The first week of Jarrow’s Summer Camp has been filled with joy and laughter, blooming friendships, and much discovery!
The Primary children, (ages 3-6) delved into the world of modes of transportation. Children learned about historical inventors of cars and planes, and how steam and fuel are used to power machines. Learning and inspiration led to construction – as Primary Campers built their own, original modes of transportation.
As part of Week One, we were delighted to have children new to Jarrow join us at both of our camps. We experienced the beautiful kindness of the “elders” of our community welcome them with gentle words, offers to collaborate in play, and in some cases, sweet hugs and hands held. Our children know the richness of belonging, and with Montessori’s lessons of Grace & Courtesy, it comes naturally to Jarrow students to welcome new members to the community and help them feel at home.
Our week ended with a splash! The children enjoyed the pure pleasure of water play with buckets and hoses. They built elaborate streams in our Primary playground, used water tables to practice pouring, enjoyed many trips down our inflatable water slide, and engaged with intention in the Practical Life of work cleaning with buckets and soap.
Montessori offers a different relationship to joy (often exuberance) and deep satisfaction than what many of us have in mind as the definition of play. In a Montessori environment, we don’t see children exhibiting wild, loud, impulsive actions one often witnesses when groups of young children are together. Does this mean they are not having fun? They are not being children? Nothing can be further from the truth, and this week we saw the beauty of play unfolding with purposeful choices, joyous exchanges and harmonious endeavors. In Montessori, child
And, might we add, also knows how to have fun!
We look forward to seven more weeks of discovery, learning and good times together. There is still room for you to join us. Click here for registration information. Yay Camp!