Summer Camp 2018



Our Summer Camp Program is open to all children between the ages of 2 to 9 years, regardless of whether they are currently enrolled at MCDB.   We especially love to welcome back MCDBG alumni students!


Please note that the school will be closed for students on the following dates:

    • June 25th – June 29th (Summer Camp Preparation)
    • July 4th (Independence Day Holiday)
    • August 27th – August 31st (New School Year Planning/CPR/First Aid training, etc.)



  • Children who have a 12 month contract for school year 2018-2019 will automatically be enrolled in all the summer camps with no additional fee.

The weekly camp fees are as follows (for those children not on a 12 month contract):

Pre-Primary (2 to 3 years)

8:45am – 11:45am – $275/week ($225 for the week of July 4th)

8:45am – 3:00pm – $375/week

8:45am – 6:30pm – $450/week

8:45am – 3:00pm – $1,225/month

8:45am – 6:30pm – $1,475/month

** The tuition for 2 or more consecutive weeks will be pro-rated according to this monthly tuition.


Primary (3 to 9 years) – Must be toilet-trained

8:45am – 11:45am – $250/week ($225 for the week of July 4th)

8:45am – 3:00pm – $325/week

8:45am – 6:30pm – $425/week

8:45am – 3:00pm – $1,125/month

8:45am – 6:30pm – $1,400/month

**The tuition for 2 or more consecutive weeks will be pro-rated according to this monthly tuition. 


Pre-Primary Class

During the summer months, we continue to provide our toddlers with a prepared environment that encourages independent exploration and movement.  The children will work with developmentally appropriate Montessori materials to satisfy their inner impulse for learning.

 Primary Transition Class

The transition class is geared towards three year olds, particularly those new to Montessori and those transitioning from the pre-primary class to the primary class.  When the children initially enter the primary classroom, the Montessori trained teacher will introduce them to all the different areas of the classroom.   The students will experience what a typical schedule is like in the primary classroom, with the benefit of a smaller teacher/student ratio than in a typical primary class.  The students will experience the full work cycle including circle time and independent work time.  The smaller class size will help the younger students get accustomed to becoming more independent with snack and lunch time, in addition to toileting and using the bathroom on their own.

Summer Camp

Our Summer Camp Program is for children ages four and over.   During the summer, we carefully put away many of our Montessori materials, and turn our attention to a variety of exciting, weekly themes.  These themes offer a fun way to focus on special areas of interest that we are not able to delve into during the school year.  Please take a moment to look at the various themes we will feature this summer.


POP on over for Bubble Fun! (Monday, July 2nd – Friday, July 6th)

Children of all ages love to blow, watch, chase and play with bubbles.  They are a universal source of entertainment as children and adults alike are attracted to the calming nature of the fragile, translucent, rainbow hued, balls floating through the air.   This week, we will not only enjoy the beauty and magic of bubbles, but we will learn all about the science behind them.  We will study concepts such as elasticity, surface tension, chemistry, light, and even geometry. We will observe all the characteristics of bubbles, create our own bubble wands, draw pictures of bubbles, experiment with different types of objects to use as wands, how to make different shaped bubbles, etc.  We will figure out what makes a bubble float and pop.  Lastly, we will make our own bubble mixture and create gigantic bubbles!

Explore, Learn and Protect Our National Treasure – The Great Outdoors (Monday, July 9th – Friday, July 13th)

“Explore, Learn and Protect” – That is the mission of the National Park Service Junior Rangers. This week our campers will become Junior Rangers as we “travel” across the country exploring a variety of our National Parks.  We will study Yosemite, The Grand Canyon in Arizona, Glacier National Park in Alaska, Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and one of our hometown favorites, Shenandoah National Park, right here in our own backyard. Not only will we learn about our national parks, we will learn how to connect with and enjoy the great outdoors!  We will pitch a tent and set up our own campsite (indoors!).  We will learn how to navigate using a compass. We will set out on nature walks and look for wildlife, bugs, birds, rocks and more. Our week would not be complete without making S’Mores….of course!

Field Trip – We will end the week with a visit to nearby Theodore Roosevelt Island to enjoy the nature trails and hear from a park ranger about the significance of this island in relation to the history of the National Parks. 

Shadow Play (Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th)

Shadows can be fun and exciting and sometimes scary! In this camp we will learn all about how shadows are produced, the role light plays and how and why they change.  We will make shadow puppets and play shadow games too.  We will have fun discovering how shadows are home to some pretty spectacular creatures.  Throughout the week, the children will practice how to make shadow puppets.  At the end of the week, the children will put on a shadow puppet show for parents to come and enjoy.

Farm to Table at the “Montessori Café” (Monday, July 23rd – Friday, July 27th)

Soup’s on! Join us for a week of culinary delight. We will start the Farm to Table journey by visiting a local farm to learn what life on a farm is all about. We will learn about the plant cycle, identifying the ways plants, vegetables and fruits grow and how differing environments affect their growth and taste. We will pick out vegetables and fruits, to bring back to school with plans to turn them all into delicious treats.  We will design our own aprons and create our own cookbooks and menus.  Each day, we will use the ingredients we gathered on Monday to make unique treats, which will be featured for snack or lunch in our own “Montessori Cafe”.  Bon Appetit!

Field Trip – We will start the Farm to Table journey by visiting a local farm to get vegetables and fruit to prepare during the week. 

DaVinci’s Designs – Inventor and Artist (Week 1) (Monday, July 30th – Friday, August 3rd)   Leonardo DaVinci is known as an incredible artist, inventor, scientist, mathematician and engineer and widely regarded as one of the most diversely talented individuals to ever have lived.  Join us for two weeks of camp as we explore both his passion for inventing and art.  During our first week of camp, we will learn all about DaVinci’s childhood, his work, studies and ideas.  We will find inspiration in the importance and joy he found in learning.  We will try our hand at recreating some of DaVinci’s most amazing inventions. We will build our own submarines, catapults, flying machines, and test our own parachutes.  We will draw inspiration from the armored tank, diving suit, bicycle and airplane that he designed centuries before they were ever actually built.

Presentation – We will enjoy a visit from the Valley Makers Association, a group of local inventors, who will help our campers brainstorm and create their very own inventions.

DaVinci’s Designs – Inventor and Artist (Week 2) (Monday, August 6th – Friday, August 10th)    

During our second week of DaVinci camp, we will focus on DaVinci’s artwork.  Best known for his works such as the Mona Lisa, Last Supper and St. John the Baptist, he also sketched the Vitruvian Man, the Study of a Tuscan Landscape and sculpted the famous work of Horse and Rider in beeswax. We will learn to make our own paints just as DaVinci did, and create our own unique masterpieces.  We will try our hand at Fresco Painting by making our own plaster and painting our creation.  We will test out DaVinci’s theory of the proportion of the human body by measuring our body parts and logging the results, just as the Vitruvian Man sketch illustrates.

Field Trip – During his lifetime, DaVinci extensively wrote and sketched about ideas such as flying machines and the nature of air and bird flight. We will wrap up our study of DaVinci with a visit to the local Manassas Airport to explore DaVinci’s fascination with the possibility of mechanical flight and how the ideas have come to fruition in the modern era.

World Cup Soccer – Russian Adventure (Monday, August 13th – Friday, August 17th)

This summer Russia will host the FIFA 2018 World Cup, the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world. Not only will our campers practice soccer skills, such as dribbling, passing and shooting, but we will also explore the host country of Russia.   We will travel to Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, the main venue and the heart of the tournament, located along the Moscow River and opposite the beautiful Vorob’evy Hills Natural Park.    We will explore Russian culture and history.  We will exercise our bodies and work together, recognizing the important role that teamwork plays in the exciting sport of soccer.  We can’t wait to see you on the pitch!

Play the Powhatan Way – (Monday, August 20th – Friday, August 24th)

Have you ever wondered about the people who lived in your backyard hundreds of years before you did? Join us this week as we explore the history, culture, games, food and fun of the Powhatan Native Americans.  We will build a life size Long House in our classroom, much like the permanent homes of the Powhatan. We will learn about the importance of storytelling and how it was used to pass down traditions, such as local customs, how to live off the land, and how to survive in the natural environment in which they lived. In their tradition, we will share stories with each other inside the Long House, while using our very own talking sticks. We will even try our hand at cooking native foods of the Powhatan.   We will learn about Native American games, dances and songs as well.




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