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 week at summer camp 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. Throughout the summer we will support the child’s creative spirit by offering a variety of mixed art mediums… paper-mache, watercolor painting, printmaking, textiles and collage with the different nature themes.
For more information, or to schedule a visit, call Shin’yu at (503) 475-9257, or email email@example.com.
Information about camp will be updated as Covid-19 conditions evolve and we get closer to the summer. Registration is now open!
Location: 8500 NE Siskiyou St Portland, OR 97220
Time: Monday through Friday, July 12th-August 6th, 2021
8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tuition: $1040 for four weeks
Week One- July 12th-16th:
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 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! The children will also have the opportunity to explore with land and water formations (lake/island, archipelago/system of lakes, cape/bay) and then create a set of their own.
Week Two – July 19th-23rd:
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 bugs, including which bugs 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 explorations 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. We will also learn how to identify which bugs are insects and go find bugs outside to use our new identification skills!
Week Three – July 26th-30th:
All About Plants: We will learn all about what plants are, their relationship to the earth, their needs, their functions, the different 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 ‘parts of a plant’ books. 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 identify their shapes and to use in leaf rubbings. As the children collect leaves on our nature walks we will follow their interest by offering printmaking techniques. 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 Four – August 2nd-6th:
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. We will learn about and make books about the different parts of birds, and learn how birds have different shaped beaks that have different purposes! 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.