Summer fun and adventure!

When I look back at 4 weeks of summer camp, I am reminded of the children’s excitement, curiosity and contagious smiles filling the classroom. I see the children enjoying many individual and group activities interacting with their friends.

Unlike a typical day in a Montessori classroom, during summer camp the children participated in themed lessons involving art, song, stories and activities both indoor and outdoor. New and repeat lessons were also presented to the children from where they left off at the end of the term.

During the first week of camp, ‘Under the Sea’, the children took a dive into learning about marine life around the world. We read stories and sang songs pertaining to the theme. We learned about sea creatures that live close to the seashore, like starfishes and oysters, and others that live deep in the ocean such as whales and sharks. Many other fun art and water activities were part of the ‘Under the Sea’ adventure as well.

For week 2, the highlight of the week was going on a role-play Safari adventure. The children imagined packing their backpack with binoculars, a hat, a journal and their camera. Then they imagined taking a Safari Jeep to see the animals on an African Safari. It was a fun-filled adventure! In addition, the children created some wildlife art projects including a finger-paint giraffe, tropical birds, and lion.

For the next week of camp, the children explored forests from around the world. We went on a nature walk to collect rocks, leaves and braches. As a gift to their families, the children created personalized photo frames with leaf prints. We also learnt about different animals based on the theme ‘In the Forest’ and sang animal songs.

During the final week of camp, week 4, we celebrated the summer season and its many fun outdoor activities. We made kites, sailboats and flower-petal photo frames. The children enjoyed a picnic style snack at the park including delicious watermelon slices! After the picnic, the children flew their hand-made kites and played with bubbles.

4 weeks of summer camp flew by so quickly. It was busy and an absolute pleasure working with the children every morning. They came ready to explore and excited to be at school. They looked forward to the themed activities, art projects, new lessons and outdoor time.

I noticed the social interactions and conversations between the mixed age group of children. Children felt extremely confident and comfortable in the classroom. This is a key concept in the Montessori philosophy, as young children are very aware of one another. This promotes independence as the children learn to use their own pro-social conflict resolution skills. Children learn to work peacefully and cooperatively with one another. It was wonderful to witness this natural process of developing communication and problem solving skills.

Nicole Swan, my camp assistant played an instrumental role in the success of the summer camp program. The children and I loved having her part of the camp program. Her expertise, kindness and compassion working with the children were truly appreciated. I wish her the best in her next endeavor.

After an inspiring, energizing and restful summer break, I am very excited to work with the new and returning children at North Star Montessori!