At Montessori Pathways Summer Camp
, our goal is to provide campers with an opportunity to retain and develop their skills in a relaxed summer atmosphere.
We will combine exciting adventures with creative opportunities for learning. While forming new friendships
, children will have ample time for play, personal growth
and free exploration
. A portion of the day will be allotted for exploration of Montessori materials.
Campers will experience a new theme every week! Each week will include creative art projects, cooking and baking activities, gardening, and active games.
Children will have a lot of fun playing games and bathing in the sun and water in our beautiful, natural playground.
Aside from field trips
in the community, we plan to bring many interesting activities to the school as well.
At Summer Camp 2015, your child will embark upon
- Week 1 (June 1 – June 5): Artful Antics (Create a sculpture from natural materials, gather magazines to cut out pictures and words and make collages that represent you, decorate a rug, plate , or towel with your own pattern. Enjoy your time at Color Me Mine Studio)
- Week 2 (June 8 – June 12): Rainforest Adventures (Play forest sounds (crickets, frogs, birds, drums, etc.) around camp. Play games like Predator and Prey and discuss the relationship of animals in the rainforest. Discuss the importance of camouflage and adaptation of rainforest animals. Find “hidden animals in the forest”. Meet our guest with his favorite reptiles.)
- Week 3 (June 15 – June 19): Around the World in 80 Days (Create areas that represent different countries, then “travel” to a different country or two each day. Prepare and taste a food item or two that are authentic or representative to that country. Participate in “Drums of the World” program with our guests from Hawaii)
- Week 4 (June 22 – June 26): Disney World (Finding Nemo: Make a fish craft. Monsters Inc: Make a monster out of pom-poms. Create your own theme park. What would it look like? What rides or fun station would it have? What would it be called? Have theme meals; spaghetti and meatballs for Lady and the Tramp and Chinese food for Mulan. We will welcome our old friend Tim Glander with his new Magic Show)
- Week 5 (June 29 – July 3): Stars and Stripes (North vs. South Capture the Flag. Hold an election for camp president; create a Camp Declaration of Independence. Participate in a gold rush. Prepare and enjoy American food (hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, etc). Create and enjoy your own hand-made pizza at “Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria in Crystal Lake)
- Week 6 (July 6 – July 10): Desert Oasis (Make pet rocks, hunt for a water bottle as a treasure in a “desert,” make cactus crafts. What do you get when you add an “s” to desert? You get dessert. Let’s make our own ice cream! Learn more about animals in the desert at the Midwest Museum of Natural History)
- Week 7 (July 13 – July 17): Furry Friends (Come and create your own furry friends out of a variety of materials. We will be making fuzzy pillows, stuffed animals and more. We will visit Material Girl, a fabric shop and sewing studio in Crystal Lake)
- Week 8 (July 20 – July 24): Summer Fiesta (Prepare and enjoy some Mexican food: tacos, burritos, quesadilla, chips and salsa. Enjoy some traditional Mariachi music during the meal. Learn to dance Salsa, Macarena and/or the Mexican Hat dance. Use Spanish words to change signs around the camp. Have a piñata celebration. We will visit La Rosita, Mexican grocery store in Crystal Lake)
- Week 9 (July 27 – July 31): Symphony of the Five Senses (Experience the sense of sight and touch with a trust walk or by identifying hidden objects through touch. Identify the smell of different objects while blindfolded. Relax and listen to the amazing sounds that we normally block out: the birds, the wind, squirrels scurrying around. Did you know that not all water tastes the same: Aquafina doesn’t taste like Arrowhead. Try and taste the difference in a blind taste test. Indulge our senses with a lunch and concert at the Gazebo in Crystal Lake Park.)
- Week 10 (August 3 – August 7): Dr. Doolittle’s Darlings (The vet is in! Set up our very own animal hospital using our dolls and toy animals from home as patients. We will make our own pet carriers, ID badges, Dr. Coats, ear scopes, plaster casts and more. Meet your friends at the Petting Zoo from “Zoo to You”)
- Week 11 (August 10 – August 14): All Ball (Play all the traditional ball sports (basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, etc.) but also play sports the campers may not have tried (bocce ball, cricket, broom ball, water polo, etc.) Join us for a trip to Brunswick Zone to play bowling.)
- Week 11 (August 17 – August 21): How Strong is an Ant? (Are there more insects than people on Earth? Can butterflies taste with their feet? Why do crickets chirp? Can all insects fly? Find out the answers to these and other fascinating questions about bugs and insects. Visit our friends at The Butterfly House in Crystal Lake Nature Center.)
Weekly tuition rates and schedule for Summer Camp:
|| 6:45 am - 6:00 pm
| 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
| 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
All schedules include ample time for enrichment experiences with outdoor playtime added.