Frog Song Montessori Preschool has a strong emphasis on children’s sensorial exploration of nature. Children are naturally drawn to nature, and as concrete, sensorial learners, children 2 – 5 years of age learn through their own interactions with their environment. Our 14-acre property 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 firsthand in their own interactions and explorations of nature.
For more information, or to schedule a visit, call Shin’yu at (503) 475-9257, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: 8500 NE Siskiyou St Portland, OR 97220
Time: Monday through Friday
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM or 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Week One: July 8th-July 12th
All About The Earth: This week children will learn all about the earth. What it is made of at its surface (water and land), what it is made of at its core, as well as how the earth moves around the sun and how that creates gravity! Each day will have, a focus, including the water cycle and its connection to the weather, what kinds of soils exist, and why and how gravity exists and what that means for us on the earth. Each theme will have classroom activities inside that connect to outside explorations. For example, for the water cycle we will read books, sing songs, and do experiments, and when we go outside we will explore the concrete, sensorial evaporation process happening at our pond!
Week Two: July 15th-July 19th
All About Bugs: This week we focus on bugs. In the classroom, we will use books, songs, stories and language cards to learn all about different kinds of insects, including which insects live on our property and what life looks like for them. Classroom activities will include using collage to create our own bugs, learning their names through games with picture cards, and sorting activities such as sorting insects that live in the dirt from ones that do not. Outside exploration will include digging in different areas of the property to discover bugs and making bug homes based on the kind of bugs we find. Each day we will focus on a different bug, taking the things we learn inside the classroom to the outside environment in our search and appreciation of these little creatures.
Week Three: July 22nd-July 26th
All About Bees: During this week we will take a close look at the feared and partly misunderstood insect, the bumblebee! We will learn that there are all different kinds of bees, we will learn about what different bees look like, how to identify them, and things we can do to avoid getting in conflict with them! We will buzz in on the bumblebee and learn about what they eat, where they live, what kinds of bees exist in the hive and what their roles are, etc. Classroom activities will include making bee collages, reading stories and books about bees, putting together a bee life cycle in order, tweezing “bee eggs” into individual honey combs, etc. while outside activities will include going on “bee walks” to find bees and their hives and
observe/note bee activity around our property. We will also practice “safe” bee behavior as a way to diffuse fear and anxiety around their presence!
Week Four: July 29th-August 2nd
All About Plants: We will learn all about what plants are, their relationship to the earth, their needs, their functions, parts of a plant and the names of plants that exist on our property using picture cards. Classroom activities will include planting seeds, taking care of the plants in our classroom, 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. We will also focus on trees as a type of plant, learning the names of different trees on the property as well as the different parts of a tree.
Week Five: August 5th-August 9th
All About Birds: We will learn all about 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 using collage. Outside activities will include nature walks to search for and identify birds on our property, observation and exploration of different habitats, and construction of our own bird nests using materials we gather from our property.