"Young children respond to gestures and movement before they react to the spoken word. They understand and explore sound before they learn to speak. They draw pictures before they form letters. They dance and act out stories before they learn to read."



Summer Programs (Ages 3-11)

July 7 –August 1, 2014



For Children Ages 3-7:

Integrating the elements and aesthetics of nature into the learning process, Lucy School provides an arts-based curriculum bursting with opportunities for joy and creative self-expression through drama, creative movement, dance, puppetry, music, and visual arts. 


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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.


Summer Program Activities


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 see To join us in celebrating our “return home.”


Session One:  A Trip to Paris!

Traveling across the ocean to Paris, France, we’ll meet “Mirette on the High Wire” (from the book by McCully). She needs our help!  And we need her help - turning our large barn space into a Parisian circus with dancing bears, horses, clowns, jugglers, tumblers, trapeze artists and more!  We’ll also be looking at mobile artist Calder’s famous circus stabiles and will be making our own! Parents, be prepared to don Parisian attire (from our costume box) for you visit to our circus performance on our final day! 


Session Two: Journey to the "Lost World"

Great Googly Mooglies! Scientists have discovered a part of the world that no one has ever seen before with exotic new plant and animal species! They need help and they sure have come to the right place – we love exploring! We’ll draw, paint and sculpt what these plants and animals might look like. Then we’ll dramatize the expedition, becoming the exotic animals and documenting our journey along the way. How will we get there – what adventures will we encounter? Our journey is no more limited than our imaginations!  Parents, in role as reporters, will come to interview the children about their travels and join us in celebrating our “return home.”

Early Threes:  Cuddly Crawlers

We will hike around the farm, exploring under rocks and in the Lucy School gardens looking for and studying crawling creatures. We’ll paint, sing about and act out stories of from Eric Carle’s literature, including The Very Quiet Cricket, The Grouchy Lady Bug, and The Very Busy Spider. Little Miss Muffet will make a surprise visit. She needs our help and advice on “being friends with bugs!” Please join us on the last Friday of this four-week session. We’ll eat “spider cookies” and dance and sing “The Caterpillar Crawl.” 



Schedule and Tuition Information

July 7 -August 1



For children ages four – seven

(Entering Kindergarten, First, or Second Grade)

Monday–Friday - 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Session One (7/7 – 7/18)……..…$ 425.00

Session Two (7/218/1)….… $ 425.00

Sessions 1 & 2 ..……………….… $ 800.00



For children ages 3 (by June 1) – 4


Monday – Wed. - 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Session One (7/77/16)………. $ 285.00

Session Two (7/217/30)…….. $ 285.00

Sessions 1 & 2 ..…………………. $ 540.00




For children who will be three by 9/1

Thursday – Fri. - 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Four weeks (7/10 - 8/1)……..…... $ 265.00


For Children Ages 7-11:

Are you still wondering about your child's summer activities? Does your child have an insatiable curiosity, bounding creativity, and a solid sense of self and perseverance? This July, we will be offering two, week-long sessions of Tinkering Camp for children ages 7-11. Each week we will present a unique challenge designed to engage and grow our curiosity, creativity, self-expression and competency. Every project will be collaborative, hands-on and exciting. Tinkering camp is designed to inspire creative minds and practitioners of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math - who will better understand how things work and recognize the beauty within the world around us. These assumptions are basic to our work:

- Tinkering is a state of mind in which children instinctively thrive.
- Learning occurs through investigating, exploring and making.
- Freedom to fail is fundamental.
- The use of real tools (drills, hammers, hand saws) to tackle real problems creates an atmosphere of trust and responsibility.


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All sessions of Tinkering Camp will be taught by Lucy School teacher, James Erard. James started to tinker at an early age. This may explain the myriad of jobs he has had on farms, islands, ships, offices, science museums and schools. "Nothing saves the day like knowing how to fix a copier or pump, or recite a poem to friends."


Description of Weekly Sessions:
Boats (Week 1, July 21-25) - This week of naval architecture involves basic and
applied research, design, development, evaluation and calculations of a
model vessel for Lucy School's pond. Various materials and means of
propulsion will be explored.

Rube Goldberg Variations (Week 2, July 28 - August 1)
- An ultimate challenge in creativity
and collaboration, and figuring out how things work! This weeks inventors
will design a multi-step machine that will perform a simple task.

Each week we will have A) outdoor time B) imaginative play C) exploratory adventures D) building project time


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
(301) 293-1163
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