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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.


Download Enrollment Application and Contact Form for Tinkering Camp

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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Preschool Curriculum Print E-mail

At Lucy School, the arts are integrated as a lively and dynamic learning medium for young children that accommodates the curriculum while nurturing the need for play and active learning. Learning Projects (child initiated and/or selected by the teaching team) are introduced through related literature and an introductory drama activity:

  • Drama brings literature to life, creates a “living through” learning experience, and enriches dramatic play.
  • Music, Movement and Dance enhance the learning experience and facilitate multi-sensory learning.
  • Visual Arts based on the Reggio Emilia model, hones observation skills and fosters creative self-expression.
  • Free Play is interspersed throughout the day. Play environments are changed to reflect current projects.
  • Exploration of Nature enhances our learning and integrates related literature.


We are currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year 

Download the 2014-2015 Preschool Program Application.  Children must be three years old and fully toilet trained by September 1 to enroll (exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the school).


Download the 2014-2015 Young Threes Application.  Children must be turning three years old between September 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015 to enroll.  Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the school. Children must also be toilet trained.  For more details about the Young Threes Program, please click here.


We still have some spaces available for this current school year.  If you are interested in information about enrolling for the 2013-2014 school year, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 301-293-1163.



Monthly open houses are held at 9:00 on the second Tuesday of each month beginning in November and continuing through May. Space is limited and visits are by appointment. Please call 301.293.1163 or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule a visit. 


Little Lucy Parent and Child Class Print E-mail

Lucy School is excited to offer a Little Lucy for Parent and Child Class in Fall 2013 (for children 10-36 months old)!  This class is appropriate for families who have taken the class before, or for new families.


Sing and make music, move, imagine and explore with your child in this special class led by Lucy School preschool teacher Leta Brown.


Share playful songs and musical activities with your little one.

Observe and interact with nature through exploration and play.

Enjoy movement with simple dances and yoga postures.

Explore the imagination with story boxes and drama work for young children.

Create art and simple, healthy snacks together.


Have FUN with your child and meet other parents while enjoying the beautiful farm setting of Lucy School's 17-acre campus.    


Thursdays, 9:30-10:30

October 17, 2013-December 12, 2013 (8 weeks) *No class on November 21

Cost: $150   

If interested in registering, please email Summer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it BEFORE October 10!




Primary Curriculum Print E-mail

Lucy School offers a creative and challenging primary program: Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

Our arts-based primary curriculum is designed to provide the power, challenges, stimulation, and creative problem solving inherent in the creative process. This multisensory approach celebrates individual learning differences – nurturing all of the intelligences: linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.


Arts-Based Education. Our approach draws on the emotional, social and sensory dimensions of the arts to engage students, encourage critical thinking and influence development and learning across the curriculum. At Lucy School, the arts are an interdisciplinary partner with other subjects, and help orchestrate higher order thinking through creative problem solving.

Our curriculum is guided by the Maryland Content Standards of the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum that specifies what students should know and be able to do in four core content areas: English/language arts, math, science, and social studies. These standards provide a framework to help us determine teaching and learning priorities and to guide the design of our emergent curriculum, project choices, and related assessment.

A Project Approach. Teachers use “hands on” projects to guide children through in-depth studies of real world topics. The Project Approach is well suited to arts-based curricula. Both encourage a relationship between teacher and student that embraces the innate curiosity and rich potential of each child. Children are actively involved in their own learning, and generally produce work of a high quality.

Evaluation. Lucy School’s curriculum integrates evaluation of the children’s work and of the program on an ongoing basis. This process incorporates extensive documentation of children’s work including individual student portfolios, weekly review and planning meetings with teachers and artists, and an assessment of learning objectives conducted by the teacher three times annually.


It is our belief that through this innovative curriculum and teaching methodology, through parent involvement and community outreach, children will leave Lucy School’s Primary Program enlivened, with a lifelong love for learning, and a deep awareness of themselves and their relationship to family, the environment, the outside community and the world.


We are currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year.  Download the 2014-2015 Primary Application here. If you are interested in information about enrolling for the 2013-2014 school year, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 301-293-1163.



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