Frog Song Montessori Preschool has a strong emphasis on children’s sensorial exploration of nature. Children are naturally and intrinsically drawn to nature, and as concrete, sensorial learners, children 3-5 years of age learn through their own interactions with their environment. Our 14 acres of land allows children the explorative experiences necessary for self-discovery. Each of our five one-week summer camps focuses on a different aspect of the earth that is unique to our property, allowing children the opportunity to learn first hand in their own interactions and explorations of nature.
Week One: July 11th- July 15th
All About Dirt: This week we focus on dirt. In the classroom we will use books, stories, and language cards to learn all about what dirt is composed of, what lives in dirt, and how dirt can be different depending on where it is located. Classroom activities will include creating things that live in the dirt through collage, sensorial explorations of dirt’s relationship to water and uses of dirt such as, planting a seed, and making dirt babies. Outside explorations will include digging in different areas of the property to discover differences in the soil, discovery digging to see what lives in the soil, and planting plants using soil.
Week Two: July 18th- July 22nd
All About Plants: This week we focus on plants. In the classroom we will use books, stories, language cards and plant care activities to learn all about what plants are, their relationship to the earth, their needs, their functions, and the names of plants that exists on our property using picture cards. Classroom activities will include planting a seed, planting watering, washing the leaves of a plant, leaf rubbing, creating a plant using cut out parts, and making a ‘parts of a plant’ book. Outside activities will include planting sprouted seeds in the garden, going on nature walks to identify plants, and collecting leaves of plants to compare and do leaf rubbings.
Week Three: July 25th- 29th
All About Water: This week we focus on water. Through books, stories, and language cards children will learn all about what water is, it’s importance on the earth, the different forms water takes, how water changes depending on the temperature, and what kinds of things live in water. Classroom activities will include exploration of the different land and water forms and what live in them, plant watering, washing the leaves of a plant, washing mats, tables, etc., and water explorations such as pouring and sponge squeezing. Outside activities will include watering the garden and plants on our playground, along with nature walks and discussions of which plants need more water and why. If our ponds are not dried up we will explore their contents and discover what’s inside!
Week Four: August 1st-5th
All About Trees: This week we will focus on trees. We will provide books, stories, songs and language cards so that children can learn what trees are, the parts of a tree, how they work, and what kinds of trees exist on our property. Classroom activities will include language cards for identifying the parts of a tree, exploration of different kinds of bark, creating a tree from it’s parts through collage, and creating a ‘parts of a tree’ book. Outside activities will include nature walks to identify trees, exploration of the different barks and leaves of trees and their collection for use in the classroom, and watering trees on our property.
Week Five: August 8th-12th
All About Birds: This week we focus on birds. Through books, songs, stories, and language cards we will learn all about what birds are, the different kinds of birds, how their activity changes from season to season, where they sleep, what they eat, etc. Classroom activities will include language cards for learning the names of birds that live on our property, and creating a bird from it’s parts using collage. Outside activities will include nature walks to search for and identify birds on our property, observation and exploration of different habitats birds live in, and construction of our own bird nests using materials we gather from our property.
The cost of our camps are $125/week. For further inquiries please contact Shin'yu at email@example.com or by phone at (503) 475-9257, or visit our website at frogsongpreschool.org.