The GoPro Hero from Verizon is Perfect for Our Family
The back to school countdown is on and boy has it been quite the summer. The time has flown by and already we are back to school shopping! Our family was able to experience a lot of fun and experiences this summer that have helped to make lasting childhood memories. Since summer always passes so quickly I was thrilled when Verizon reached out to me with an opportunity to check out the GoPro Hero 4 Session camera and see if it fit it could help us capture some family fun in exchange for an honest review!
When I was a kid I can remember our parents recording events and experiences. In today’s society we all have cell phones, which mean the majority of our pictures and videos are now done on these devices. However I have found that my video quality on my cell phone does not always translate well to a larger screen and my family camera is large and can be cumbersome to always have with us. This is why a GoPro is a great middle ground solution.
When the GoPro Hero 4 Session arrived, we were eager to check it out. The camera is a cube-shaped waterproof camera that is half the size of and 40% lighter than the other Hero4 cameras and only requires one button use. This can be a little confusing at first. The directions that came with the camera while simple did not fully explain the amazing capabilities the camera actually has however moms have a great ability to quickly cut to the heart of the matter and I was able to get the basics figured out. Luckily for me towards the end of our demo, I was also able to chat with David from Verizon who emailed me the online manual and helped me figure out how to try out some other features, some of which I can’t wait to try out on our upcoming trip.
We took the light weight and durable GoPro a few places to experiment on Cape Cod including the hiking, our neighborhood, and even the beach. Did I mention this camera is waterproof up to 33 feet without an additional enclosure? This makes the camera so much more useful. We brought it to the beach with us one day and I loved being able to just set it up and then hang out with the kids while they explored. This way I was able to relax and actually spend time with them while also capturing the smiles and laughter that comes from exploring new things and just having fun with family.
Just in time for back to school, we reached a major milestone as the Tiny One has learned to ride a two wheeler. He decided it was time to take the training wheels off, he hopped on and off he went. This was a great opportunity to check out the GoPro video capabilities. It was easily affixed to the top of his bike helmet and gave us an amazing view of the world as seen through the eyes of a child. When I viewed the video, I couldn’t help but laugh as he narrated his fast cruise around our neighborhood. I was also overwhelmed by how it made me feel knowing I had captured a snippet of such an important milestone in life.
Since we had affixed it already to our bike helmet we decided to go on a local nature hike with it. This was quite entertaining as the Tiny One was narrating his every move plus we were able to capture fun treasures we found along our way. This will also be a perfect way to capture that first day back at school as we swing from our favorite tree while waiting for our bus. The GoPro Hero 4 Session also comes with an app for your phone so you can edit, share and even more right from your phone! Some other great apps: Some great Family and/or Back To School apps to check out are Family Locator, Brainscape, Todoist, and Google Goals. Plus Verizon also has a Back to School deals page where you can save some money!
As a parent, video mode is my absolute favorite aspect to the GoPro. I love the ease in which I can easily place or affix the Session on and just stand back and let it record moments. The waterproof GoPro’s are super versatile and fit in seamlessly with a busy family lifestyle. I am grateful that there is new technology today that helps us get out from behind the camera and experience life with our families while still capturing all those moments that I will forever look back on and treasure. I am also super thankful to Verizon for allowing me to try out one of these cameras; it has been an amazing opportunity. Verizon has also graciously allowed me to check out the camera again when I travel next month and have an opportunity to snorkel one of the top beaches in the world: Grand Anse Beach. (Update: Check out our review from Grenada here!) This year, a GoPro is definitely at the top of this mommy’s Christmas Wish List!
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Liquid Planet has a water park, a zip line (which goes over a lake), and a mini golf course. We set up camp near the Fountain of Youth which consisted of around 5,000 square feet of interactive water toys for the kids to experiment with. There was a fun seesaw that sprayed water, a rock climbing tunnel , slides, water blasters and more!
This week we met some friends at the Children’s Museum in Easton. It was a bit of a drive for us from Plymouth, but well worth it for a few hours of fun!
The Children’s Museum in Easton is housed in an old firehouse, which means the inside and outside have some pretty cool features! Inside the museum there are three floors full of kid-friendly activities, including a Fire Pole the kids can climb up! Outside there is a fenced in picnic area with sculptures and other interesting things to explore. One of my favorite things about this museum is that most of their activities really promote being creative, exploring and using language!
· Spend some time in the various pretend play areas: rocket ship, train, stage with dress up clothes, kitchen area, fire truck, dinosaur room, doctors office. These pretend play situations can open your child up to a variety of vocabulary that may be new to him/her. Model language for your child and then allow him/her to take the lead and you can expand on whatever language/pretend play scripts he/she creates!
· Check out the rolling ball mazes. These mazes allow the child to drop a ball at the top and watch it make its way to the bottom. The ball maze on the bottom floor has pieces that can be moved so your child can explore different pathways. This activity opens the door for a variety of language about location, size and problem solving.
· Make new friends! A museum full of other children and parents is a great place to make new friends. Encourage your child’s social/pragmatic language skills by encouraging him/her to introduce him/herself to a new friend and engage in play with him/her.
If the Children’s Museum in Easton is too far of a drive, check out the Cape Cod
Children’s Museum, located in Mashpee. Although we didn’t go to the Cape Cod Children’s Museum this time, we have been there before and love exploring all of the various areas it has to offer!
I hope you take advantage of one of these great Children’s Museum and enjoy the rest of your summer, while also building speech/language skills!
For more information about the Children’s Museum in Easton, visit:
For more information about the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, visit: http://capecodchildrensmuseum.org/
To schedule a screening or assessment please contact Golden Speech Therapy today. www.goldenspeechtherapy.com
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Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
If so, then we've got a camp for that! KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Summer Boot Camp
Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is partnering with KIDS FIRST! this summer to offer a new educational opportunity for island youth
If you have a 10 to 15-year-old in your life who loves films and dreams of being on the red carpet, KIDS FIRST! has the perfect opportunity. Your tween can participate in the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp this summer in Martha’s Vineyard at Martha’s Vineyard Film Center for an experience they will never forget.
Give your child the opportunity to build self confidence and learn more about behind-the-scenes aspects of the film industry as they critique the latest films, learn to write reviews, practice interview techniques, improve on-camera skills, visit with industry professionals, and are coached by seasoned professionals. All campers will have the opportunity to join the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic team of reporters.
Richard Paradise, Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center comments, “We are thrilled to partner with KIDS FIRST!, a nationally known educational non-profit, in bringing this opportunity to the youth on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.”
The week-long boot camp on Martha’s Vineyard camp will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Locations and dates include: August 11 to Aug. 15, 2014 – Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, (79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568)
For more information and to register, go to http://www.kidsfirst.org/become-a-juror/2014.BootCamp.html Please act soon, because space is limited to 12 students. Tuition: $459. There are a limited number of scholarships available to island residents – please contact Richard Paradise for scholarship opportunities.
For more information go to: http://mvfilmsociety.com/educational-programs-2/
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Santa Fe, NM 87501
We have had some beautiful weather so far this summer and my daughter and I have been enjoying every minute of it! One of our favorite things to do at the end of a long beach day is to collect some rocks on the beach.
We look for rocks of all different sizes, shapes and colors. Once we have collected our rocks we take them home and sort through them. This is such a great opportunity to use a lot of different describing words!
· Talk about the size, shape and color of the rocks
· Talk about how the rocks feel (smooth, bumpy, sharp, etc…)
· Pick two rocks and compare them (which rock is bigger? Which rock is smoother?)
· Sort the rocks into piles based on their different characteristics
· Count the rocks (how many big rocks? How many red rocks?, etc…)
If your child is working on producing specific speech sounds correctly, consider taking a marker and writing the sound/words on the back of the rocks. As he picks a rock to describe he can also practice the sound/word written on the back!
I love this activity because it’s a great way to end the day at the beach and get in some speech/language work too!
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