First Presbyterian Preschool Summer Camp 2018
“The Science of the Desert”
We hope your children will join us for an exciting exploration of the desert for this year’s summer camp throughout the month of July! Campers ages 12 months through 5th grade will exercise their skills and imaginations in STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics – to explore and learn about the environment, wildlife and people of our native Chihuahuan desert in our Reggio-inspired classrooms and outdoors on our playground – a Certified Outdoor Classroom.
What do we do at camp?
Our Certified Outdoor Classroom will offer many opportunities for exploration! Most days will begin outdoors where we will gather for morning meeting to share ideas and talk about what’s in store for the upcoming day. Children will engage in activities such as Godly Play, a natural way for children to explore faith and spirituality through the sharing of Bible stories, yoga, group games and sing-alongs. The rest of the day, our campers will have the opportunity to participate in nature art activities, woodworking projects using real tools, building using both conventional and unconventional materials, water exploration using both a water pump and the water trough –and, of course, run, jump, climb and have fun playing with friends!
In the Art room, the children will explore sand as an art medium and use every day materials to create art. We will introduce the children to artists such as Tom Lea and Georgia O’Keefe, who used the desert as inspiration for much of their art. Campers will also explore many different types of materials in open-ended art activities giving the children freedom to explore and express their creativity.
In the Drama room, the children will explore the culture and people of the desert. They will be able to “shop” in a Mexican market, take part in a fiesta and learn about Native American cultures and traditions. The children will use their math and science skills to experiment with cooking foods from Mexican and Native American cultures.
Our STEM room will challenge the children with activities like designing “bridges” across the Rio Grande recreated in a sand/water area and growing a succulent garden. The campers will participate in many science experiments exploring water, matter and air. Natural materials such as rocks and sticks will be used to expand and improve math skills such as counting, sorting and patterning. Children are natural learners and the STEM room will tap into their natural curiosity.
Each week will have a unique topic exploring the overall theme “the Science of the Desert.” These topics include: Week One – Wild West; Week Two – ¡Fiesta!; Week Three – Chihuahuan Desert; and Week Four – The Music of our Region. We will feature guest speakers, plan field trips to visit local art and gardens, mud play on Mondays and water play every Wednesday on the playground.
We hope to have your little camper join us to make great memories this summer!
To sign up, download our registration form and drop it off in the school office.