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.
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. You can choose to attend one or both of the sessions.
The children enjoy water play, tending the garden, riding bikes, music, art, dance, picnics, and special guests. We typically invite firefighters, police officers, kindergarten teachers, dance and gym instructors to add to our summer fun.
Teachers choose fun and interesting themes each week to aid the children’s development. You can see examples from 2017 Summer Camp below.
Dessert Friday caps each summer camp week with all Primary and Pre-Primary students making dessert. The Primary students also make dessert for the Toddlers. Parents may opt to buy a pizza lunch on Friday, which will be supplemented with a side of fruit and chocolate milk or lemonade.
Registration forms for Summer Camp are distributed to current students in spring.
If you’re not a current student, email us at email@example.com to request a form.
2017 SUMMER CAMP THEMES
WEEK 1: HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
Our garden will be given some extra TLC as we add some new plants. Each camper will plant a mystery seed to take home and be surprised to discover what it becomes. We hope to have an abundance of produce for the children to enjoy while at school plus share with families to take home throughout the summer.
WEEK 2: KIDS KITCHEN!
We will be putting on our chef’s aprons! This week campers will be cooking and tasting. The children will learn about kitchen safety, math, cooking, and manners. Montessori Country Day Cook Books will be coming home at the end of the week.
WEEK 3: WOODLAND ANIMALS IN OUR OWN BACKYARDS!
We will be exploring animals living in our own backyards and all around North Carolina. We will discover how to be safe around wild animals and how we can protect them by keeping them in their natural habitats. We will learn about nocturnal animals and hibernation with art, songs and play.
WEEK 4: SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS!
A look into the world of science and how much fun it can be! Summer is a wonderful time to explore science outdoors with our children. We will mix scientific potions, check our results and draw conclusions.
WEEK 5: GOOD OLD USA!
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, making foods like apple pie and lemonade. We will be singing patriotic songs and end the week with a flag waving parade.
WEEK 6: LET’S GO CAMPING!
Our focus this week will be nature along with singing campfire songs and making and eating yummy treats. If children have sleeping bags, you can send them to school for naptime around our MCD campfire.
WEEK 7: WORLD TRAVELERS!
We will be traveling around the world learning about cultures through arts, games, food and music.
WEEK 8: DINOSAUR DIG!
We will be going back in time to an era of big lizards. The children will go on a dinosaur dig where they will learn about dinosaurs that were in our own backyards here in America.
The fun continues while they make their own fossils and learn about prehistoric animals.
WEEK 9: OOEY GOOEY CONCOCTIONS
Have you ever tried transferring Oobie from bucket to bucket, or even grab a handful of Gak and keep it in your hands? Make your own play dough?
We will be attempting these and other impossible tasks with lots of different squishy, squashy mixtures. Everyone will take home a recipe book filled with these special recipes at the end of the week.
WEEK 10: LET THE MUSIC MOVE YOU!
We will be singing and dancing this week even more than usual. We will be making our own instruments and the MCD Summer Camp Band will perform as the teachers make a video for parents to enjoy.