Blog: Bright Ideas

Your Guide to Academic (and Fun!) 2018 SF Bay Area Summer Camps

Have you heard of summer brain drain? It’s a very real phenomenon whereby, in the summer months when they are less active, kids lose many of the skills and strategies they worked so hard to develop during the school year. And this doesn’t just apply to academics; kids can lose motor skills and other learned skills as well, such as musical or sports capabilities.

But according to experts, simply


Preschool Summer Camp: What Parents Can Expect for Their Kid

Preschool kids are both wonderful and filled with wonder. They greet the world with inquisitive attitudes, wide eyes and welcoming smiles. As enthusiastic learners, curiosity leads kids of this age to explore their surroundings. Like budding scientists, they observe the world with their senses. They boast a sense of pride and accomplishment when they do something new. “I can do it myself,” is


Setting Family Resolutions - it’s not too late

Dear families,

Welcome to 2018! Last week we reminded you that one of the Innovator’s Mindset elements is being REFLECTIVE. Innovators think about what is and isn’t working in their design, consider how their work impacts others, and seek feedback that helps them improve their design.

No doubt the end of 2017 and start of 2018 have caused you to reflect on your year, and perhaps you’ve thought


A Year in Reflection

Dear Families,

At Galileo, we believe that innovators are visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined and reflective. Together, these traits encompass what we call the Innovator’s Mindset, and everything we do is designed to nurture it within our campers.

The end of the year is a perfect time to “Be Reflective.” For us, this means thinking about all the ways our programs are impacting


DIY: Hot Glue Glitter Ornaments

Hot glue ornaments are easy for kids to make, and not nearly as dangerous as it may sound. They'll adorn your tree with homemade love, or if you don't do a tree, they can be hung in a window. The best news is that they take very few supplies, and are fast to complete.

The supplies are simple: wax paper, a little dishwashing detergent, hot glue and a glue gun, and glitter. We used newspaper under


Outdoor Summer Camps v. Educational Summer Camps: The Best Day Camps Offer Both

Summer camp is as American as apple pie, part of our collective culture. And though conventional wisdom tells us summer vacation began as an agricultural necessity, it has become a tradition, part of our national rhythm. But as much as kids look forward to the summertime school recess, it can present some problems for families. Working parents are challenged to find safe, supervised activities


Creativity-Boosting Gifts You Can Give Your Kids: Creating Together

This post is the fifth and final in a series of creativity-boosting gifts you can give to the kids in your life. For previous gift ideas, check out thoughts on unstructured play, space to create, unwrappable presents, and the innovator’s bookshelf.

 

Gift #5 - Creating Together

What’s more fun than watching your kid’s imagination go wild? Letting yours go wild with them! Finding projects that


Creativity-Boosting Gifts You Can Give Your Kids: Books

This post is the fourth in a series of creativity-boosting gifts you can give to the kids in your life. For more gift ideas, check out thoughts on unstructured play, space to create, unwrappable presents, and opportunities to create together.

 

Gift #4 - Books

We all know that books are gateways to the imagination. Whether you are setting up a reading space, searching for books to read


Creativity-Boosting Gifts You Can Give Your Kids: Unwrappables

This post is the third in a series of creativity-boosting gifts you can give to the kids in your life. For more gift ideas, check out thoughts on unstructured playspace to create, innovative books, and opportunities to create together.

 

Gift #3 - The Unwrappables  

The holidays come with many opportunities for gift giving, and kids often receive toys that are soon forgotten. Giving your


Creativity-Boosting Gifts You Can Give Your Kids: Space to Create

This post is the second in a series of creativity-boosting gifts you can give to the kids in your life. For more gift ideas, check out thoughts on unstructured play, unwrappable presents, innovative books, and opportunities to create together.

 

Gift #2 - Creative Space

Kids need physical space to be creative. Dedicating a space just for them lets them know that you value their creativity