|The Children's House Summer Program is an educational and recreational program
that runs for two consecutive sessions. It includes
exploration of the Montessori environment and materials
in the classroom, with both indoor and outdoor activities
revolving around nature themes. During previous summers
in the 3-6 year old classroom, teachers and students
have spent time discovering "fascinating facts" about
butterflies, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds and
bats, and New England sea life. We have been visited
by special guests who share their knowledge about these
topics and will enjoy projects, activities and special
events to learn more about all of these creatures. Some
thematic activities have included growing and caring
for a butterfly garden, hatching butterflies, making
bug and bird houses and ant farms, creating habitats
for toads and tadpoles, witnessing the life cycle of
frogs and trips to local nature spots.
We also use the summer as an opportunity to incorporate more music and art into our program. In past years we have learned about different artists and composers, and about how they created their unique work. We have learned about and experimented with art in the styles of Jackson Pollack, Diego Rivera, Monet, Celia Thaxter, Mary Cassatt, Van Gogh and others. We look forward to visits from local artists who help us explore the different art mediums - paint, paper, clay and fabric. Our creative juices really start to flow!
With the warm and sunny weather of summer, we try
to enjoy the outdoors and our playground as much as
possible, often planning a snack or picnic lunch outside.
The children take pride and joy in caring for our
berry bushes and flower and vegetable gardens. Other
outdoor activities include water play in small swimming
pools, bubble making, craft activities, sand castle
building, and games - and of course, playing in our
Children's House Castle!
The older children occasionally are taken on field trips. Past seasons' excursions have included trips to Fuller Rose Gardens, Odiorne Point Seacoast Science Center, Urban Forestry Center, Great Bay Estuary, the Rye Public Library, New Castle Commons, and local farms for berry picking.
The staff of the The Children's House are all looking forward to the joys of summer sunshine and adventure - and to spending days of fun, exploration, and learning with your children.
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