Primary Camp

Primary Camp

Primary campers are four to six years of age. Each week the children will be busy discovering a theme from nature such as earth, air, fire or water. They may work with the soil in planting and growing and encouraging care of the earth. With the magic of air, things move and we cannot see what happens when air moves. Water flows from here to there but it does not always go there in a straight line; some things float some sink. Fire can be used to warm us or to cook our food. Whatever the theme, they will be happily discovering nature every day.

The primary camp will model the gentle rhythm of our Kindergartens that so lovingly nourish each child’s developing coordination, cooperation and creativity. Each day will be a calm and joyful journey through imaginative play, circle games, songs and stories. We will spend a lot of our time outside in nature, on walks, or in the forest.

*Please note Primary campers must already be 4-years-old by the start of camp*

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Example of a Primary camp day rhythm:

8:00AM Beforecare (in the kindergarten garden
9:00 AM Camp day begins with a walk
10:00AM Picnic of finger food
11:00AM Back to the garden for activities on the weekly theme
12:00PM Lunch
1:00PM Rest time
2:00PM Snack
2:30PM Activities on the weekly theme
3:00PM Water play
4:00PM End of camp day
4:00 to 6:00PM Childcare (Aftercare, if purchased) in the Kindergarten garden

Primary Camp Weekly Themes Ages 4-6

Week 1 Songs of the Birds
June 17-21

When woods awake and trees are green
and leaves are large and long
‘Tis merry to walk in the forest fair
and hear the small birds’ song
Look to the sky for feathered friends and join us in stories, songs, and
crafts, all about birds and the way they soar. With feather crafts and playing
with friends.

Week 2 Light of Midsummer Sun
June 24-28

Little flowers, little flowers,
With your colours bright,
Look above now to the sky,
Full of warmth and light.
Explore the joy and beauty of the blooming flowers and celebrate
under the midsummer sun, with a week of nature crafts and painting,
with the colors we find.

Week 3 Fruits, Flowers, and Fairies
July 2-5 (Four Day Week)

He dances on their honey cups
So happy all the day,
And then he spreads his tiny wings,
And softly flies away
Come take to the garden and build fairy and gnome houses, while
exploring for the fruits of summer, with magical paintings and seasonal
circle games.

Week 4 Homes amongst the trees
July 8-12

If I were a tree
I’d want to see
A bird with a song
on a branch with me.
Take to the woods, and be led through a journey to find what animals and
creatures call our forest home. Dig, build, and create a nature home. Climb
upon the trees.

Week 5 Splash by the Sand
July 15-19

“Come play”, the wave said to the beach,
Splashing up on the sand.
“I shall”, replied the shore to her
And followed hand in hand
This week is filled with seaside stories, make believe beaches, and sand
castles, and streams in the sand. As well as time to cool off in the
sprinklers, sure to have your child make a splash.

Week 6 Friends of the Forest
July 22-26

Forest, fields,
Valleys, and streams,
Work together with summer
And show us your greens
Filled with forest folk stories from around the world, your child will play
throughout the forest with friends, and find the treasures which will spark
imagination.

Week 7 Great Garden Wonders
July 29- August 2

A little seed for me to sow
A little earth to make it grow
A little hole, a little pat
A little wish and that is that
The garden is the perfect place to explore as a young child in summer.
Massive sunflowers, fruit trees, and fun. Little gardeners will get a first
chance to dig, water, plant seeds and enjoy the fruits of summer.

Week 8 Sweet Summer Air
August 5-9 (Four Day Week)

Sweet summer breezes
Blow the sun fairies around.
They sparkle the waters
And dance on the ground.
Wind chimes, fans, kites, and sails! Campers will become swept off their
feet with songs, whistling, circle games, and stories of gales and gusts.

Week 9 The Land Beneath our Feet
August 12-16

Below my feet
What could there be?
Gems, Gold and treasures
Only I can see
Gather round, and come listen to tales of what the land has seen before.
Join us in crafts and games to make specially crafted treasures using the
gifts of nature.

 

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