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.
2019 Summer Fun Weekly Themes:
Week 1 How Simple Machines Work (June 24 – 28)
Levers, inclined planes, wedges, pulleys, wheels, axle and screw. We’ll investigate all these simple machines and find out how they work and how they make our lives easier. We’ll learn how to think like engineers by making our own simple machines!
Week 2 America the Beautiful (July 1 – 3, (A 3 day week)
We will celebrate the wonderful traditions of America’s peoples. We’ll have a special parade around our school. As we celebrate our nation’s birthday we’ll learn about our country from sea to shining sea and try out lots of art projects. We’ll also explore the wonderful diversity of America’s land and people.
Week 3 A “Camping” we will Go (July 8 – 12)
We’ll explore our outside environment with a nature scavenger hunt, tell campfire stories and create nature prints. Our art projects will relate to the camping experience. We’ll set up our own tent and investigate other camping gear. We will delve into reading with some special flashlight books. We’ll even cook up our favorite camp foods.
Week 4 Explore Lakes, Ponds, Wetlands and the Ocean (July 15 – 19)
We see animals around us every day. But what lurks beneath the water’s surface? This week we will take a special look at the water that surrounds us in ponds, lakes, wetlands and oceans. We’ll explore what underwater animals need to live. We’ll welcome a special visit from Mystic Aquarium folks to get up close and personal with a few underwater denizens.
Week 5 A World of Music (July 22 – 26)
We’ll explore music and movement from all over the world as well as indoor and outdoor sounds in our own backyard. After making their own instruments, the children will use them to play their own music and create their own dances. We’ll focus on our sense of sound by playing group sound games during this fun filled week!
Week 6 Let’s Build (July 29 – August 2)
We will think like engineers and construct models of famous buildings, homes and bridges from around the world. We will incorporate art, experiments, group games and engineering into our days. This will be an exciting, inquiry based week!
Week 7 Inspiring Artists (August 5 – 9)
The children’s imaginations lead the way as they find their inner artist. We will explore five different artists and their styles. We will use paint, pastels, clay and our artistic eyes to create our own masterpieces. This week will be filled with all sorts of art projects!
Week 8 Kicking up our Heels with Llamas and Horses (August 12 – 16)
The children will spend the week investigating llamas and horses. Where did they come from, how are they the same, how are they different? How are they a help to humans? How do we care for them? We’ll incorporate music and movement, visits to our llamas and we’ll get up close and personal with all the tack you need to ride a horse.
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.