Children’s School takes a page from summer camp

Leah Harrison | Staff Writer

After eight weeks of fun, Children’s School wraps up its season with tents, hikes, insects and s’mores. Children ages 3, 4 and 5 will participate in activities more closely related to summer camp this week with a “Let’s Go Camping” theme.

Teachers Kathie Szabo, Sandi Holden, JoAnne Borg, Laura Vasisko and Kelly Fox will take the 3-year-olds camping. They will learn how to pitch tents, go for hikes around the Institution grounds, make binoculars and use them to investigate from a distance. They will also have a chance to make friendship bracelets and macaroni noodle necklaces with their new Children’s School buddies, to use sidewalk chalk to draw, and to make everyone’s favorite camping treat from marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate.

This week, the 4- and 5-year-olds will combine classes. Tina Jeffe, Cyndi Smith and Danielle Cookson from the Purple and Orange rooms will work with Bobbi Savage, Kim Raynor and Ben Rosen from the Blue and Yellow rooms to identify common insects with their students. They will also toss water balloons, play with a colorful parachute and go fishing in the pool. At the end of the week, kids will get to make shaving cream paintings and have a dance party.

On Wednesday, the whole school will bring their favorite stuffed animal to school to participate in a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The momentous occasion will include a visit from a librarian from the Smith Memorial Library who will read the story of the teddy bear’s picnic, jelly sandwiches and singing with music teacher Annie Palmquist.

The Carnegie Science Center will visit the 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds on Thursday, bringing its new program, “Big Sound, Little Sound.” In the presentation, kids will explore high and low sounds, loud and quiet noises, and identify animal sounds. They will also learn how music instruments resonate.