April 5, 2023

The Learning Lamp Offering Free Summer Camp Lesson Plans Through Best Day Ever

The Learning Lamp, a Pennsylvania-based program that aims to give children, families, and schools greater options for improving academic achievement, is offering free preschool and school-age summer camp lesson plans to out-of-school time (OST) and summer camp educators.

Part of the Best Day Ever! curriculum, the lesson plans are designed by and for teachers. They offer a turnkey solution for both preschool and school-age summer camp programs, at no cost to Pennsylvania educators.

About Summer Camp Lesson Plans

The Learning Lamp will offer 24 Best Day Ever! units through August 2023. Each themed unit features high-interest topics, engaging hands-on activities, and opportunities for children to practice concepts in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).
Examples of available lessons include:
  • S’mores and More
  • Water World
  • Eager Engineers
  • World Travelers

The Learning Lamp writes and tests all lessons. They are aligned with PA learning standards, and can be adapted to meet the needs and interests of individual students.

Access the Lesson Plans

To access the lesson plans, visit the Learning Lamp’s website and complete the online registration form.

Learn More

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization partially funded the development of Best Day Ever!

For more information about Best Day Ever!, visit the Learning Lamp website.


February 9, 2022

Observing Young Children

Observation is the window into the child’s thinking processes, interests, skills and abilities. Join The Learning Lamp for an upcoming professional development session, “Observing Young Children” on February 16.

Participants will use video clips to practice observation skills and explore how recording our observations of young children can inform program decisions, assessments, and more.

Registration for this event is available on The Learning Lamp website. This session is open to PennAEYC or PennAEYC Shared Services members. Space is limited and registration is required.