Summer Camp at the Aquinas Montessori School
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SUMMER CAMP

Aquinas & Old Town Montessori Summer Day Camp at Mount Vernon campus

We would like to invite your child to join us in a stimulating summer adventure. Our Montessori Summer Day Camp is about learning new skills, making new friends, having new experiences, and most importantly, it’s about plain, old fashioned fun! The Montessori Summer Day Camp program promotes learning as a joy, which is never outgrown. We think your child will be as enthusiastic about it as the children we currently have with us; hence our invitation.

A typical day for a 3 to 9 year old includes experience in a Montessori classroom, where the child manipulates a great variety of developmental materials. There are nature and art activities, stories, songs, and games. Our staff is composed of professionally trained teachers.

The Aquinas heated pool ranges in depth from two and a half to five feet. This non-threatening size offers beginning and novice swimmers an opportunity for great success in a safe environment. Even the youngest swimmers feel comfortable in the shallow end and make remarkable progress in just a few weeks.

Childhood is short — and so important in determining the course of a life. Do consider giving your child the opportunity to discover that learning is a joy!

The Particulars

Hours
Camp begins June 12 and ends August 18. The hours are 8:30 am - 12:00 pm or 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Before-Care starts at 7:30 am and After-Care continues through 6:00 pm. Please see the brochure   for details.

Special offerings for childeren 6 to 9 year old
In addition to the daily Montessori work, our summer camp sessions for 6 - 9 year old children will explore the application of language and mathematics to the arts, sciences, and everyday life. With Montessori materials as foundation, students will solidify and advance skills in numeracy and language usage. Children with different learning styles will find access to their specific learning needs through music, movement, visual art, and games.

ELEMENTARY PROGRAM curriculum

WEEK 1
June 12-16

ROCKS AND MINERALS
Volcanoes and their parts; describing the formation and characteristics of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks; calculating age of rocks and fossils; measuring the Grand Canyon

WEEK 2
June 19-23

MOLECULES AND ATOMS
Based on multiple experiments with solids, liquids, gases, salt, and sugar, writing up scientific observations; exploring particles of molecules and atoms; investigating the order of the Periodic Table of various chemical elements

WEEK 3
June 26-30

INVENTORS AND ARTISTS OF THE RENAISSANCE
Making a time line of a person's life and achievements in art, astronomy, or architecture; how to write a biography; learning about basic editing marks; applying the process of note taking, draft, re-writes, and final draft.

WEEK 4
July 3-7

MUSICAL MATH
Fractions, math operations within various time signatures, skip counting in songs and movement, math games

WEEK 5
July 10-14

TYPICAL FLORA & FAUNA OF ALEXANDRIA
Exploring our rich flora and fauna; learning about the fascinating adaptations plants and animals have developed to survive

WEEK 6
July 17-21

POETRY AND MOVEMENT
Building on word rhythms, exploring unusual rhythms through movement (5/8, 7/8); figuring out how to count them; transferring to body percussion; improvising with Q'S & A's, creating a piece with speech, movement, singing, and percussion instruments; sharing a final piece with intro, main section, and coda

WEEK 7
July 24-28

LIGHT, MIRRORS, AND LENSES
Light and color; calculating the dimensions to make a periscope; learning the parts of the microscope and exploring natural objects and prepared slides; drawing and describing our findings

WEEK 8
July 31-August 4

HEALTHY COOKING
Harvesting our Children's Garden; organic vs. inorganic; history of foods in various cultures, classification reading cards for vitamins and minerals; making booklet about healthy foods available in our area

WEEK 9
August 7-11

WHAT IS MOTION?
Investigating how matter, force, and acceleration affect motion; measuring the space each occupies; exploring friction; solving word problems about Distance/Speed/Velocity with Montessori materials

WEEK 10
August 14-18

WRITING A PLAY
Selecting a story, analyzing the plot and dividing it into scenes; selecting roles, writing short character vignettes; collaborating to compose dialogue; learning punctuation; considering a narrator, props, or soundscape; developing final version and sharing as Readers' Theater


My children loved being at Aquinas Summer Camp last summer. They loved being outside for most of the day playing among the shade trees and having the swimming pool right there. I honestly can't imagine a better place to spend the summer in the Alexandria area.

- Vanessa Clay

SUMMER CAMP BROCHURE  

Summer camp at the Aquinas Montessori School
Summer camp at the Aquinas Montessori School
Summer camp at the Aquinas Montessori School



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