Summer Camp Curriculum
June 13 - August 26, 2022
Call for more details: 949-855-5630
The summer program at Montessori on the Lake consists of fun, academic-based activities and excursions designed for students age 5 (who have completed kindergarten) though 13. All topics are focused on a connection to nature because as Maria Montessori asserted, "There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature, to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature... so that the child may better understand and participate in the marvelous things which civilization creates." Within each week there is an emphasis on a specific aspect of nature and each topic will also encompass aspects of art, art history, physical activity & education, language arts, and of course, science. In addition to these topics, children will also participate in a number of field trips, both connected to the topics below and also to recreational destinations.
WEEKS 5 & 6
Deep Blue Sea
The vast creatures and habitats in the ocean.
Children will learn and experience the wonderful biodiversity located in the ocean. This two week period will connect with the different species of the ocean, how environmental processes such as tides, erosion, and waves function by conducting tactile experiments. Also, students will travel to numerous locations where professions in the field of marine biology will provide insight as to how these distinct ecosystems operate.
WEEKS 10 & 11*
Enrolled students will engage in recreational activities before the start of the fall semester
The final two weeks of the program will be reserved for MOTL and sister school enrolled students only. This will give our students the opportunity to unwind and celebrate the culmination of the school year, and to decompress before beginning a new chapter of their education in the fall. These students will participate in fun and exciting exercise-related activities centered on teamwork and community building.
WEEKS 1 & 2
Incredible Earth Study
The habitats, environmental processes, and the general makeup of the Earth
For this topic, the children will conduct hands on activities to investigate the interworking of the Earth, such as what makes up the inside of the Earth, how different parts of the Earth contain vastly different habitats and environments, and how energy is transferred in nature. To experience these topics, children will travel to see how rock formations tell the story of the Earth, create models of natural disasters, and recreate replicas of the different environments around the earth.
WEEKS 7 & 8
Fantastic Physics & Marvelous Machines
The laws of physics and how these laws are utilized to create the technological world around us.
The properties of physics are full of spectacular phenomenon and wonder. Explore how the concepts of gravity, friction, velocity, acceleration, air pressure, buoyancy, density, and numerous other factors have been harnessed to produce incredible inventions and machines. Children will create models or representations of these different machines to discover the principles governing the technological world around us.
WEEKS 3 & 4
The wide range of animals that inhabit the Earth and the habitats they live in.
Welcome to the amazing world of animals! Children will learn all about the different types of animals, where they live, what they eat, and how they behave. To experience this fascinating topic, children will travel to different parks and recreational areas to observe animals in their natural habitat, learn how to draw and paint different animals and their environments, explore the unique biological characteristics of different species, and travel to the zoo where they can witness animals from all over the globe.
What's the Matter?
The different states and
changes of matter
Children will learn all about the different states of matter, how matter changes from one state to another, and how substances react with one another. Within this topic, children will also learn about how matter changes in the atmosphere by conducting hands on chemistry experiments and interacting with technological simulations to demonstrate concepts.
*Weeks 10 and 11 (August 15 and August 22) are available exclusively for students enrolled in Montessori on the Lake, Sunflower Montessori, or Appletree Montessori for the 2022 / 2023 school year.