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: email@example.com.
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Junior Camp (Units A -C)
|Camp Unit||Current Grade (18-19 school year)|
|Unit A||Pre - Kindergarten|
| Unit C
Campers enjoy several fun activities each day - they choose at least one activity for themselves along with swimming and plenty of time on the playground! The Specials Activity period ensures each camper tries each activity in order to expand their interests. The activities are developmentally appropriate and, at times, may be generated from the campers’ suggestions, interests, and experiences.
In our relaxed environment, junior campers delight in having the freedom to pursue a special interest, as well as the opportunity to develop a new one. The highlight of the summer for each unit is their Special Day when the activities revolve around a particular theme and Units B & C even stay late on campus.
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The beach entrance and shallow teaching well at our pool is useful for young swimmers. We use a Red Cross certified instruction program which we supplement with Mr. Blue songs and pool teaching aids developed by Julie Gross, a certified water safety instructor and elementary school teacher. For more information, please visit Lessons With Julie. Because we want children to develop a love of swimming, we do not force children to do anything other than to dress in their bathing suits and come to the pool. We evaluate where campers are as it relates to their comfort level and skill and then divide into small teaching groups to work on strokes, turns, and diving. Counselors are in the pool assisting the swim staff which helps to keep the teaching groups small.
Learning to measure, mix, and bake are the goals in cooking activities – and eating the finished product of course! Campers bake muffins, biscuits, and make ‘dirt’ pudding.
The art room is a creative place with young artists expressing themselves artistically with projects like scrapbooks, cloth puppets, crazy character hair planters (stockings filled with seeds and decorated to look like a character which grow hair when the seeds sprout!), paper mosaics in the shapes of lizards, butterflies and fish, sequin butterfly pictures, and fluorescent painted fans. Sewing, weaving, and tie-dying are also popular. After the campers complete their daily project, the campers are free to explore activities in watercolors, drawing, stencils, and beading.
Science classes always start with a question such as “What kinds of living things are in our natural habitat?” Campers then take a nature walk to our creek and the surrounding areas on campus, observe living things, and identify insects and native trees. Campers also explore many scientific areas through a variety of experiments and hands-on activities in the classroom.
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.