- 4 & 5 years old - Children entering Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten in September
Please note that to attend the ACS Athens Summer Camp children need to be fully potty trained.
The ACS Athens Early Childhood Program offers a creative and interactive Summer Camp! It is designed to keep each child’s body and mind active. It is focused on developmentally appropriate ways to engage children in various educational, fun, and imaginative activities. We aim to engage the children in social emotional development, teamwork, and problem solving skills all while staying physically active.
The Early Childhood Education classroom follows a weekly thematic curriculum and all the activities are related to the theme of the week.
In week 1, students will learn about amazing animals around the world. They will be exposed to fun and engaging activities learning about elephants, sharks, pandas, giraffes and more, while interacting with letters and numbers!
In week 2, they will explore the natural world while having fun with letters and numbers! They will have the opportunity to play cooperative games that teach nature concepts, crafts,scavenger hunts, songs,and stories.
In week 3, students will dive into learning with the space and robots theme! They will dive into outer space explorations learning about the solar system, astronauts, different kinds of robots while being exposed to english vocabulary and building their listening comprehension skills!
English is the language of instruction and the daily schedule includes listening to and reading stories to reinforce the English language. The daily schedule includes hands-on learning, games to build social skills, authentic and fun ABC activities to help strengthen pencil grasp, and artwork. Basic mathematical concepts are also reinforced through the use of games and manipulatives (cubes, pattern blocks, beads. etc).
Children will be exposed to a strong balanced learning program promoting and supporting healthy lifestyle habits through music, movement, singing, dancing, and age-appropriate group games. Children will also be engaged in sport activities, such as swimming, motor skills development, and many more! In addition a great deal of learning occurs through "free exploration" which is essentially classroom play involving cooperative learning and dramatic play. Most importantly they will be having fun!
Early Childhood Program A "typical" day’s schedule
|09:00 - 09:10||Arrival|
|09:10 - 10:00||Outdoor Games / Swimming|
|10:15 - 10:50||SNACK & Read aloud|
|11:00 - 11:30||Grow Up With Sports / Motor Skills|
|11:30 - 12:05||Fun with ABC's & Numbers|
|12:15 - 12:45||LUNCH|
|12:45 - 1:30||Playground Exploration|
|1:30 - 2:15||Arts & Crafts & Gameland|
|2:15 - 2:40||Free Exploration|
|2:40 - 3:00||Dance|
|3:00- 3:15||Learn with Tech|
|3:15 - 3:30||Clean Up & Dismissal|
* The order of activities is indicative and the schedule is subject to change.
Arts & Crafts
A time to be creative! When creating an arts and crafts project, children are able to develop their fine motor skills. Art also allows for your child to expand their essential vocabulary. Our creative arts and crafts projects will be aligned with our theme of the week.
Fun with ABC’s & Numbers
Children will be exposed to English vocabulary in developmentally appropriate ways. Activities vary throughout the day and include listening to stories, group work, collaboration with peers, artwork, singing, music, and games.
Free exploration/ Playground exploration
An essential learning element in Early Childhood is play. In the classroom, this center includes a housekeeping area, dolls and dollhouse, puppets, cars and trucks, building blocks, farmhouse and animals. Children will also be able to explore the equipment of the playground or create their own games with friends as free play outside.
Through board games, creative and team building activities, children will learn how to socialize, interact and use their creative thinking. An ideal opportunity for exploring the world of games while encouraging problem solving and developing communication skills.
Grow up with Sports/ Motor Skills/ Dance
Fun games and activities emphasizing proper and age appropriate motor skills. Children will develop their flexibility, range of motion, and physical strength through balance, skipping, hopping, dancing and other movement activities. They will also learn about teamwork and sportsmanship!
Learn with tech NEW!
Students will learn that they can use technology to expand their knowledge and practice their skills! This game-based learning will allow children to interact with numbers and letters while improving their critical thinking and problem- solving skills.
Reading aloud is an important tool for helping kids navigate the world. Not only it strengthens their language skills and imagination, but it also gives the children the chance to bond with each other. Reading aloud with children develops stronger vocabulary, builds connections and provides enjoyment.
Basic water exposure activities through which children will be introduced to the experience of pool activities. Swimming will allow students to build their strength, flexibility, balance while having fun in the water!