Summer Camp Curriculum
June 14 - August 27, 2021
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 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.
An in depth study at the surrounding marsh and wetlands.
All of the bays in the Orange County region offer a great opportunity for children to experience firsthand the wondrous wildlife and ecosystems of the wetlands. Children will be engaging in educational excursions to numerous California state parks and wildlife preserves in the area, in addition to art and physical activities.
Out of this World!
The planets and elements
of outer space.
For this topic children will explore the innerworkings of the solar system. Children will be able to create large scale models of the planets, use robotics to create devices resembling rovers on Mars, and experience a variety of demonstrations explaining concepts related to gravity, friction, velocity, and other key fundamental concepts of physics.
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.
An in depth study of the surrounding desert and arid environments.
Since Orange County and the surrounding areas also contain a plethora of arid and dry locations with their own unique ecosystems, children will be able to experience and learn about why they occur, what animals and plant life can survive in such an environment, and see how the landscape changes with their very own eyes.
Machines & Engineering
Using physics to build machines.
For this unit, children will learn about different machines and how they function. They will be able to apply the concepts of physics to build functional structures that are able to perform specific tasks. Children will initially learn about simple machines such as a lever, wheel & axel, pulley, etc., and gradually transition into building compound machines. Children will also be able to draw certain inventions that incorporate these machines and learn the history of each invention as well.
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.
What's the Matter?
The different states and
changes of matter.
Children will learn all about the different states of matter, and how matter changes from one state to another. Within this topic, children will also learn about how matter changes in the atmosphere by conducting hands on experiments.