Summer camp at Dancing Pines Montessori School will provide a unique and wonderful experience for your child.  All children, even those who do not attend Dancing Pines Montessori, are welcome. Each day, your child will have the privilege of enjoying outdoor education, swimming, cooking, art, sports, biking, theater, and hiking, as well as life on our tiny suburban farm.

Each week is themed differently to provide fun and diverse experiences for new and returning students.  Our camps fill up quickly. All camps accept ages 3-12.  Register now!

June 26-30, 9am-3pm – Music Camp:

We will be learning about different instruments, how sound is made with vibration, the different instrument families:  the string family, the wind family, and the brass family. We will learn about major scales, and minor scales.  We will be matching the pitched bells to one another by playing the matching game.  We will make our own instruments and we will explore all the different instruments that we have here at school (violin, bass, guitar, ukelele, clarinet, cornet, drums and piano. We will go on a musical scavenger hunt.  During the week, I will bring my bass over and play pieces from the “Carnival of the Animals” and other symphonies from various composers such as Beethoven and Mozart. We learn about an opera during music camp as well. We learn the story behind the opera and we learn specific songs from the opera.

July 10-14, 9am-3pm Sports Camp

Kids will learn soccer skills, basketball skills, and gymnastics skills during this super fun week. We will be learning how to do beam and bars, we will learn how to stretch and bend in ways they have never bent before J

We have a guest basketball star (Keith Jeffries) helping out this week to teach basketball skills to all the kiddos. He plays on the Kentridge Basketball Team.

They will also be able to swim each day if the weather is warm enough.

July 17-21, 9am-3pm Art Camp

We learn about artists and their techniques. We copy the artists and create our own versions of famous pieces of art. We study Van Gogh, Monet, Jackson Pollock, and Mary Cassatt. We throw paint, we use our artist’s eyes to “see” the world differently and represent through various mediums. Children get to revel in the world of pure creativity. We will hold an art show at the end of the week.

July 24-28, 9am-3pm Spy Camp – CLOSED

This week we will learn how to read maps and find hidden objects using maps and compasses. We will be camouflaging our faces and leaning how to sneak up on each other. We will make periscopes! We will end the week by playing capture the flag!

July 31-August 11, 9am-2pm Drama Camp

Jenny Hall our Drama specialist will conduct two weeks of Drama camp ending in a fabulous play. What’s the play you ask? MOANA! This camp will be two weeks long in order to have enough time to learn lines and make the sets. The camp is shorter by one hour to accommodate Jenny’s schedule as a working Seattle actor. We are very fortunate to get to have Jenny Hall as a drama camp teacher as she is a working professional Seattle actor! She is amazing! If you don’t already know Jenny, you will grow to love her.

Here are a few reasons why drama camp is a great choice for your child:
1. Drama builds confidence
2. Drama helps concentration
3. Drama helps develop language and communication skills
4. Drama encourages children to cooperate
5. Drama helps children to understand the world around them
6. Drama develops emotional intelligence
7. Drama assists physical development
8. Drama develops creativity
9. Drama nurtures friendships

 

Camp

Cost, Registration Fee,  & Supply Fee

Total

Music

June 26 – 30
9am-3pm

$215 + $40 + $0 $255
Sports

July 10 – 14,
9am – 3pm

$215 + $40 + $0 $255
Art

July 17 – 21
9am-3pm

$215 + $40 +$20 $275
Spy

July 24 – 28
9am-3pm

Closed Closed
Drama

July 31 – Aug. 11
(2 weeks)
9am-2pm

$430 + $40 + $0 $470

In order to make your child’s experience the best possible, we do require the following:

Participants need to bring a backpack with a full change of clothing, a swim-suit and towel, as well as a labeled water bottle and lunch box (no paper bags, please). Please remember to pack all necessary utensils for your child’s lunch and to pack foods that do not require heating. We are a nut-free facility, but do allow soy butter and sun butter to be used in sandwiches. Every child needs to wear sturdy shoes (no sandals or open toed shoes are allowed), as we hike and have daily outdoor adventures. Please also provide labeled sunscreen to be applied to your child throughout the day, as it tends to get very hot during the summer months.