Summer Seed Camp

Join us for fun at our Summer Seed Camps!                                           
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July 19-22    Rainbows and Bubbles
Come chase bubbles and rainbows! We’ll spend the week making and exploring rainbows and bubbles, including making our own bubble juice, wands and rainbow catchers. We’ll spend lots of time outside blowing and chasing bubbles and running through the sprinkler too!

August 2-5   Summertime in the Garden
Inch by inch, row by row, come help our garden grow! Dig in the soil, plant seeds and harvest food from the garden to make yummy snacks each day. Our week will also include some old fashioned summertime fun like making ice-cream, blowing bubbles, and building homes for the garden fairies and gnomes.

Our camps are for children ages 3-6.5 and run Tuesday through Friday  from 9:30-1:30.  We meet at our classroom space at 954 Tunnel Road.  Camp includes stories, songs and crafts to go along with the week’s theme. We will also make and share a nutritious snack each day. Please send a packed lunch.

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The cost is $140 per week, due at registration.  If you are interested or desire more information, please fill out the contact form below.

Rosie the Apples, Crimson the Leaves

Today we went to the Long Branch Environmental Education Center in Leicester, NC, to pick apples and look for signs of Autumn. Many parents tagged along as well as several smaller siblings. It was a GORGEOUS day! Once we had all arrived, we gathered in front of the main building to have our morning snack which is our weekly loaf of bread made by the children earlier in the week. Afterwards we all headed up the hillside to the orchard where we gathered apples to take home and for making yummy snacks in the classroom next week. Paul, of LBEEC, met us under the trees just as we had filled our baskets and told us the local Native American story of how the mountains and valleys were made by the wings of the turkey vultures. Then Ms. Katy told us Susan Down‘s story of how apples got a star inside to house their seeds. Afterwards we sang apple songs while passing around yummy apple pieces which Ms. Katy cut up for everyone. While we were walking back down the hill to the picnic tables to eat lunch we came across a friendly black garden snake. We left him to bask in the sunshine while we ate our lunches and said goodbye. It was a great day and we look forward to going again next year!

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May Day

We celebrated May Day this week with a traditional May pole dance, flower crowns and a picnic lunch. The children also painted coffee filters which were turned into clothespin butterflies and wrapped ribbons onto fairy sticks. Children and parents alike painted a canvas which will become our new classroom flag. It was a gorgeous day!

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Ice Castles in the Mud

It has been a snowy winter here in WNC. To help the children explore our icy surroundings, Ms. Katy put together a sensory table using blocks of ice, colored water, eye droppers, and salt. The kids would put salt on the ice blocks to help it dissolve and then squirt colored water into the melted crevices. The shapes and colors created were magical! Later, during our outside playtime, the kids found chunks of ice frozen in the dirt and happily spent the afternoon digging them up from the mud!

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Apple Picking

Today we went to the Long Branch Environmental Center for a day of apple picking. It was a gorgeous fall day and the dappled light coming through the trees was magical! After we had gathered apples to our hearts’ content, we sat in a circle to listen to Ms. Katy tell the story of The Red House with No Doors, No Windows, and a Star Inside. Then we headed down the hillside for a little berry picking, too. Afterwards we gathered at the pond for a picnic lunch before heading home.

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