Wonderment. Exploration. Joyful Discovery. Adventurous. Playful. Creativity. Relaxed.
We keep recess and summer experiences relaxed, memorable and fun; just as they should be.
Summer Days for Toddler and Primary Children
Childhood and Summer
At MSGH, our Summer Days program is rooted in the belief that summer is to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, yet filled with play, exposure to new and exciting activities and ample time to create, imagine, run, climb, dig, splash…or just “be.” Our summer format supports these goals. While we do not adhere to a rigid schedule, nor insist upon participation in group activities, there is a consistent rhythm to each day and week. The children feel safe in their routine, yet know that each time they are dropped off, enjoyable experiences await them. Summer Days can be a nice way for your child to continue to bond with MSGH friends, staff, and teachers, while enjoying the special activities we have planned.
The Natural Playground is an exciting part of our Summer Days program and offering our children the optimal outdoor environment for exploration and joyful discovery. Special features of the Natural Playground include a climbing wall, a pebble harp, sand boxes, balance beams, and more!
What's a Typical Summer Week?
We want you to have a calm summer experience that allows for flexibility and down time. Therefore, flexible drop-off times are available. When children arrive in the morning, they are free to play both indoors and out, and may participate in a variety of activities such as baking, art, gardening, and music. During the week, special guests will visit mid-morning to engage the children in interactive activities.
Lunch takes place at noon, and after a short rest period, the children enjoy more opportunities to explore alone or with friends. Always pack a towel and bathing suit for your child as we have a water slide available for cooling off!
Our Millstream Farm Summer Program
Give your child the gift of a summer spent on Millstream Farm. Home to our Adolescent Program, Millstream Farm offers 30-acres of summer memories. The pristine property includes gardens, ponds, streams, forest, wetland and pasture. Farm animals include goats, chickens, bees and sheep. This beautiful farmland abuts the 2,000-acre Nepaug State Forest. The property’s natural diversity and agricultural underpinnings open up limitless possibilities for the students' purposeful activities and joyful exploration. This program is open to all Elementary-aged students, as well as, students who have completed their Primary Cycle.
What's a Typical Elementary Week?
Every morning, your child will assist in the daily maintenance of our working farm. This includes the feeding and watering of the animals, cleaning their environments, collecting eggs from the chickens and milking the goats. Your child will delight in the hands-on exploration of zoology, botany, animal husbandry, gardening, art, hiking, river exploration, biking Connecticut's trails, Spanish, cooking, and having a summer experience unlike any other. Our Millstream campers will enjoy a bilingual camp experience, rich with cooking, language, and literature.
Transportation will be provided from the MSGH West Hartford Campus to and from Millstream Farm. The bus will leave West Hartford promptly at 8:30a.m. and return at 4:00p.m. daily. Families who are not utilizing transportation can drop off their children at Millstream Farm at 9:00a.m. and pick-up at the Farm at 3:30p.m. Millstream is located at 741 Steele Road, New Hartford, CT.
Toddler- For children ages 15 months – 3 years
MSGH offers ten weeks of summer programming for children enrolled in our Toddler Program. The Program is directed by an AMI-trained teacher who creates a home-like environment guided by Montessori principles. The Program is available daily from 7:30a.m. to 5:30p.m..
Primary- For children ages 3-6 years
MSGH offers ten weeks of summer programming for children who are enrolled in a Montessori Primary Program. The Program is directed by an AMI-trained teacher who creates a home like environment guided by Montessori principles. The Program is available daily from 7:30a.m. to 5:30p.m..
Millstream Farm Program- For children ages 6-10
Come join us for fun and learning at Millstream Farm Summer Camp. Children delve into Earth Sciences, Zoology, Biology, and Botany as they learn through nature based-literature, and child-centered, hands-on activities. They are given the opportunity to feed and care for the goats and chickens, as well as, to grow, harvest and eat organic vegetables from the abundant garden. Each day the children engage in the process of making a healthy snack.