It may seem an impossible reconciliation. The desire for your child’s summer months to be filled with discovery, learning, and purposeful activity. Your child’s wish for a vacation filled with vast stretches of unstructured time, relaxation, and fun. For certain, visualizing your child cozily wrapped in the branches of a backyard tree reading “A Wrinkle in Time” won’t jibe with your son or daughter’s vision of a radio blaring by turquoise pool water.
But instead of getting caught up in the improbability of it all, maybe we just need to forget, for a moment, our iPhones, standardized academic achievement requirements, and how hard Jr. worked this past year to master subtracting two-digit numbers with regrouping. Perhaps we might simply recall the time-honored pick-up games we played after school every afternoon until dinnertime. Mom tossing a frozen chicken unceremoniously on the kitchen counter to defrost before heading off to work without fear of salmonella. When peanuts were regularly sold as standard snack fare during sport events.
We all know the coveted babysitter who tacitly understands the key to a successful evening with your kids isn’t getting them fed, but including them in the dinner process. Kneading dough for pizza, tossing together ice cream sundae creations, eating picnic-style on a blanket in the playroom. This, too, can be the key to a summer the whole family will appreciate.
Hudson Country Montessori Summer Camp revolves around traditional seasonal activities, purposely planned to connect with a child’s inherent sense of discovery and inquiry. Children don’t simply go on field trips to the ocean, they study sea life washed, temporarily, onto the sand. Gardening can be classified as digging in the dirt with a goal. Role play becomes planning and acting out skits. Summer fun enhances school year learning under the careful guidance of counselors trained in the Montessori method. In a collaborative and creative manner, campers and counselors embark on summer adventures which are both captivating and engaging.
Each weekly session even centers around themes drawn from classic children’s literature. I kid you not....