Our summer camp has a strong emphasis on nature exploration. Children are naturally drawn to nature, and as concrete, sensorial learners, children 3-5 years of age learn through their own interactions with their environment. Our large property allows the explorative experiences necessary for self-discovery. Each of our five one-week summer camps focuses on a different aspect of the earth: dirt, plants, water, trees and birds. The cost per week is $125.
For more information, or to schedule a visit, call Shin’yu at (503) 475-9257, or email email@example.com.
Location: 8500 NE Siskiyou St Portland 97220
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Monday through Friday
Week One: July 11th-July 15th
All about Dirt: In the classroom we’ll use books, stories, and language cards to learn all about what dirt is and what lives in it. We’ll use collage to create things that live in the dirt and sensorial explorations of dirt’s relationship to water. We’ll plant seeds and make dirt babies. Outside, we’ll dig to see what lives in the soil, plant various kinds of plants, and enjoy getting dirty!
Week Two: July 18th-July 22nd
All About Plants: In the classroom we’ll learn what plants are, their relationship to the earth, their needs and functions. We’ll plant seeds, learn how to care for our plants, make leaf rubbings and make a ‘parts of a plant’ book. Outside, we’ll plant sprouted seeds in the garden, go on nature walks to identify plants, and collect different parts of plants to compare and use for art activities.
Week Three: July 25th-July 29th
All About Water: We’ll learn all about what water is, its importance on the earth, the different forms it takes, how water changes depending on the temperature, and what kinds of things live in water. In the classroom, we’ll explore different land and water forms and what lives in them. Outside, we’ll water plants in the gardens, and discuss which plants need more water and why. And we’ll do more water experiments, and get wet!
Week Four: August 1st-August 5th
All About Trees: With books, stories, songs and language cards, we’ll learn about the different parts of trees, how they function, and what kinds of trees are growing on our property. Classroom activities will include identifying the parts of a tree, exploration of different kinds of bark and leaves, creating a tree from its parts through collage, and creating books about trees. Outside activities will include planting trees, nature walks to identify trees, exploration of different kinds of bark and leaves, their collection for use in the classroom, and watering trees on our property.
Week Five: August 8th-August 12th
All About Birds: We’ll learn about different kinds of birds, how their activities change from season to season, where they sleep, what kinds of nests they build, what they eat, etc. Through books, songs, stories and language cards, we’ll learn about the birds that live on our property, and create a bird from its 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.