Preschool and Kindergarten
By Barbara Barnes
Summer at North Star Montessori is a magical place where kids can have many adventures learning indoors and out. Our hands-on activities we do in our Summer Fun Classes take on a whole new level of fun in the sun. Painting and creating crafts in the fresh air inspires our young artists as we create under the shade of our favorite trees. We incorporate wonderful stories, music, movement, art and of course outside play in each one of our 3 day themed Summer Fun Classes. Whether it is learning the names of our colors in Spanish using teamwork and our big parachute, or painting Oceans of underwater life with our water colors at the picnic tables, or digging for dinosaur bones until we build a T-Rex, kids thrive learning by doing. We love eating our lunches outside and then hopping down to run through the grass, past our oversized sandbox, carefully traversing a log to a large rock under the shade of several Oak trees. There we can pretend we are king of that rock, or that is is our campsite, or better yet our stage to sing our song to the world. Wherever our imaginations take us we know we will have lots of fun just being kids with our friends.
Play is the child’s Natural Door to Learning
Summer Fun Classes Offered Tuesday, Wed. & Thursday 9:30-12
When asked,” What did you learn today?”, most young children say,” I just played or I don’t know”. However, kids are learning all the time they just don’t realize it. Children might be excited to show you the acorn they found under a tree or the caterpillar they found on a leaf in the butterfly garden or some facts about dinosaur bones that they talked about on a dino dig. However, they will not necessarily tell you how they learned to be a good friend by listening and taking turns while excavating bones, or how they learned to enjoy and respect nature and living things by observing caterpillars in the butterfly garden as they rest on the fennel leaves munching away getting fat for their cocoons. How they noticed the tiniest little things and made estimations like biggest and smallest, longest and shortest, or felt smooth and bumpy, and counted 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9... proclaiming I have 10 or he has less or we need more when gathering and collecting things like acorns, twigs, stones and other objects in nature.
If you are looking for summer fun full of hands-on experiences indoors and out visit our full listing of Summer Fun Classes on our Summer Program page. When you are ready to enroll give us a call and we would be happy to tell you all about them and get your child signed up. We are also open all summer for summer care Monday - Friday 7am -5:30 pm.