March 8, 2021
Archive for Montessori summer camp
There’s no doubt that summer camp is loads of fun, but is there more to it than fun?
Camp at Clanmore is unique! Sure, we offer experiences that cultivate friendships and lifelong skills and perhaps we even offer a break from summer cabin fever for the entire family, but at Clanmore the camp experience is so much more. We offer specialized programs for children that foster character development and self-regulation, which is rooted in the Montessori philosophy.
Summer camps keep young minds growing during the summer months and studies show this helps children successfully transition back to school in September. Clanmore’s specialized programs, such as canoeing, kayaking, cooking, art, bike riding and sports provide children with an opportunity to keep theirs brains stimulated and their bodies active.
Our camp programs also allow children to get their feet wet with an extracurricular activity without making a long-term commitment to a budding interest.
Camp at Clanmore allows children to spend time with familiar friends and establish new relationships based on common interests, but we also help the children cultivate these friendships by developing each individual character through the practice of Restitution.
The children discuss what they value as a community and the staff guide the children to use these values in their day-to-day lives. The children regularly have discussions about what respect, safety, learning and peace mean to them. As Montessori is based in multi-aged groups, during these discussions the input of children as young as three years of age is valued as is the input of older children. This nurtures the development of healthy leadership and a respect for all. The multi-aged groupings allow for a natural learning process to occur between the various ages as younger children learn from older children and older children develop from interacting with younger children.
As a camp rooted in Montessori, we foster self-regulation by giving the children the freedom to make decisions and to co-construct their day based on their interests and their own thoughts and feelings. This provides each child in our camp with the opportunity for independence. As conflict could arise in any environment, the children are guided with the tools for resolution by putting emphasis on fixing a conflict. This also encourages the children’s development of self-regulation and nurtures their spirit.
While at camp, children may choose to work with materials when their intrinsic urge to explore a material becomes evident to them. Children are also encouraged to self-regulate feelings such as hunger by having snacks readily available to them throughout the day.
At Clanmore the children’s inner-guides are valued and respected and they receive the support needed for development through the Montessori philosophy.
So of course we have fun amongst all the other wonderful attributes of camp at Clanmore, but the best part? Because we are a day camp, the children return home at the end of each day to share these fantastic experiences with their families, around the dinner table or when they are being tucked in at night.
Remembering Clanmore Summer Camp
The warm, sunny days of Summer. Remember them? Feeling the cool grass between your toes, sipping on lemonade and being carefree with your friends. Oh, if we could live in those childhood moments again.
What are your fondest memories of childhood on warm Summer days? Were they spent in nature? Were they spent being creative? Were they spent practicing a new skill? I’m sure they were spent exerting what seemed to be your endless amounts of energy and I bet they were definitely spent making memories with friends?
Clanmore Montessori Summer Camp offers something for every child, making memories with familiar friends, and new ones, in a familiar place, where the warmth of the Clanmore community aligns perfectly with the warmth of summertime.
Last Summer we created many memories, canoeing, kayaking, geocaching, gardening and playing sports. We also explored robotics, aerospace, water and science, but most importantly, we created fun and friendships!
We are looking forward to creating more warm memories this Summer and we hope you’ll join us!
Here is what some of our Campers have said about Clanmore Montessori Camp last year…
“The canoeing and kayaking was fun… I wanna do it again.”
Lincoln age 7
“Camp was fun and educational. I loved learning about the wilderness. Canoeing was my favourite.”
Sophie age 11
Samuel age 4 and Gabriel age 6
“I would definitely recommend Robotics, we learned in a fun way about gears and mechanics, I made a robot with armour that went to battle. We also learned about aerospace – gravity and aerodynamics”.
Caleb age 11
“I learned that I can paddle far and if everyone paddles at the same time and is consistent we can go fast.”
Jackson age 9
“This is fun!”
Mia age 4
“We did a variety of interactive sports, it was a great experience and I would definitely do it again.”
Emilio age 11
For more information on Clanmore Montessori Camp, contact Teresa McLean, Summer Camp Program Co-ordinator at [email protected] or telephone (905)337-8283.