Summer Programs (Ages 2-12)
July 6 –July 31, 2015
The arts are integrated as a lively and dynamic learning medium for young children that nurtures the need for play and fosters active learning.
In addition to the arts, children explore our 17 acres of woods, fields, waterfall, pond, and organic gardens, integrating the aesthetics of nature as part of their multisensory learning experience.
In the Lucy School summer program, projects are introduced through related literature and an introductory drama experience:
Drama is used to introduce and create the learning environment, foster dramatic play and present “living through” learning experiences.
Music, Movement and Dance enhance the learning experience and facilitate multi-sensory learning, and
Visual Arts, based on Reggio Emilio, provide for creative self-expression.
The arts serve as the foundation for daily activities. Art experiences enhance motivation and curiosity for learning and continued exploration in free choice play that takes place in our large dramatic play and block building area, and outdoors on two large playgrounds for ball play, bike riding, sand and water play, and lots of climbing opportunities to exercise large motor skills.
For Children Ages 8-12: More information about our summer program (musical theater) for this age group coming soon!
For Children Ages 3-7:
Using drama, creative movement and dance to create the journey and place, and integrating music, visual arts and outdoor exploration to enhance the experience, children will engage their creativity and problem solving skills during our fun-filled adventures. On the last day of each session, parents will be invited to join us in celebrating our “return home.”
Session One (July 6-17): Voyage Under the Sea
Poseidon is calling us! He knows what good problem solvers we are and he needs our help. We’ll turn our large gathering room into an underwater world (creating a plethora of sea life and plants to hang from netting), build a gigantic submarine for exploration, and fashion our own scuba diving costumes and gear. Art mediums that we’ll employ include painting, collage, and printmaking. The characters and predicaments we encounter along the way are as limitless as our imaginations! We will be creating "Under-the-Sea" story boxes to share with our families on the last day of camp!
Session Two (July 20-31): The Dragons of Blue Land
If you think dinosaurs are interesting – wait until you meet a dragon! Come dive into the unforgettable stories of Ruth Stiles Gannett who wrote the trilogy, The Dragons of Blue Land. We’ll start off by being stowaways with an old alley cat who we will follow to help rescue a flying baby dragon captured by alligators on a faraway island by disarming the fiercest of beasts on Wild Island. Our quirky, comical adventure will end up with a heroic denouement: the freeing of the dragon who will fly us all back home. We’ll also be crafting our own dragons large and small. Parents are invited to join us on our last day of camp to share in our adventures and celebrate our return from Wild Island.
Half-Day Program (9-11:45 am) for Children Ages 2-3:
Runaway Bunnies (July 9-31)
We will put on our soft fuzzy bunny tails and ears each day as we hop through the stories of Margaret Wise Brown’s Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon and pepper our adventures with a bit of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit’s Tales. The Lucy School “silo” will be our burrow and we will crawl through the “secret tunnel” each morning as we begin our playful adventures. On our outdoors escapades we’ll pick lettuce and carrots from our real garden to nibble and look for signs of real bunnies. Please join us on the last Friday of this four-week session as we celebrate our “return home” with a bunny hop song and dance party.
Summer Program Hours are 9:00am to 2:00pm. Half Days are 9:00am to 11:45am. If two siblings are enrolled for the same session(s), 10% of the total cost will be deducted. If three siblings are enrolled for the same session(s), 15% of the total cost will be deducted.
(applied to tuition)
Full Day Summer Program – 5 Days: Mon – Fri (9:00a – 2:00p)
For children ages 4 to 7, entering Kindergarten, First, Second
Session 1 (7/6 – 7/17)
Session 2 (7/20 - 7/31)
Sessions 1 & 2 (7/6-7/31)
Full Day Summer Program – 3 Days: Mon – Wed (9:00a – 2:00p)
For children ages 3 (by June 1) to 4
Session 1 (7/6 – 7/15)
Session 2 (7/20 – 7/29)
Sessions 1 & 2 (7/6 – 7/29)
Half Day “Early Threes” Program – 2 Days: Thu– Fri (9:00a – 11:45p)
For children who will be age 3 (by December 1)
4 Weeks (7/9 – 7/31)
Before and After Care (7:00 – 9:00 AM and 2:00 – 6:00 PM): $10 AM, $15 PM or $20 per day for both and $75 per week for full before and aftercare.
Full-Summer Discount. If you sign your child up for both two-week sessions, before and aftercare cost is $200.00 for four weeks.
“A growing body of research on the effects of early arts experiences shows their positive relationship to improved overall academic performance and demonstrates that when creativity is developed at an early age, its benefits are continual and are transformed to many individual tasks.”
–Arts Education Partnership
Founder and Director: Victoria Brown
Victoria Brown, PhD has worked with children, parents, teachers and artists nationwide for more than 20 years. Formerly professor of theatre arts at Gallaudet University, Victoria is currently co-director of the Luce Institute for Creative Arts in Early Childhood, providing arts in education training for teachers, artists and parents.
Victoria is also a consultant for the National Head Start Bureau; a founding artist of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and is co-author, with Sarah Pleydell, of the award winning book: The Dramatic Difference: Drama for the Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom (2000) Heinemann Press.
Faculty: All teachers at Lucy School hold a degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Each teacher brings her/his own unique talents to create a top-notch teaching team. Professional artists create and lead arts activities developed in collaboration with the teachers.
For more information please contact:
PO Box 1111 Middletown, MD 21769