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Child Development

Summer Camps

Summer Camp is designed for elementary children from the ages 6 to 9 years old.  Our program is full of fun and exciting child-directed activities, field trips, hands-on exploration, and active learning with friends.  Our main focus is not on children’s academics.  With the “hustle and bustle” of the busy school year it is important to provide children with a more flexible, relaxing summer in which they can spend time just being a kid.  Summer should be a time to enjoy the community, explore nature, make new friends, and experiment with new materials and develop social skills.  Through these experiences children will be learning many life and social skills such as cooperation, problem solving, real-life mathematics, planning, following a routine, appropriate behavior, etc. (We also provide care for young toddlers who can walk without support through kindergarten.)

What is special about our Summer Camp compared to other programs?

Each classroom has a licensed elementary teacher.

The classrooms have several clearly defined interest areas that your child is able to select at any time.

Breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack are all included in the weekly rate.

Your child will participate in a 4H fair project which is displayed at the Saint Joseph County fair grounds.

Your child will participate in a community service project.  In the past, children have collected pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, created a quilt for a child suffering from birth defects, and collected pennies for child abuse prevention.

Your child will be going on at least 3 field trips a week.  Field trips include such places as Potwatomi Pool, South Bend Chocolate Factory, and Putt Putt.

Your child will explore nature as we visit local parks.  As children take walks outside adventures naturally take place through which your child has excellent opportunities to learn about nature.

We have smaller classroom sizes.  Each room is limited to 15 children or less with a minimum of 2 teachers.  This way the teachers can provide your child with some individual attention.

Your child will also take part in several food projects.  This provides your child opportunities to measure, mix, observe changes in the food, cooperate with others, and more.