Fun all summer with Guidepost Montessori
Guidepost Montessori is offering fun and educational summer camp experiences for Elementary age students 6-12 all summer long, with different themes each week.
Registration for summer camp is open - enjoy a 5% discount on additional camp weeks after your fourth week!
Guidepost Summer Camp in Downtown Chicago
- Pricing: $375/week
- Camp Hours: Monday to Friday 7:00am - 6:00pm
- Address: 226 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611 US
- Email: email@example.com
- Contact admissions at (636) 445-5360
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago and right on the south end of Magnificent Mile, Guidepost Montessori offers Montessori education for infants, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary aged children. Discover more about our accredited, authentic Montessori school with a tour today.
Each week is designed around a specific theme for students to discover and investigate. Students will take part in creative projects, singing and playing, outdoor games, field trips and more, all wrapped up in that week’s theme.
Need for Speed
Get ready to test the boundaries of DIY inventions during our Need for Speed week! Using simple materials, campers will set all sorts of creations in motion – from rubber band racers, catapults, tornado bottles to pool noodle boats. And of course, they’ll get to end each day putting them to the test in a race!
June 27 - July 1
Every camper has a story to tell, but they need to be ready to use their mind and voice to express their ideas –– and this skillset starts at our Story Magic session. During this week, kids will consider new ideas, enhance their listening skills, and delve into their imagination. Whether it’s through writing, performing, or filming and movie making, they will explore their imagination and boost their confidence to communicate their own thoughts and feelings.
Drawing & Design
Kids will love learning all about the basics of art and getting their hands dirty with drawing and design. Portrait drawing, tessellations, 3D drawing, and parabolic art are just some of the projects kids will work on during this week’s theme. There is lots of meaning to unpack from math and patterns in parabolic art to the origins of portrait drawing and how it has evolved in modern times (hint: selfies).
Similar to our Need for Speed session, this week is all about building contraptions that fly high! Our Taking Flight theme will keep kids busy building balloon rockets, dragonfly copters, boomerangs, paper airplanes, and simple kites, while exploring a broader theme of innovation that can defy what is “known.” What could be more fun?
Why is communication so essential to our society? How did humans first start to communicate? Students will explore human connection through the lens of communication. Activities this week are centered around ways of sharing information with others by creating can phones, developing their own code language, learning about sign language, and even creating zoetropes!
Campers will create their own world of fictional friends and characters from making grass heads to their very own comic book. Bringing their inner worlds to life will delight campers as they develop artistic skills, learn to define character narratives, and bring to life the ways that characters define our own identities.
Science and Circuitry
Become a mad scientist, or let some sparks fly! Either way your kids will be in for hands-on and experiment-based fun in our Science and Circuitry week! Campers will use potatoes to create their own battery. They will create a light up wand and learn how to make straw rockets. Or, your child will practice disappearing coins and eggshells and learn how to levitate an object. Whichever choice they make, this week will be full of surprises – it’s a classic camp favorite!
From birdhouses to bridges to forts, campers will observe, explore, and create spectacular structures. They’ll learn about the origins of building throughout history, from the first human shelters to structures that meet other societal needs. To consolidate this theme, students will take a field trip to observe local architecture in real life.
Our Music Makers week is filled with music, movement, and maestros! Students will build and play their own instrument inventions, learn about music theory, and interact with music through writing, dance, and drawing, ultimately ending the week by performing a live show for their friends.
Art in Action
Art has a misconception as something that is predominately experienced through sight. While some of the great masterpieces of the world are paintings and photographs, there are so many other areas in the spectrum of art that appeal to the rest of our senses. This isn’t your typical arts and crafts – this is art in action! Clay impressions, flexagons, animated flip books, and clock making are just some of the activities that intersect creativity with sensorial experiences.
Why you should choose Guidepost Montessori this summer
We know you have options for how your children spend their summer, and we’d love to be a part of their fun and memorable experience in 2022. Guidepost Montessori Elementary Camp is unique for many reasons, from what we do, to how we do it, and importantly – why we do it.
Our proprietary program is developed by teachers and educators. It is intentionally designed to maintain a strong learning component that ensures children feel like they've learned something at the end of each week, while not compromising on having fun.
Why our approach is uniquely different
The core goal of Montessori education is building a lifelong love of learning and curiosity in children. While our summer programming takes us outside of the classroom, children will continue to absorb knowledge and learn from their surroundings. Our summer program is crafted to build a world of joy and wonder - that puts children in the middle of this massive planet of ours and encourages them to ask questions, determine reasons why things are the way they are, and reflect on those discoveries.
Using storytelling to spark curiosity, each week of our summer programming will launch with a special story that introduces that week's theme and relates it to a broader historic or cultural significance that will interweave into each activity. For example, the Spectacular Structures week will begin with a story expressing the fundamental need for shelter, and a brief overview of the evolution of shelter in human history. We will reflect on how humans have used our structural building knowledge to fulfill other societal needs like bridges for making travel easier, dams to control water flow and create energy, and mega structures such as the pyramids, and skyscrapers.
Students will then take this knowledge into activities, creative projects, field trips or outdoor games that build on the weekly theme. They'll build bird houses, test concepts like load weight with popsicle bridges, learn songs, and even snacks will include a story that reveals something new about their history.
The overall aim is to invoke a sense of appreciation for what has come before and create excitement toward exploring the activities and skills that will be introduced each week - while giving kids a memorable summer filled with fun and learning.
Our virtual summer camp will follow the same weekly themes and schedule as in-person camp, and gives families the flexibility to mix and match in-person with virtual weeks based on your schedule.
- June 6th - August 12th
- Monday - Friday, half-day programming
- Available 9:00-12:00pm EST / 9:30-12:30pm PST
- Pricing: $150/week not including materials
- Multi-week discounts available
- Contact admissions at (636) 445-5360
- What makes a summer camp "Montessori"?
This summer camp has been designed with the Montessori approach to education in mind:
- Freedom of choice — Students can work on projects freely can move from activity to activity on their own terms
- A child-centered approach that encourages independent exploration — Children feel empowered by freedom of choice, and so pursue work that fascinates them. This helps the child develop concentration, willpower and independence
- Experiential learning — Children learn best by doing things for themselves, so the summer camp program offers lots of opportunities for children to work with their hands
- Faith that the child wants to learn — Montessori educators believe that children are happiest when they have the option to work on something meaningful, which is why summer camp places a strong emphasis on connecting themes to meaningful stories rooted in historic or cultural context
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- How much does in-person summer camp cost?
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- Can I participate in both in-person and virtual camp?
- How will you keep children and staff safe during COVID-19?
- Is this summer camp suitable for a child who hasn't attended Montessori school before?
Give them an unforgettable summer!
Summer courses for high school students
Our affiliated school, the Academy of Thought and Industry is offering a 6-week summer course for high school students interested in working with and educating young children. Students will learn virtually with some of the best Montessori trainers in the world, and apply their skills in a real classroom through a field-placement component. Students will receive an Early Years Teaching Certificate upon completion.
- Application deadline is March 31st
Health and safety
In the face of COVID-19, we continue to serve our families who send their children to Guidepost Montessori schools. We are proud to state that every one of our schools is addressing the health and safety risks posed by the pandemic in a comprehensive, evidence-based way that does not undermine the Montessori learning process.