Thanks to widely-popularized educational and neuroscientific research, it seems like everyone is (finally!) talking about progressive education! We all want our children to be engaged citizens, stewards of the earth, joyful learners, and innovative thinkers—a radical idea when Green Acres School championed it in the 1930s. Now we know that cultivating this type of scholarship and leadership is more essential than ever—and Green Acres is proud to be among the original progressive schools in the nation.
On Sunday, October 28 from 1:30-3:30 PM, families are invited to discover what authentic progressive education looks like at Green Acres School’s “Hands-On, Not Heads-Down!” Discovery Day. The afternoon will showcase all that progressive education has to offer through a variety of challenging, engaging, and fun activities. Learn more here.
There's something for everyone at Discovery Day and this event is not to be missed. Current and prospective families are welcome, as well as curious community members! RSVP to Judy: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our camp website will be updated by November 15, 2018. Please check back!
Kreative Kangaroos (Unit K)
- Kreative Kangaroos must be four years old by September 1, 2018 and will be entering a PK program in the Fall 2018.
- The Kreative Kangaroo program is one six-week session offered from June 25 - August 3, 2018.
- Campers must be toilet trained prior to starting camp.
To promote a nurturing environment, we keep the activity groups small—typically six children. Campers are introduced to the wonders of summer camp. The camp day is a creative mix of indoor and outdoor activities and a balance of free choice and structured time. During the morning each camper fills his/her activity period with an activity available in the classroom or one from a Special Subject. Each week features a different theme (Sports, Under the Sea, Outer Space, etc) and campers rotate through four theme related activities which change each week with the new theme. Campers have instructional swim in the camp pool five days a week. Our certified instructors accommodate each camper based on his/her level of comfort in the water.
The Unit is led by a Unit Leader with a Head Counselor, one counselor, one CIT, and one student service learning counselor assisting. A counselor will accompany his/her group throughout the camp morning to ensure continuity for the children. Campers bring a lunch daily; a healthy snack, milk, and water are provided. The lunches are not refrigerated. We also offer hot and cold lunch selections delivered to camp through the Smart Lunches program at www.smartlunches.com.
Click on an activity for more information.
Campers have fun and develop athletic skills through many different kinds of team games and activities. Organized sports games during the Specials period will be a team sports (i.e. t-ball or soccer). Before each game, campers will participate in short drills to practice basic skills like dribbling, catching and throwing. Green Acres favorites like freeze tag, parachute games, balloon relay races, and gaga will continue to be offered as Choice Time activities in the afternoon.
Campers embark on a musical journey into exploring rhythm and melody and creating new songs of their own. We start by learning to sing and move to a song, and then isolate specific parts to use in creating new compositions of our own. Campers enjoy creating rhythms to play with different instruments and making their own melody patterns. Campers have fun playing new rhythms on different instruments and forming a band with overlapping rhythms. On the rhythmic front, campers used three different percussion instruments in groups to create a rhythm ensemble that included different patterns that all fit together into a unified whole. Being part of a group like this is a wonderful way to experience the music and see how each member adds to the whole!
The Kreative Kangaroo room opens right onto a playground featuring a large sandbox, a ship to climb on, and extensive play areas with swings, several play houses, and numerous climbing structures and slides. It is shaded, too!