DON’T POSTPONE SUMMER JOY!
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”
– Rachel Carson
My summer outdoor adventure program will offer children ages 4.5 – 10 with local, outdoor adventures into the woods, along the rivers and streams, to bike and skate parks, swimming spots, and more.
In response to family concerns about COVID-19 and summer childcare, I am limiting my program to 6 children.
Register early, as spots will fill up quickly, with the attendance limits I’m adhering to.
Summer 2020 JOY: $200/week
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am – 4pm
Register for as many sessions as you need:
Orientation: May 29th, 12-2pm
_Full_ Session I: June 1 – 26, 2020
_Full_ Session II: July 6 – 31, 2020
_Full_ Session III: August 3 – 28, 2020
- A maximum of 6 children will be enrolled.
- The same children must participate each day, in each session, due to new early childhood Covid-19 grouping regulations.
- Cost: $200/week per child. Family discount $180/week per child
- Parent/guardian drops child(ren) off and picks child up at designated locations on each session’s schedule.
- Parents/Guardians must sign their child in and out with Mary.
- Children must be sunscreened when dropped off.
- Children and Mary must have a face mask.
- Mary will send an email on Sunday, confirming weekly locations and necessary gear (bikes, etc.)
- A hand washing and toilet station will be provided at each location.
- Mary will provide morning and afternoon snacks, and extra water.
- Dirty water and paper towels will be collected in a separate container, and disposed of by Mary at the end of the day.
- Children will come with their own backpack with all of the following:
- Drinking water in a water bottle
- Sun hat
- Extra clothes (shirt, pants, socks)
- Rain coat
- Closed-toes shoes – please, no flip flops or dress shoes
- Hammock and hanging straps
- Optional items in child’s backpack:
- Books, Colored pencils, pad of paper
- Magnifying glass
- Rope/twine, etc.
- Frisbee, ball, etc.
CURRICULUM: Outdoor Adventure Through Play
David Sobel’s Childhood and Nature Principles
- Make forts and special places;
- Play hunting and gathering games;
- Shape small worlds;
- Develop friendships with animals;
- Construct adventures;
- Descend into fantasies;
- Follow paths and figure out shortcuts;
Leave No Trace
What we bring out in our backpacks, pockets, etc. will return home with us. Of course, using trash receptacles we find in the community is completely appropriate. Wild animals do not need our help with food, and we discourage feeding them. Packing lunch and snacks in reusable containers creates less waste.
Using our Observation Skills
In order to maneuver the world, children must learn to use all of their senses – seeing, hearing, speaking, smelling, touching, intuition, feelings, etc. As children grow and mature, adults can support their need for independence by respecting their own, unique gifts of observation.
While outdoors, we will encounter wildlife. We will instill a sense of respect and compassion for all living creatures, by modeling a sense of wonder and amazement at all bugs, animals, spiders, and reptiles we encounter, and teach the children to become allies with them, not adversaries. All creatures will be left in their natural habitat, where we found them.
Managing Risks and Avoiding Hazards
It is imperative that children learn to manage risks, and identify and avoid hazards;
- Manage risks – something within their control (using their critical thinking, problem solving, physical, emotional, and social skills to learn new skills, meet new people, etc), and,
- Avoid hazards – something they cannot control (being hit by a car in the street or a falling tree toppled by the wind, or being struck by lighting.
With this in mind, teachers will ensure children understand and practice managing both risk and hazards in outdoor play. They love a challenge, and we will support their desires to climb up and down dry ditches, trees and rocks, to wade in streams, play with sticks, throw rocks, and build forts.
To discuss my program please call Mary at 970-618-1450
Or, email Mary at email@example.com
Print and complete the registration form provided under the REGISTRATION tab.
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