Busy Bees enjoy exploring the creative process through weekly themes. A nurturing and safe environment allows Bees to gain self-confidence and build new friendships.
Ages 3-5 (for “younger” 5’s who may not be ready for the more structured pace of Curious Crickets)
Alley Mazzullo is joining us as our new Busy Bees instructor. Alley is elated to be working at Long Trail this summer. She currently teaches first and second grade at The Downtown School, a small progressive school in Manchester. This year her class spent the entire year building a relationship with the natural history of Vermont by studying Mount Equinox. Prior to that she taught preschool at the Well School in Peterbrough NH where she honed her craft as a storyteller and built a curriculum around storytelling. She holds a masters degree in both early childhood and elementary education from Antioch University New England and a B.A in poetry and anthropology from Bard College. She lives in Pawlet on a small homestead.
Storytelling and Puppet Theatre
In this week of camp we will learn how to tell and perform stories from children’s imaginations. Learning how to tell stories that are engaging and important is essential to an early childhood social and literary development. We will think about what makes stories interesting, what roles characters play and what stories matter to individual children. All of this deep thinking will compel us towards writing and acting out plays, making sock puppets, playing theater games and singing musical dramas. Our culminating project will include a puppet show made from the children’s imaginations.
In this week of camp we will spend the majority of our time in the forest immersing ourselves in all that it has to offer. We will pay attention to the smells, the feels and the sounds of the woods. We will think about how wild animals use the forest and act it out. Children will build fairy houses, forts and create a village entirely out of the materials available from the forest.
Farming and Food
In this week of camp we will explore our local food system asking essential questions of, “where does our food come from?” and “what does it mean to have a happy and healthy life?”. We will explore this theme through our senses immersing ourselves in cooking, growing, digging and eating. Projects include grinding wheat to make our own bread and churning butter, a visit to Merck forest, starting seeds and some decomposition exploration.
In this week of camp we will learn about the different ways that fiber is an important part of our life. We will be weaving, felting and sewing immersing ourselves in these incredibly tactile experiences. We will think about where fiber comes from in our world and explore the rich and diverse roles that fiber serves. This is a week of building fine motor skills, building spatial awareness and having a great time in fiber!
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