Nursery Kindergarten Summer Program
Our summer program, for children age approximately 3.5 to 6, aims to provide developmentally appropriate experience for the young child. Seasonally oriented, these sessions will provide the children with a practical immersion into the work and wisdom offered by the land. Lead by a Waldorf-trained adult staff, the Nursery Kindergarten Summer Program will allow the child to experience the dream-like and imaginative quality of their inner social/emotional development in an artistic and joy filled way. Each session will be a complete offering in itself, but the four will be a cohesive experience as well.
The two-week session allows younger children to fully arrive in this emotionally secure and predictable setting, and experience the wonderful atmosphere of beauty and warmth here on Moraine Farm. Thoughtful building of trust and confidence ensures a smooth transition to the summer preschool, and creates an ongoing experience that supports each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
The cost of this program is $750/ two-week. 8:30am to 1:30 pm with aftercare options available. Please note that a minimum of 8 children are required to hold a session. Capacity for each session is 22.
Below is more information on each two-week session.
Sowing the seeds (Gardening) June 24 – July 5*
The first weeks of summer we play with soil and pretend to be farmers, planting seeds that need warm soil and lots of sun. In this session the children will tend the garden beds and all of the life within them. The bug-life is abundant in a garden bed, and the gentle and respectful way a gardener plants their seeds harmoniously with the bug-life, will be a focus of this session. We will also learn what plants eat and the joy that comes from seeing a seed sprout up bright and green out of the rich brown soil. This session cost is prorated ($675) due to the holiday.
Woodland Wonders (Hiking/exploration) July 8 – 19
We embark on the path to discovery through our senses. In this session, the children will use their senses to discover hidden wonders of the Moraine Farm woods. Through hiking, observation, and STEAM based activities, we will find out what signs animals leave as they work and travel through the farm. Following some of these signs, we will find animal homes and patterns of survival. Along the way, we will discover our own abilities to move, balance, navigate, and regulate our levels of exertion.
Water is Life! (Shoreline adventure/water activities) July 22 – August 2
Water has a way of bringing joy and enthusiasm to the child’s summer. It is also the basis for all life. In this session the children will learn about the life that thrives in water around Wenham lake. Bugs, plants, amphibians and many other creatures await to be seen and appreciated in this session. We will also experience the joy that water brings us through activities and games.The vitalizing force of cool water on a hot day will be a focus of this session.
Harvest the Joy (Gardening/homesteading) August 5 – 16
Good work and good intentions allows us to experience a harmony with our surroundings and find joy in each other. In this session the children will learn how to tell when a vegetable is ready to harvest, and how to carefully and kindly gather the delicious food that comes from the earth. We will also learn what to do with the food we gather, and how to keep the garden happy in the later weeks of summer. Useful crafts and pieces of art made from the land will also be a focus of this session.