My Montessori Summer

As part of my offering to God, I write curriculum for and aid in the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Peter, Episcopal’s summer program.  We began a new experience this year.  We realize that in a city that is called the Holy City because of the sheer number of churches, we didn’t want to compete. So we decided to do two multi-age, multi-week programs.  The 6 to 12 year-old camp is on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 7:00 and the younger children are on Friday mornings from 9:00 to 11:30.
Today began the younger camp.  We are reading a lovely book about the love of God and winding our way through the back roads of the Old Testament as we look at the height, weight, noise, depth, etc of the Love of God. My job was to create environments that were age appropriate – 18 months to 3 years  and 3 years to 6 years.
Since we were looking at the height of God’s love today – higher than the stars in the sky, the 3 to 6 children worked with stars.  We spooned and scooped stars.  We counted and sorted stars.  We did a presentation on stellar-neucleaosynthesis.  We spoke (and interacted in a giant sand box) about Abraham’s promise from God that his decedents would be like the stars in the sky.
We hung constellations on the walls.  We counted one of the story teller’s polka-dotted pants to see if we could count the stars in the sky.  We looked through binoculars and tried to count the leaves on the tree.  It was relaxing to work with Casa children after wrestling with Elementary children for so long.
The children left the classroom and headed to music, play, and art.  A morning well spent.
I’ll tell you about the older kid’s camp soon.
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