SUMMER PROGRAM

 

"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination."

- Dr. Maria Montessori

 

 

A summer program is also offered for enrolled primary and elementary students their siblings, alumni, rising primary students and children from other Montessori schools.  Each session revolves around a theme.  Concepts are explored through daily science experiments, art projects, cooking and outdoor activities.  An extensive variety of activities will span the weeks of the program.  The daily routines and work time of the school year will continue and the children will have the opportunity to receive lessons and progress through the classroom materials.

Our summer program features a wide range of flexible scheduling options to suit each family's unique needs, including:  

  • The choice of number of weeks to attend, from one to eight
  • Half day program (9 am to 12:30 pm) or full day (9 am to 5:30 pm) options
  • Before care beginning at 7:45 am available each day

We strive to inspire, challenge and excite students as they explore their talents, develop new friendships, or simply adjust to a new classroom.  Our camps include something for everybody!

This summer, our Primary budding botantists will enjoy discovering the symbiotic relationship between plants, animals and the earth.  We will incorporate math, science, and art concepts as we explore seeds, plants and the animals that depend upon them. Each Friday we will have water play and cook lunch using foods from both our own garden and other local gardens.  At the end of our eight week program we will have a special field trip for everyone.  Join us for one or all eight weeks!  June 16-August 15.  There is no camp the week of June 30th.

 

Elementary students can participate in one or all of the following sessions:

  • Mathlympics with Isaac from July 7 - 11.  We will be exploring math concepts ranging from number patterns and estimation to geometry and the metric system. Throughout the week students will focus on core concepts and nomenclature leading up to a fun filled Mathlympic competition on Friday. 

  • Motion, Microorganisms, and Chimpanzees! with Isaac from  July 14 - 18.  We will focus on famous scientists and their contributions to our world. Students will learn about Louis Pasteur, Isaac Newton and Jane Goodall. To better understand their contributions and discoveries, we will explore these scientists through stories, hands on experiments and a field trip to the James River. 

  • From Garden Plot to Tabletop with Natasha from July 21 - August 1.  We will explore the process of farming and food production.  By growing, harvesting and cooking the food that we grow in our own school gardens and drawing upon our  language, math and science skills to research and prepare basic recipes, we will be learning important agricultural and culinary concepts.  We will spend each day from 9 until 12:30 in both our indoor and outdoor classrooms using ingredients that we harvest from our WEMS vegetable gardens to create fresh meals and snacks. Students will also have the opportunity to learn how to cook items that they can recreate at home.   We will explore basic botany lessons such as the parts of the plant, fruit, flower, and seed dissections. We will also learn about measurement and how to properly measure liquids and solids in cooking. Students will create their own recipe books as well as herb jars to take home.  Students will have the opportunity to visit a Farmerís Market and a working farm to learn about the economics and strategies of food production. Please send lunch with your child Monday through Thursday.  Students will prepare their own daily snack, and cook and share lunch on Fridays.  Join us for one or both weeks.  

  • First Bytes with Wray Mills from Augst 4-15. Students will learn about the history of computing and computer science from Knapier's bones to vacuum tubes to the modern microprocessor. From Baggage to Hopper to Jobs, they will review the evolving machines and the people behind them. Students will be introduced to the building blocks of modern computers: the binary number system, logic gates, and boolean logic. We will learn about computer programming, "coding", and explore the basic concepts while learning different "languages". Finally, they will be able to apply their knowledge by creating a working device which will require thinking about design for usage (design of tests), assembly, programming, and testing.   It is recommended that students attend both weeks.  $25 additional materials fee applies.

2014 Dates 

*Week 1:  June 16-20
*Week 2:  June 23-27
 Week 3:  July 7-11
 Week 4:  July 14-18

 Week 5:  July 21-25

 Week 6:  July 28-August 1

 Week 7:  August 4-8

 Week 8:  August 11-15
 

*Primary in Session Only

  Please note:  Only the weeks and times that have adequate enrollment will run.

  5% Early Bird Discount for paid registrations received by April 1.

  Students attending all primary or all elementary weeks receive a 10% discount.