Summer Fun (3 – 5 year olds)
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Summer Programs Are Open To All Children Including Those Who Do Not Attend MDS
- Mixes fun and learning the Montessori way
- Offers children order and routine as well as the freedom to choose what they want to do
- A different theme every week
- We’re flexible so projects follow children’s interests
Our Summer Fun program is available by the week. You may choose one week, several weeks or the entire eight weeks; whatever works best for your schedule.
2018 Summer Fun Weekly Themes:
Let’s Build Something (June 25 – 29)
Children love to work with their hands and stretch their creative instincts. Arts and crafts offer so many possibilities. Projects are in the planning stage, but you can bet they will be fun. The children’s imaginations can lead to some very interesting creations.
Exploring the Rainforest (July 2 – 6)
We’ll learn about the four layers of the rainforest and the animals that live there. We’ll do taste tests of tropical fruits and maybe even create mini terrariums. The sky’s the limit!
Oceans Alive (July 9 – 13)
What lives in our oceans? We’ll investigate jelly fish, make sand foam, explore seaweeds and other ocean plants. Experiments with salt water are always intriguing. We’ll create ocean sensory bags – imagine that!
Crafty with Cloth (July 16 – 20)
We’ll use our child safety sewing machine to whip up all sorts of cool things…bean bags, pillows. You name it, we can make it. All materials, cloth, etc. are on the table for sewing creations this week.
How Simple Machines Work (July 23 – 27)
Levers, inclined planes, wedge, pulley, wheel and axle and screw. We’ll investigate all of these simple machines; their history, how they work, how they make our lives easier…and we’ll make our own!
Exploring Science and the Human Body (July 30 – August 3)
Experiments, experiments, experiments…make slime, flubber, play doh…and more. Set off soda spouts… We haven’t quite figured out all the cool things we will do, but you can bet it will be fun!
A “Camping” we will Go! (August 6 – 10)
We will explore our outside environment with a nature scavenger hunt, tell campfire stories and create nature print t-shirts. We will also enjoy a group lunch of beans and hotdogs.
Fun with Food (August 13 – 17)
Let’s cook up something tasty! Children will whisk, measure and mix. We will make salsa from fresh vegetables and herbs. We will also make pancakes, fruit salad and freshly squeezed orange juice for a delicious breakfast.
Summer Fun follows the Montessori approach:
- Materials are displayed on child-sized shelves
- Children are free to move about and choose their own activities
- Younger children learn from watching older children; older children help the younger ones
- Children are encouraged to develop independence while at the same time to become part of a caring community
- Learning to work together and solve problems respectfully is an important part of our program
Children can also use puzzles, blocks and a whole range of everyday living activities such as sewing, pouring and spooning. Although we usually eat lunch inside, sometimes we’ll have a picnic lunch in the shade. We have two playgrounds for outside fun that includes water play.
Our Summer Fun program offers children who will be joining our Montessori classrooms in the fall a chance to get to know us. This usually leads to an easier adjustment to our educational program. Montessori Discovery School staff members lead our Summer Fun program.