Summer 2019

Summer Camp is offered for 3 to 7 year olds and Summer Parent-Child Classes are for toddlers to two year olds (who are currently enrolled at TCGP this year or the coming year). Summer camp program begins Tuesday, May 21 and is offered as four 3-week sessions until August 15. The parent-child class will be offered as two sessions – 10 Mondays and 10 Fridays, during the summer.

Summer Camp Information

The beautiful carefree summer days of childhood are vibrant and blooming at The Children’s Garden Preschool! Join us and give your child the magic of a Children’s Garden summer.  We offer 12 weeks of summer camp, in four 3-week sessions from May 21st to August 15th.  Our 2019 summer camp is open to children who are aged *3 years to 7 years, as of June 1st.

*Please speak with the director first about enrolling a child who is slightly younger than 3 or is new to TCGP.

Fill your child’s day with creative movement, circle games, watercolor painting, natural handcrafts, singing, storytelling, puppet shows, and plenty of outdoor activity in the morning sunshine.

The centerpiece of our morning is play – free, creative and unstructured play, indoors and outdoors – the true work, joy and developmental training ground of young children.

Outdoors, children will experience the summer beauty of our play yard and Grant Park.  Sand and water play with pails, shovels and tiny boats made of bark or leaves; bubbles, wood planks and tree stumps are among the children’s playthings.

Indoors, our teachers provide a rhythm of activities designed to bring balance to a child’s day, and a wealth of natural materials to give wings to the imagination. Our week includes lively stories, singing and circle games, baking or cooking, painting, handcrafts, gardening and nature walk. And every child will have the opportunity to work in the garden, tending to the summer vegetables, flowers and plants!

Daily Rhythm & Activities

9:15 to 9:30 – Arrival: Morning Drop-Off at the Play Garden Gate

9:30 to 10:30 – Outdoor Play/Activities and/or Nature Walk

10:30 to 11 – Welcome the Day/Circle, Creative Moment, Games

11 to 11:15 – Come Inside to Cubbies, Bathroom, Wash Hands

11:20 to 11:50 – Lunch & Clean Up

11:50 to 12:40 – Free Play & Indoor Activities*

12:40 to 12:55 – Clean Up from Indoor Activities & Wash Hands

12:55 to 1:15 – Snack & Clean Up (Wash Dishes and Tables)

1:15 to 1:30 – Story

1:30 to 1:35 – Dismissal: Good-Bye Circle with children, parents and teachers


*Indoor Activities

Snacks (Children Help Prepare Snack with Teachers)

  • Tuesday – Fresh Bread Baking or Cooking
  • Wednesday – Fresh Organic Fruit Salad
  • Thursday – Fresh Organic Veggies from the garden & Homemade Hummus

Creative Activities

  • Tuesday – Baking or Cooking (activity AND the snack that day)
  • Wednesday – Handcrafts
  • Thursday – Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting

Purposeful Work Each day, children help in the classroom and are involved in washing dishes & tables, sweeping, table setting, plant care, paint board washing, laundry folding, water pouring at snack and more.



Camp sessions run Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 9:15am to 1:35pm

Summer Camp Fees

  • There is a non refundable supplies and registration fee of $30 per child for each 3-week session.  The fee covers craft, painting, baking and all snack and classroom supplies.
  • Each 3-week camp session fee is $450
  • Camp registration fee/s and tuition fees are strictly non-refundable.
  • Checks should be made payable to The Children’s Garden Preschool (or TCGP).

Summer Camp Registration

Registration information, dates and policies are as follows–

  • Summer camp registration begins March 1 for all in-house TCGP families in a priority enrollment period that lasts till March 14.  The public or new families may register beginning March 15.
  • Summer camp registration is open to children aged 3 to 7 (age as of June 1st 2019).
  • We offer 12 weeks of summer camp, in four 3-week sessions from May 21st to August 15th. We are closed the week of July 4th.
  • The summer camp program is taught by our trained teachers.
  • Registration fee ($30 per 3-week session) must be submitted with your child’s summer camp registration.
  • Payment DEADLINE for camp tuition fees is Wednesday, May 15th, 2019.
  • Camp fees not paid in full by the May 15th due date may result in forfeiture of camp placement for the session or sessions registered.
  • Registration for Summer camp is first come, first served.  Space is limited.
  • In the event TCGP must regroup ages or cancel camp sessions, parents will be notified immediately.  If TCGP must cancel any session of camp due to the enrollment minimum not being met, a credit or refund will be issued to affected families.


Snack and Lunch

Snack is provided by the preschool (please see the list above). Children will need to come to camp with a packed lunch each day and a bottle of water. We encourage healthy food choices and plenty of water. Use of ice packs in lunch boxes is especially recommended at this time of year.

What to Bring

  • ALL items from home must be labeled with your child’s name.
  • A seasonal change of clothing, including underwear (labeled) should be sent in on the first day.
  • Lunch and a full bottle of water.
  • We request that you apply sunscreen and/or insect repellant BEFORE coming to camp each day.
  • Your child’s camp teachers will communicate with you regarding any additional items to bring.


Children should be dressed in cool, breathable, comfortable clothing. NO Flip-Flops, please–for safety reasons. Sandals or canvas (Tivas, Keenes, Crocs, tennis shoes or the like are strongly preferred). Children will be engaged in activities such as food preparation, baking, crafts and painting; so please dress your child in suitable clothing.

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Parent-Child Classes

Parents and children (ages 18 months to 35 months – so, under three) join together in a class that focuses on a connection with nature and imitates the rhythms and atmosphere of a Waldorf-inspired early childhood class experience. Classes are taught by Sally Hansen, an experienced Holistic Early Childhood teacher. Outdoor time is a part of each class, as weather permits. Classes meet for 2 1/2 hours.

Toddlers and two’s, with their parents, are welcomed to sweet, sunny summer mornings in a series of ten Monday dates and ten Friday dates at The Children’s Garden!

Children are guided through the morning by the gently rhythm of circle time, creative play, snack, and story time. Young children learn through imitation. With this in mind, we kindly request that parents participate in each of these activities or help with daily tasks depending on the lead given by the teacher.

Parents have an opportunity to mingle with each other to discover the framework of Waldorf-inspired best practices, while exploring the importance of rhythm in the home, early movement on motor organization and speech development, and how to support their child’s budding interest in play. During class, Sally will offer information and give parents an opportunity to discuss child development, parenting questions, and Waldorf education with an experienced teacher. 

Daily Rhythm & Activities

9 to 9:40 – Arrival, indoor play, tasks as needed, baking with all

9:45 to 9:55 – Clean up

9:55 to 10:05  – Circle and movement

10:05 to 10:15 – Wash hands and come to the table

10:15 to 10:35 – Snack

10:35 to 10:45 – Story or other activity

10:50 to 11:25 – Outdoor play, yard tidy up

11:25 to 11:30 – Good-Bye Circle


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