Children in our Full Day Fours/Fives program are turning four by July 31, 2021 or entering Kindergarten in the Fall.
The camp program for children in the Four/Fives includes organized activities and outdoor play in their Homegroups, Homegroup “Focus” times, and Choice Classes which they select according to their interests.
A Homegroup is a consistent place, team of teachers, and group of children that meet over the course of camp. When registering, parents choose a Homegroup with a specific “Focus” that best suits their child’s interests. This “Focus” will drive some of the games and activities Homegroups experience during their time together.
Four/Fives Program Description
When registering, parents choose a Homegroup for their child. A Homegroup is a consistent place, team of teachers, and group of children that meet over the course of camp. Homegroup room doors open at 8:50am. Activities are set up throughout the room in order to engage children in the beginning of the camp day.
Since children in Little Red Summer Camp come from many different schools, morning meetings are an important time for campers to get to know each other and to establish a safe sense of community in the Homegroup. The meeting may include a song or game, time to discuss what will be happening during the day, and time for campers to share their thoughts and ideas.
Activities on the schedule such as Arts and Crafts or Outdoor Play take place with the Homegroup as will a dedicated time each day for the group’s “focus”. We use the Downing Street Park and our rubberized rooftop play area for outdoor activities. Groups may occasionally use the sprinklers, so we ask that campers keep a change of clothes and a swimming suit at camp.
Lunch for Four/Fives is provided Monday-Friday, and served in the Homegroup room. All ages have a snack of pretzels, cheese, fruit, water, and juice throughout the day.
Rest and Story Time or Quiet Play is simply an opportunity for children to quiet their senses without the demands of a structured activity. Some children may rest, while others may look at books, draw, or play quietly.
The camp day is closed by Afternoon Meeting, during which campers have a chance to reflect on the day and talk about what to expect for the next day.
Prior to the session, Campers and their families will choose Choice Class Bundles which are predetermined sets of two choice classes (indicated as “Choice A,” and “Choice B,”). Choice Classes meet consistently on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for an hour each day for the course of a two-week session. The classes are taught by Specialists and Head Counselors.
Different Choice Class Bundles are offered each session.
Theme Wednesday Activities
Every Wednesday camp adopts a specific theme. On the second Wednesday of the session, as camp doors open, campers will find themselves transported into a whole new environment. Theme Wednesdays provide Homegroups a great opportunity to work together and use their “Focus” to share and participate in a larger shared experience. Past theme favorites have included “The Shrinking Machine,” “Little Red Rocket Ship” or “Beach Day.”