  It’s fitness-oriented, so every afternoon kids are getting 2 hours of exercise, but having lots of fun doing it.  They do everything from circuit training to basketball to Tae-Kwon-Do.  It’s great.

Flooring is done at the house, appliances set to be moved in soon and we will be moving in next Friday!

Flooring is done at the house, appliances set to be moved in soon and we will be moving in next Friday!

Here’s a picture of the finished flooring in the kitchen of the house! We could not be more excited about the move.  The house has seemingly “all of the sudden” come together.  More than anything else, I cannot speak highly enough of the craftsmanship of the house.  Chris and his crew have blown us away.

The crew has been killing it at the house - here's a shot from the kitchen when flooring was going in.

The crew has been killing it at the house – here’s a shot from the kitchen when flooring was going in.

The house is 9 days away from being done!

The house is 9 days away from being done!