Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. We hope that you have included Montessori Country Day in your plans for summer 2021. 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 foundation of self-directed curiosity, developed in the traditional Montessori classroom. Activities will include water play, tending to the garden, music, art, dance, picnics, and theme-based curriculum involving movement and imagination.
TODDLERS This summer the toddlers will have many exciting themes planned. Each week we will be exploring a different nature theme with related language and art activities. 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.
If your child is two years old by the beginning of summer, he/she may be moving up to the preprimary classroom this summer if space permits.
Dessert Friday caps each summer camp week with all children in the pre-primary and primary classrooms making dessert. The toddlers will also enjoy a special treat on Friday. Parents may also opt to buy a pizza lunch on Friday which will be supplemented with a side of fruit and milk or lemonade.
SUMMER CAMP THEMES
WEEK 1: UNDER THE SEA! JUNE 4-JUNE 11
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. From fish and sand our children will have a thrilling journey deep below the sea.
WEEK 2: DINOSAUR DIG! JUNE 14-JUNE 18
We will be going back in time to an era of big lizards. The children will go on a dinosaur dig and learn about dinosaurs that were in our own backyards here in America. The fun continues while they make their own fossils and learn about
WEEK 3: WORLD TRAVELERS JUNE 21-JUNE 25
We will be traveling around our beautiful world so pack your bags and bring your passport. We will be learning about cultures through art, games, food, and music.
WEEK 4: GOOD OL’ USA JUNE 28-JULY 2
We will be celebrating this amazing country of ours! This week will be filled with the pride of red, white, and blue. We will explore our country by working on craft projects, and making foods like homemade ice cream and lemonade. We will sing patriotic songs and end the week with a flag waving parade.
WEEK 5: LET’S GO CAMPING JULY 6-JULY 9 HOLIDAY JULY 5th
Our focus this week will be nature along with singing campfire songs, and making and eating yummy treats. If children have sleeping bags, we’d appreciate parents sending them to school for naptime around our MCD campfire.
WEEK 6: ART APPRECIATION JULY 12-JULY 16
The children will be experimenting with all types of art mediums. We will be finger painting, dot painting, using watercolors, and easel and outdoor painting. The children will also be using clay and making collages. We plan on learning about artists plus making our own masterpieces.
WEEK 7: ANIMAL PLANET JULY 19-JULY 23
We welcome our children to join the pack and have a wild time exploring the world of animals. The children 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 would like to see our children wearing clothing with animals or camouflage.
WEEK 8: INFINITY & BEYOND JULY 26-JULY 30
We will be exploring our solar system this week by traveling to other planets and the moon. 10, 9, 8, 7, ….blast off!
WEEK 9: SPECTACULAR STORIES AUGUST 2-AUGUST 6
Hearing stories written by favorite authors, including our children. We will be reading, listening, illustrating, and making our own books. 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 every day this week. Summer camp program is slightly less structured with an emphasis on learning and having fun throughout the summer.
SESSION I: JUNE 4-JULY 6
JULY 5TH SCHOOL CLOSED
SESSION 11: JULY 7-AUGUST 6