Summer Program

Summer Discovery Program – 2019

Welcome to the Pincushion Hill Montessori School summer program. We are guided by the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori and are a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures lifelong love of learning. Pincushion’s Summer Discovery Program offers fun-filled adventures tailored for children 2.9 years old through 10 years old. Our discovery sessions explore a variety of themes including ocean studies ( this summer’s theme ), gardening, wildlife, exploration of the natural world, creating and building, water play, lego programs, arts and crafts, and music and movement. Please see below this summer’s weekly theme – Why are the Oceans so Important?

Our extensive and mature gardens offer pure fun to explore everything from growing annuals, per annuals, flowers, herbs, and vegetables. The weekly seasonal harvest yields many varieties of food for cooking and baking projects.

Throughout the summer a local Ashland community service person will be invited to speak about their professions – Fire, Police, Dental, Health, Librarian, and others pertaining to our summer theme.

Theme- Why are the Oceans so Important?

The ocean is the heart of the planet. Water covers more than two thirds of the Earth’s surface. Sea plants, like posidonia, produce 70% of the oxygen we breathe and the deep waters are home to wildlife and some of the biggest creatures on Earth. It provides us with food, jobs, life, entertainment, and boating! Without it we cannot survive. Why should we care so much about the creatures that live in the ocean? Does it matter if a species disappears? What does that mean for us?

Areas of exploration include: What does the floor of the ocean look like?, What is the water cycle?, What is an ecosystem?, and What is a coral reef?

Weekly sessions begin June 17, 2019 and run through August 16, 2019. Summer Hours are 8:30a.m. to 5:30p.m. Whether joining us for part of the summer or the entire 9-week program of exploration all children are sure to enjoy learning, playing, and creating in our indoor and outdoor classrooms.

Application Guidelines – 2019

A non-refundable application fee of $50 is due with the completed 2019 Summer Application. The balance is due by June 14, 2019. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once your registration is processed. Please email ([email protected]), drop off, or mail your completed application to Pincushion Hill Montessori School, 30 Green Street, Ashland, MA 01721.

A Typical Day at the Summer Discovery Program

  • 8:30 a.m. – Greetings and arrivals
  • 9:00 a.m. – Morning theme exploration and snack
  • 10:00 a.m. – Garden fun and harvest
  • 11:00 a.m. – Recess
  • 12:00 noon – Lunch (outside or inside)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Rest time ( younger children nap or rest, older children engage in Ocean Studies)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Water Play
  • 3:30 p.m. – Evening Snack
  • 4:00 p.m. – Language Art Fun and Mathematics
  • 5:30 p.m – Dismissal
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