Summer is always an exciting and enriching program full of indoor and outdoor activities. Summer camp activities are created with the Montessori Method in mind, building on the foundations of love of learning, free choice, independence, mutual respect and hands on learning.
Activities will include arts, crafts, music, dance, tending to the garden, picnics, special guests, splash days and theme-based curriculum involving movement and imagination.
Our summer camp accepts children 12 months and walking (or 15 months) to 8 years of age. Many of our school alumni return during the summer to enjoy the fun-filled activities. Camp is divided into two sessions.
SESSION I: JUNE 6 – JULY 10 (closed July 4)
SESSION II: JULY 11 – AUGUST 10
Registration forms for current students were distributed on April 9. Registration fees and forms are due by April 27. (Registration fees are waived if received by April 16.)
If you are new to MCD and interested in enrolling your child in one or both summer sessions, email us at email@example.com to request a form.
Pizza & Dessert Fridays
Parents may opt to buy a pizza lunch on Friday which will be supplemented with milk, fruit and dessert. Dessert Friday ends each summer camp week with all children two years and up making and eating dessert. The primary children make dessert for the toddlers.
This summer the toddlers (12 months-2 years) will have many exciting themes planned.
The summer program will be held in their familiar classroom and will follow the same predictable schedule as they did during the school year with additional water play during their outdoor time. This will allow consistency in routine that toddlers need to feel comfortable and be open to learning.
The children will engage in a variety of enriching activities designed to expand their vocabulary, strengthen their memory, and sharpen their concentration, as well as foster self-awareness and independence. In addition, weekly themes will include, Rescue Hero’s, Farm Animals, Transportation, Music/Dance, Favorite Stories, Under the Sea, Sensational Senses, Zoo Crew, Art, and Splashdown.
If your child is two years old by the beginning of summer, he/she may be moving up to the 2 & 3 year old classroom this summer if space permits.
2018 SUMMER CAMP THEMES
WEEK 1: SENSATIONAL SENSES!
June 6 – June 8
Our students will experience the wonderful world around them by becoming familiar with their five senses. We will have food tastings, smelling experiments, blindfold games, sound matching and listening games and exploring our sense of touch.
WEEK 2: OOEY GOOEY CONCOCTIONS!
June 11 – June 15
Back by popular demand from last summer, teachers plan on having some new experiments and also include Oobie and Gak that was such a hit last summer. We will explore science while having fun with sticky, gooey, slimy hands-on activities that will keep us laughing all week.
WEEK 3: DREAM OCCUPATIONS!
June 18 – June 22
Some of our children dream of being a firefighter, or a police officer, teacher, astronaut, builder, doctor, lawyer, ballerina, and we will find out more of their dream jobs this week. We will learn about the many jobs people have and why everyone’s job is important. Our teachers will invite our parents to join us for a visit and discuss your chosen profession. We will a have our local fire department bring the fire truck and our local police officers and the canine unit come to MCD to help us understand their important work. Children may wear clothing/costumes that reflect an occupation this week.
WEEK 4: ROCK HOUNDS!
June 25 – June 29
Let’s go rock collecting! While we can find rocks on the playground or anywhere we may travel, collecting is always fun. Along with collecting the children will be washing, sorting, counting, matching and building with rocks. We will make our own stone and also a pet rock. The Asheville Biltmore Gem Mine will visit during the week so our children will have the opportunity to mine for rocks on their traveling mine.
WEEK 5: CREATIVE CHARACTERS!
July 2 – July 6 (Closed July 4)
Each day this week your child may wear a favorite costume or choose a costume from our elaborate dress up centers. We will be improvising plays, stories, songs and art to include our outfits each day. On Friday we will celebrate Independence Day so everyone please wear red, white and blue for our parade!
WEEK 6: UNDER THE SEA!
July 9 – July 13
This week we will explore what is below the ocean’s surface. Through songs, food, books and crafts we will dive deep to learn about sea life, such as sharks, jellyfish, whales, sea turtles and more. From fins to fish and sand our children will have a thrilling journey deep below the sea.
WEEK 7: SPECTACULAR STORIES!
July 16 – July 20
This week we will be hearing stories written by our favorite authors, including our children. We will be reading, listening, making our own books, illustrating our books and performing our stories. The children will be encouraged to bring to school their very favorite book from home to share. This will be pajama week so the children can wear their PJ’s everyday this week.
WEEK 8: TO INFINITY & BEYOND!
July 23 – July 27
Our focus this week will be getting to know our solar system, travel to the moon, and visit other planets. We will build our own spaceships and set off on a journey to each planet, 10, 9, 8, ….Blast off!
WEEK 9: YOGA, DANCE, & GYMNASTICS
July 30 – August 3
How many activities can we fit into a week? We will find out as we wiggle ourselves silly in dance, enhance our flexibility and body awareness in yoga with Ms. Jamie and tumble in the Osega Dream Academy field bus. We will be creative this week integrating storytelling, games, music, and art to enhance our fun movement activities.
WEEK 10: ANIMAL PLANET!
August 6 – August 10
We welcome our children to join the pack and have a wild time exploring the world of animals. The students will learn more about familiar creatures and their life cycles as well as gain knowledge of fascinating animals that are not as familiar to our children. This week we’d like to see students wearing clothing with animals or camouflage.
- June 18-June 22: Parents, Police Officers, Fire Fighters
- June 25-June 29: Asheville Biltmore Gem Mine
- July 30-August 3: Jamie Moshe, MCD’s yoga teacher, Osega Dream Academy
- June 18-22: Occupational outfits/costumes
- July 2-July 6: Costumes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; Red, White & Blue, Friday
- July 16-20: Pajamas
- August 6-10: Clothing with animals or camouflage
We will remind children and parents on the white board in the hallway of our upcoming special guests, special dress and Friday lunches.