July 2, 2008

Montessori Offers Summer Program

By Miranda C.R. White

REDLANDS - Elbow tag seemed to be the sport of the day for the kids at Montessori Elementary Summer Camp.

"We're trying to develop it more every year and see what works," said summer school teacher Emily Fitzgerald. "This year it seems to have gone well. The kids like to have a choice. They can do scrapbooking or outdoor sports, and the next two weeks there's puppet making or cooking to choose from."

Montessori is a non-profit school in Redlands for elementary-age children in the Inland Empire. The school's Elementary Summer Camp for first grade and above is offered for four two-week sessions from June 23 to Aug. 15.

"We're trying to develop further right now," Fitzgerald said. "We haven't necessarily had a program until this year, when we started establishing a choice of programs in the mornings and then kept things in the afternoon. They had another option in the afternoon, but only two children signed up for it. So we decided to go with swimming."

Twins Anjale and Naveen Carter-Rau, 8, have attended Montessori for six years.

"My favorite part of being here is I get to see different people that don't go to this school," Anjale said. "Most people do (come back) because they have siblings who come here, and some people come because they heard about it."

Danielle Lamprecht was hired seven months ago as the elementary school assistant.

"I want to be an elementary school teacher eventually and I love kids," Lamprecht said. "And I love the concept of Montessori education. We get to do fun things that are outside of schoolwork, and I get to hang out with kids that I don't get to hang out with in the everyday classroom."

The children have an opportunity in the afternoons to spend time with Redlands High School swim coaches.

"They love swimming, that's pretty much a given," Fitzgerald said. "They're given actual lessons at Redlands High School."

Children in the Montessori summer program learn the arts, humanities, and athletics. There are morning and afternoon activities.

Children can choose scrapbooking and homemade gifts or outdoor sports for the morning and swimming or cooking in the afternoon during session one.

Puppet making and reader's theater or printmaking and calligraphy for the morning and swimming or American sign language in the afternoon can be chosen during session two.

For session three, a Greek mythology theater workshop or cooking from the garden are offered in the morning, along with swimming or calligraphy and writing in the afternoon.

In the last session, morning activities are acrobatic skills or calligraphy and watercolors. For the afternoon, the choices are acrobatic skills or cuisine from around the world.

Swim lessons are for all levels and cover freestyle, the backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke.

The $470 sessions run June 23 to July 3, July 7 to 18, July 21 to Aug. 1, and Aug. 4 to 15.

Information: (909) 793-6989, or e-mail [email protected]

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