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“The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.”

-Maria Montessori

Summer Discovery!

Summer Discovery for children 6 months to 12 years old

Join us to explore this summer!

Amherst Montessori School, guided by the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning.

Amherst Montessori School's Summer Discovery offers fun-filled adventures tailored to children ages 6 months to 12 years. Our Discovery Sessions for children three and above explore a variety of themes including gardening, cooking, insects and wildlife, creating and building, exploration of the natural world, water play, and Lego! Our Summer Discovery for infants and toddler is play-based with a warm, fun, and nurturing environment designed to create an enganging social atmosphere with lots of time for sensory exploration, outdoor play, music, and movement.


2018 Elementary Summer Discovery Sessions (grades 1 - 5)

LegoJune 11 - 15, 2018
LEGO® Build with Michelle Risch*
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $325/child
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. $375/child
Join us for week one of fun-filled LEGO® Discovery! Let your imagination run wild with LEGO® pieces large and small as your child's spatial intelligence is challenged and engaged!
Directed by Michelle Risch

*LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site or summer program.

June 18 - 22, 2018

LEGO® Build with Michelle
 Risch*
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $325/child
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. $375/child

Join us for week two of fun-filled LEGO® Discovery! Let your imagination run wild with LEGO® pieces large and small as your child's spatial intelligence is challenged and engaged!
Directed by Michelle Risch

*LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site or summer program.

June 25 - 29, 2018
LEGO® Build with Michelle
 Risch*
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $325/child
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. $375/child

Join us for week two of fun-filled LEGO® Discovery! Let your imagination run wild with LEGO® pieces large and small as your child's spatial intelligence is challenged and engaged!
Directed by Michelle Risch

*LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site or summer program.


2018 Children's House Summer Discovery Sessions (ages 3 - 6)

IMG 0356Our Children's House program, designed for children ages 3-6, focuses on two-week themes* combining art, nature, gardening, cooking, building, creating and pure fun to explore everything from growing flowers and food to experimenting with engineering to baking strawberry pie! Eight weeks of summer joy, from Monday, June 11 - Friday, August 3, 2018. Please note that camp is closed on Wednesday, July 4th and will dismiss at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3rd.

*Families are welcome to sign up for one or both weeks of any theme.

As always, there will be an emphasis on community, respect, and peace. Your child will be in a nurturing, fun, and engaging environment with plenty of play both outdoors and indoors. Every morning will include a hands-on exploration of the theme with songs, crafts, reading, and experiential activities. We will go outside daily for free play, structured group games, waterplay, and exploration of the natural world on our south Amherst campus.

We are thrilled to announce that AMS teacher Marilyn Martinez will lead all eight weeks of Children's House Summer Discovery. During the school year, Marilyn teaches full time in our Casa de Niños classroom. Please read more about Marilyn here. Assistants for Summer Discovery will be posted as soon as possible.

Weeks One and Two - June 11 - 22, 2018
Gardening

In this session, we plant seeds, learn how to care for soil, begin the creation of a flower garden, and more, as we discuss the fruits and vegetables that help feed us every day.

CookingWeeks Three and Four - June 25 - July 6, 2018
Insects & Wildlife

Join us to explore the amazing outdoor world of AMS! We'll investigate different types of insects and wildlife native to western Massachusetts.

Weeks Five and Six - July 9 - 20, 2018
Building & Creating
Your child will be encouraged to imagine, plan, and build different types of structures using beginning concepts of engineering. We'll use familiar materials like Legos, play-doh, and blocks, and some not-so-familiar materials to encourage creativity and hands-on experimentation.

Weeks Seven and Eight - July 23 - August 3, 2018
Harvest Time Cooking

With any luck, our garden will be producing and children will be able to harvest vegetables and cook using a variety of ingredients grown at school or purchased locally. Your child will investigate how foods are prepared and make yummy treats in the school kitchen.

Children's House Program Options

Lunch Session 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ($210 per week, $170 for Week Four)
Full Day 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ($270 per week, $220 for Week Four)
Extended Day 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ($320 per week, $260 for Week Four)

2018 Infant & Toddler Summer Discovery Sessions (ages 6 months - 3 years)

Our Infant/Toddler Summer Discovery Program, designed for children ages six months to three years, offers warmth, love, independence, and continuity. Our Infant/Toddler Program is filled with outdoor play, crafts, games, storytelling, and more. Eight weeks of summer joy, from Monday, June 11 - Friday, August 3, 2018. Please note that camp is closed on Wednesday, July 4th and will dismiss at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3rd.

Our Infant/Toddler Summer Discovery will be lead by Kirsten Dudkiewcz, Rachel Mariani, and Rachel Roberson. During the school year, Kirsten Dudkiewcz and Rachel Mariani work full time in our Infant and Toddler programs and Rachel Roberson leads our Children's House After Care program. Please read more about these phenomenal women by clicking on their names. Assistants for Summer Discovery will be posted as soon as possible.

*Please note that Infants and Toddlers who are new to Amherst Montessori School must register for a minimum of five consecutive weeks of Summer Discovery.

Infant/Toddler Program Options:

Lunch Session 8:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. ($250 per week, $200 for Week Four)
Full Day 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ($310 per week, $250 for Week Four)
Extended Day 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ($370 per week, $300 for Week Four)

A Typical Day at Camp

8:30 Arrivals
9:00 Morning Theme Exploration and Snack
11:00 Water and Outdoor Play
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Dismissal for Lunch Session Students
Rest Time (under age 5)
Enrichment Project
2:40 Group Time
3:00 Dismissal for School Day Students
Snack Time
3:20 Outdoor Play
4:00 Continued outdoor play, projects, and free play
5:00 Dismissal

Application and Enrollment Guidelines

A non-refundable deposit of $100 per week is due with registration; the balance is due by Monday, June 11th, 2018. You will receive a confirmation (or wait list) letter with Authorization & Consent and Health/Physical forms.  All children participating in Summer Discovery programs must provide Amherst Montessori School with these forms prior to the start of the summer program in accordance to State Regulations.  

New to the school?  If your child is not currently enrolled at Amherst Montessori School, please fill out the inquiry form found here and enter "Summer Discovery" in the comments section.