Our program emphasizes the importance of outdoor play, interaction, and imagination in the development of the whole child.
Enchanted Garden Summer Camp
The Enchanted Garden summer camp offers a balanced and holistic approach to early childhood development. Our program emphasizes the importance of outdoor play, interaction, and imagination in the development of the whole child.
About Our Program
The Enchanted Garden is an early childhood summer camp designed for children ages 3 ½ to 5. Our design is a collaborative effort between the Department of Sociology & Social Work and the Charlotte Schmidlapp Children’s Center at Mount St. Joseph University.
The Enchanted Garden will be offered in Summer of 2016. Additional details regarding enrollment are coming soon!
Social and emotional development begins early in life and is a critical component of later academic learning. An extensive body of social, neurobiological, and psychological research demonstrates that the emotional development of children is the foundation for critical thinking and problem solving, for the development of a child’s cognitive capacities, and for their academic and social success.
Despite a substantial body of childhood research documenting the importance of these core capacities, early childhood programming and education continue to overwhelmingly focus on cognition, language, and early literacy. While a child’s thinking capacities are certainly of great importance, preschool programs overwhelmingly neglect emotional and social development by focusing on early literacy and numeracy. This neglecting of children’s emotional and social development undermines their thinking and cognitive capacities.
Our program emphasizes the importance of outdoor play, interaction, and imagination in the development of the whole child. The daily camp rhythm embodies this evidence-based philosophy and aims to promote a full range of developmental capacities.
We provide a consistent daily rhythm that incorporates a range of music, movement, play, handcrafting, and story.
- Garden play with child-size wheelbarrows, shovels, and tools engages the whole sensory system and connects children to nature.
- Water obstacles and sand play develop physical capacities that are the foundation for later learning.
- Outdoor play in natural playscapes promotes imagination, socialization, gross and fine motor skills.
- Seasonal summer stories and songs teach time and rhythm.
- Art and handcrafts with natural materials.
- Whole, nutritious snack.
Meet Our Teachers
Linda Leisring is a Lead Preschool Teacher who has been working at the MSJ Children’s Center since 2008. She received a Bachelor of Education Degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph. Linda is married and has four children, one who is a Mount graduate and two who are currently attending the Mount. She loves to the outdoors and camping. She also enjoys reading, karaoke, and board games.
Helen LaGrange is an Assistant Preschool Teacher who has been working at the MSJ Children’s Center since 2011. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Xavier University. Helen is married and has four children. She loves to coach, attend her children’s sporting events, read, walk, travel, and participate in zumba.
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