At Milton Montessori, we believe in encouraging and nurturing our students’ unique personalities and learning needs. No two children are the same, and the Montessori curriculum is created with that concept in mind. We recognize that learning begins at birth and is a lifelong process. When summer rolls around and school is out, it is important to continue providing your children with the individualized education they deserve to encourage self-esteem, support curiosity and build social skills. That is why we, at Milton Montessori, are proud to offer STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) summer camps for kids. Beyond providing a safe and educational summer experience for children, there are many benefits to enrolling your child in a summer camp.
Summer camps help children learn social skills.
When you enroll your child in summer camp, they are immediately involved in a community where creativity, critical thinking and cooperation are essential. This type of environment encourages children to interact with their peers, gaining problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of the Montessori method, recognized that a young child’s mind is very absorbent. She believed that the goal of the educational process should be to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn, rather than to just fill the child’s head with facts and information. At summer camp, your child will explore the successful and unsuccessful ways to communicate with people around them—these are valuable life skills that cannot be taught and must be learned by each child, at their own speed and in their own way.
They experience success and increased self-confidence at camp.
Summer camps involve multiple hands-on and critical thinking exercises to keep your child engaged. Children learn and grow at their own pace, in their own unique way, and they will all experience success (and failure) throughout the duration of the camp. There are learning opportunities in both failure and success, and your child will discover the best ways of reacting to both outcomes. When a child is successful, they begin to develop self-confidence and trust in themselves. They recognize that they have done something correct, received positive feedback and want to continue experiencing the positive feelings and confidence that are results of their success. On the other hand, self-confidence can be built in the face of failure. Learning from and correcting mistakes helps children build critical thinking and problem solving skills; once a mistake has be righted, the child will experience increased self-confidence as a result of working through and solving issues on their own.
Children build friendships at summer camp.
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of enrolling your child in summer camp is the lifelong friendships they will create with their peers. Making friends involves communication and cooperation, both of which are important skills that children teach themselves at summer camp. At Milton Montessori, we firmly believe that children learn best from other children. During their early formative years, children pull-in and absorb information from the world around them—they start to learn about successful and unsuccessful methods of communication and discover qualities and characteristics that they may or may not like in other people. Learning the social skills that it takes to build and nurture relationships is crucial for children at this age.
Yes, summer camps are fun, but that doesn’t mean they are completely void of work and activities that will require your child to think critically. In the safe, encouraging environment at summer camp, your child will be learn to set goals and take the necessary steps to achieve those goals. As previously discussed, learning opportunities reside in both success and failure. The focus, though, should not be on the final outcome, but rather on the process the child went through to achieve that outcome. When children set goals and work to achieve those goals, they quickly learn how great it feels to accomplish the task at hand. Whether it takes them one try or 20 tries to solve a problem, the importance is the learning that is happening.
Check out Milton Montessori’s camp schedule, today!
If you are interested in enrolling your child in one of our summer camps, call now! Spaces are limited and fill up fast, so don’t delay. We will also be hosting several in-house field trips throughout the summer! To learn more about our summer programs and what each camp offers, view the complete camp schedule, here. We are very excited about the fun and educational summer ahead, and we look forward to speaking with you soon.