Participants learn what it means to be royalty
Dresses and castles, crowns and tea parties.
Kindergarten and first grade girls had a chance to walk in the shoes of royalty at the Princess Camp of the Summer Inspiration Program. According to Kathy Smith, Putnam’s Accountability Specialist, this camp is one of the most popular ones.
“The girls really love it. They all like princesses and they learn how to be a princess,” said camp leader Becki Norrod.
Camp Assistant Jessica Griffin said she loved participating in the camp as well.
“I like how the kids play together, learn better manners,” she said. “It’s great.”
The children who participated thoroughly enjoyed the camp, providing opportunities for them to learn about different princesses.
“It’s super fun. We get to dress up,” said Madeline Pope, a kindergarten student. First grader Chloe Bonner said that in this camp she learned about princesses. Another firstgrader Sherlyn Leyva-Morales added that she liked sharing toys and snacks.
The girls got to learn about real life and Disney princesses alike, ranging from the United Kingdom’s Princess Diana to Tiana from Disney film “The Princess and the Frog.”
“We did Belle from the Beauty and the Beast, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Norrod said. “We also did Cinderella, Pocahontas and Jasmine from ‘Aladdin.’”
When it goes to reallife princesses, the girls learned about other princesses and Royal Family members such as Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly. They also watched the slideshow with pictures of various real-life princesses and what they did.
The camp wasn’t limited to introducing girls to fictional and real-life princesses. The girls also learned table manners and etiquette.
“They learned the plates and the silverware – how it’s supposed to go and what they are supposed to do,” said Norrod, noting that they mostly practiced their newly acquired skills at big tea parties.
Another thing was making a craft item for each princess the girls learned about. They did the sleep masks for the Sleeping Beauty, which they decorated and took home to use. They made a rose for Belle and a glass slipper for Cinderella. Learning about Ariel, they made a mermaid out of paper bags. One week the girls had make up done and their nails painted.
To improve their writing skills, each girl had to write a sentence about a princess she had learned about or about her favorite princess. Girls whose writing skills weren’t good enough yet drew the pictures.
Most of the girls brought their own princess dresses from home, but if they didn’t, the camp provided clothes for them if they wanted, although wearing a princess dress wasn’t a must.
This was the second year Norrod did this camp with other teachers from the same school. “I’ve always loved [princesses] growing up, so we decided to use it and do the Disney princesses and the real-life princesses as a camp.”