Kingsley’s Summertime Program Stresses Science and Arts

March 12, 2013
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The Kingsley Montessori School has a new initiative for their Summertime Program that involves having a greater focus on integrating science and art into students’ learning activities. Beau Kenyon, Director of Extra-Curricular Programs, has been researching into STE(+a)M education, which incorporates the traditional subjects of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics into multifaceted projects.

“I was excited to steer the summer program more toward a learning institute for kids,” says Kenyon about the three, two-week long sessions from June to August. “And also taking what Montessori does well in terms of its founding philosophies and expanding from that.”

Each course has a theme that centers on collaborating as a team and investigating the neighborhood. For students enrolled in early arrival and extended day, highlighted activities will include yoga, movement exercises, outdoor play, arts and crafts, and community building games. Private music lessons in piano, violin, viola, and cello, and math and writing tutoring sessions are also available for grades 1-6.

“We’re planning to do daily trips. We’re in a fortunate location in the heart of Back Bay,” explains Kenyon. “There are so many things going on here in Boston. This is a way for students to have a complimentary experience.”

Students will visit places that relate to the curriculum, like the Boston Opera House, the Old North Church, Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine arts, the Museum of Natural History, and the MIT Museum.

The Kingsley will be introducing their Summertime Program and hosting a meet the neighborhood schools event on May 15 as an open house for schools to showcase their programs, administrative directors to network, and families to visit.

“It’s hands-on exploratory learning,” emphasizes Kenyon. “It’s going to be a light-hearted, fun, and creative summer for these kids.”

To learn more about the Kingsley Summertime Program, offered to children ages 3-12, contact Beau Kenyon at (617) 226-4903, or bkenyon@kingsley.org.

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