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Do Your Kids Need Summer Plans?

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Did you know that the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School in Beverly offers a wide variety of one-week summer sessions for grades 1-8 and great options for younger children too!

Think Paddle boarding, trips to museums, surfing, cinematography, BMX-biking, hiking with the AMC, soccer, rock on and join a band, geology on Thompson Island, beaches, the Sea Station Endeavour, art, theatre arts, and even camps run in conjunction with The Hive and Maritime Gloucester.  

CLICK HERE FOR SUMMER ADVENTURES INFORMATION   Including locations, descriptions, schedule, and much more

CLICK HERE FOR DESCRIPTIONS OF SESSIONS AVAILABLE FOR GRADES 1st-8th.

and see below…

Week 1: June 20- June 24

4 MUSEUMS & A SKETCHBOOK (Grades 1-8)

Learn about the history of art through four amazing museums– The Museum of Fine Arts,The Institute of Contemporary Art, The DeCordova, and our local Peabody Essex Museum.

In minimalist fashion, all you need is a water bottle, lunchbox, and *sketchbook. Develop your ability to sketch and your power of observation while harnessing the power of the masters. (*Provided)

SOCCER (Grades 1-8)

Professional coaching with Kyle Yellin will allow all players to gain a better understanding of, and continued passion for, the game.

Week 2: June 27- July 1

SOCCER (Grades 1-3)

Professional coaching with Kyle Yellin will allow all players to gain a better understanding of, and continued passion for, the game.

CLAY DREAMING (Grades 1-3)

Expand your skills working with clay at Clay Dreaming Studio in Beverly. Lessons will allow the students to work at their own pace and developing their growing understanding of the medium and ability to work through the multi-stepped process of designing an original piece.

GEOLOGY & THOMPSON ISLAND (Grades 4-8)

Hiking, geology, outward-bound experience at Thompson Island is the adventure of a lifetime! This island, located 2-miles offshore from downtown Boston, is an Outward Bound Education Center where the students will spend a full-day engaged in their science, history, and challenge activities.

Week 3: June 5- July 8

NORTH SHORE BEACHES (Grades 1-3)

Explore the north shore beaches with a new perspective. While visiting these destinations in typical fashion -sandcastles, sea glass, swimming, reading, and picnicking- we will also explore their similarities and differences in coastal science and maritime history.

THEATER ARTS (Grades 4-8)

Join our own professional playwright and performing arts director, Katie Oberlander. Learn theater games, speaking, singing and stage presence.  Put it all together in an informal performance. This week will include a trip to Canobie Lake Park, NH.

Week 4: June 11- July 15

THEATER ARTS (Grades 1-3)

Join our own professional playwright and performing arts director, Katie Oberlander. Learn theater games, speaking, singing and stage presence.  Put it all together in an informal performance. This week will include a trip to Canobie Lake Park, NH.

MARITIME GLOUCESTER (grades 4-8)

Explore Gloucester from Sea to Table with our partners at Maritime Gloucester. Travel with captains on a fishing boat, build a lobster trap, cast it and catch your dinner. Learn all about local fisherman and their quest to make it sustainable, and find your own connection between sea and table.

Week 5: July 18- July 22

ART @ THE HIVE (grades 1-3)  

The Hive in Gloucester has art facilities for all large-format and small-scale media. The gallery, classroom, and multi-use spaces are just what you need to channel your creative energy.

COSTA RICA (FULL)

Due to high demand, this adventure is already full. We will post our travel adventures and photos when we return!

CINEMATOGRAPHY (grades 4-8)

Learn the art and science of motion picture photography as you create your very own short film.  Learn cinema technique, how to use a filter and lens, and develop your ability to capture depth of field and focus.  Edit your work and utilize all the tricks of the trade from Doug Bowker, Motion Graphics, Animation, and Digital Video. Doug is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. Required: SLR Video Camera (recommended), IPOD, Digital Camera, or Smart Phone

Week 6: July 25- July 29

MARINE HERITAGE 1 (grades 1-8)

Explore Cape Ann’s rich marine heritage. Join the marine science crew aboard Sea Station’s catamaran Endeavour – take a trip on a lobster boat, visit touch tanks, and learn about the ocean and life on the seashore in a fun, hands-on, learning environment.

SMALL SWELL (grades 4-8)

Learn all about the ocean as a playground for the best summer sport – surfing! Balance, coordination, swimming, timing the waves, falling and getting back on the board.

Week 7: August 1- August 5

MARINE HERITAGE 2 (grades 1-8)

Explore Cape Ann’s rich marine heritage. Join the marine science crew aboard Sea Station’s catamaran Endeavour – take a trip on a lobster boat, visit touch tanks, and learn about the ocean and life on the seashore in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. This is a sequel to Marine Heritage 1 and the adventures and learning activities will vary.

WALK ON WATER (grades 4-8)

This session has become the highlight of the upper school summer program! Water adventures on paddle boards at local beaches, road trips along the north shore coast, and the big two-night trip to the Isle of Shoals – where you can hike, play tennis, jump off the dock, roast marshmallows over an open fire, and learn the local lore of the island!

Week 8: August 8- August 12

EXPLORE ARTS (grades 1-3)

Explore media and techniques to draw, design, and live your art through drama and music. An all-encompassing eclectic approach to tapping into your talents!

MOUNTAIN BIKING & BMX (grades 2-6)

More than enjoying a great ride through the trails, this session explores the science of a BMX bike.  Your kinetic energy + a bike and a good trail is all you need for this adventure! Try your skills at BMX Wakefield, a track specifically designed for national competition, with the option to compete at an evening race event. This session requires competency and accessibility to a two-wheeler.

GEOLOGY & THOMPSON ISLAND 2 (Grades 4-8)

Hiking, geology, outward-bound experience at Thompson Island is the adventure of a lifetime! This island, located 2-miles offshore from downtown Boston, is an Outward Bound Education Center where the students will spend a full-day engaged in their science, history, and challenge activities like their ‘high-ropes’ course!.

Week 9: August 15- August 19

ROCK ON (grades 1-3)

Join our comprehensive music experience designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment.  Develop rhythm, music theory, and explore instruments from around the world.  Join us to jam, have fun, and perform. There will be a trip to Crane Estate for an evening picnic and concert.

MOUNTAIN HIKING & OVERNIGHT WITH AMC (grades 4-8)

Grab your pack and water bottle, a good pair of hiking shoes, and your appreciation of the great outdoors. You will be hiking some great peaks and spending a night at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Cardigan High Cabin.

Week 10: August 22- August 26

MY FIRST JOB (grades 1-3)

What does it take to have the responsibility of a job? What will your first job be? Explore the opportunities that are available to the young employee or entrepreneur!

CINEMATOGRAPHY 2 (grades 4-8)

Learn the art and science of motion picture photography as you create your very own short film.  Learn cinema technique, how to use a filter and lens, and develop your ability to capture depth of field and focus.  Edit your work and utilize all the tricks of the trade from Doug Bowker, Motion Graphics, Animation, and Digital Video. Doug is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. Required: SLR Video Camera (recommended), IPOD, Digital Camera, or Smart Phone

Week 11: August 29- September 2

SOCCER (Grades 1-8)

Professional coaching with Kyle Yellin will allow all players to gain a better understanding of, and continued passion for, the game.

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Young Artists

I don’t usually do this, but I couldn’t resist!  How gorgeous are these drawings done by some of the Middle School students at the school where I teach?  Their art, based upon local art images, capture some lovely waterfront scenes.

Check out Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School

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“Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists!”

How great does this event sound!?

Free and Open to the public!

Anthony Amore, Director of Security of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as well as their chief investigator of the 1990 art theft of priceless art pieces AND co-author of “Stealing Rembrandts”, will discuss “untold stories of notorious art heists” at the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School.

243 Essex Street, Beverly

Friday, December 5th from 4:30-5:30.

Please RSVP to dlord@h-sms.org if you are planning to attend

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A Wealth of Resources for Sure!

For the last few summers I have come out of summer retirement to run a two-week summer session at the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School.  The camp is focused on both Marine Science and Maritime History and the goal is to get the kids out on the water/waterfront as much as possible.  I am fortunate that my boys have that opportunity often and that they are naturally drawn to the ocean and all it has to offer.  That having been said, I know that isn’t true for all children who are growing up in this area.  Most importantly, I wanted to help educate these children on the history of the fishing industry and how important the ocean is to the community’s livelihood and to the creatures that call it home!

This year’s camp was a large success thanks to many local businesses.  I’m happy to be able to fire off a quick post to thank some of those places/individuals.

While one day took us into Boston to explore the New England Aquarium and watch a Journey to the South Pacific IMAX movie, all other days were spent outside experiencing the waterfront hands-on.

Our students spent a couple of days aboard the Sea Station vessel, Endeavour, in Salem Harbor.  This unreal floating classroom afforded us the opportunity to haul lobster traps, observe ocean life in its giant glass holding tank, sink the underwater camera to observe the ocean floor and eel grass beds + observe our discoveries on the giant flatscreen TV, and preform beach landings on Misery Island to go hiking, swimming, and tidal pooling. If you haven’t explored Misery Island, you’re missing out!

Sea Station

We had a fantastic day at the Nahant Marine Science Center where the children were given the opportunity to become scientists while recording their tide pool findings and the properties of the water in small groups.  They also had a wonderful tour of the facilities and the gorgeous property that the science center calls home. The Northeastern graduates/students that took care of our group were fabulous!

Nahant Marine Science Center

One day was spent onboard Cape Ann Whale Watch’s vessel, the Hurricane.  We saw several humpback whales and enjoyed a fantastic trip.  The naturalists, as always, added a wonderful educational component with small group lessons throughout the trip in addition to the narration while observing the whales.

Cape Ann Whale Watch

We greatly enjoyed a morning at Maritime Gloucester and were incredibly pleased with the workshops that Mary Kay had planned for our students…who ranged in age from 1st grade to 8th!  Maritime Gloucester was, as always, a must-do on our excursion list!

Maritime Gloucester

We enjoyed a visit from a wonderful artist named Kathy Abbott, who helped the children learn about caring for our beaches, waterfronts, and oceans while adding the element of art.  Learning about the Angry Ocean Project inspired many of our students to go home and create masterpieces of their own with debris the discovered on local beaches.

Angry Ocean Project

We headed North to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH where we did a self-guided tour of the exhibits, participated in a 60 minute Whale presentation (the highlight of which was definitely seeing the entire skeleton system of the Fin Whale that washed ashore on Cape Hedge Beach several years ago) and then explored the rocky shore of Ordione State Park with a naturalist who helped the children learn about all of the amazing things they found in the tide pools.  Stunning scenery!

Seacoast Science Center

Captain Steve Douglas, from Cape Ann Harbor Tours, agreed to a custom designed trip on his King Eider.  I really wanted the students to see the waterfront from the water.  I asked Steve to point out the many different types of vessels that call Gloucester Harbor home and to explain the different type of fishing gear that we saw along the way.  I wanted the children to get a feel for the history and the diversity of the fleet.  They also learned about the Cut Bridge and Annisquam River, Cape Pond Ice, the schooners, the state fish pier, the auction house, Capt. Joe and Sons (of course), Ten Pound Island, and so, so much more.

Cape Ann Harbor Tours

And a day that exceeded all expectations was the day that we visited the NOAA offices up at Blackburn Circle.  I was floored with the presentation and hands-on activities that had been prepared for our visit and the number of staff that was able to make themselves available to work with our students.  With several different learning stations, knowledgable staff, a large inflatable whale, an amazing interactive game that helped the children learn about sustainability, and much more, hey truly went above and beyond to help educate our students.  Their efforts were a perfect match for what I was hoping to achieve throughout the summer session.  I can’t thank them enough!

NOAA Gloucester

This summer session served as yet another reminder of the wealth of resources that we have in our area.  How lucky we are to be able to take advantage of such a wide array of fun and educational resources.  I am well aware, that a longer camp session could have visited so many other amazing destinations and that the places I have included are certainly not the only amazing choices that we have.  There’s always next year🙂