Full day German immersion camps for children ages 2 – 8
Dates & Times: 8:30am – 3:15pm with an option until 6pm from July 2nd to August 31st, 2018
Each week of SummerCamp, KinderHaus offers designated weekly themes in both the WaldKinder program(ages 3 and up) as well as the SommerKinder program (ages 2 and up). The programs and themes are outlined below. All campers engage in fun and educational projects and go on excursions. The SummerCamp daily schedule revolves around group projects which have a multidisciplinary focus on arts, cooking, math and science, language and movement.
Info on registration can be found on the bottom of this page.
SommerKinder Themes (Ages 2+)
WaldKinder Themes (Ages 3+)
The Four Elements - Feuer und Wasser!
Get Up, Get Moving - Tanz & Bewegung im Park
The Four Elements - Erde und Luft!
Music at the Park - Von Naturinstrumenten zum Rhythmus
Earthworks Workshop - Land Art in Brooklyn!
Earthworks Workshop - Land Art at Prospect Park!
KinderTheater - Die 3 kleinen Schweinchen
The Elements - Wasser, Luft und Erde
July 30 - Aug 3
KinderTheater - Die 3 kleinen Schweinchen
The Arrival of the Pirates - Das Grosse Piratenspektakel
KinderYoga & Meditation - Sina And The Yoga Cat
Critters & Creatures - Die Bewohner vom Prospekt Park
KinderYoga & Meditation - Sitting Still Like A Frog
Medieval Times - Ritter, Raeuber, Abenteuer
KinderScience - Dunkel & Hell, Langsam & Schnell!
Sport & Spiel Woche
KinderScience - Leicht & Schwer, Flüssig & Fest
Goodbye Summer - Eine Schnitzeljagd durch den Park!
Outdoor WaldKinder Camp ( ages 3 and up )
The cornerstone of the Forest Kindergarten approach is teaching environmental and natural science principles in the field. Its objective is to forge an intimate, deep and personal connection to the natural world. The many positive effects of outdoor education on children’s development is brought to life in the WaldKinder camp at KinderHaus. Instead of the classroom, children will spend the day in Prospect Park and follow the lead of our Waldorf-trained KinderHaus teachers, who will transform the park into a classroom with forest inspired arts and crafts. The WaldKinder will learn through experiments and sensory activities and other theme related curricular activities.
Children will engage in forest related projects and games that strengthen their respect for nature and which make use of outdoor materials to develop a deeper sensibility for nature as a living environment. For example, they will build their own shelter in form of a “Laubhütte” as well as benches, tables and a mud pie kitchen using materials only found in the forest. The children’s imagination will be unleashed and guided toward refining their skills in all developmental domains. The children engage in workshops that follow the KinderHaus inquiry-based philosophy where problems and questions are posed before children start the investigation and exploration. As they make their way through the different areas of the park, campers will also focus on the birds, insects and other animals which live in the park and learn about nature’s life cycles.
Projects will originate from questions such as: How does a solar clock work? How do ants live? Why do certain plants grow in certain places only? How do we create energy with wind and water? Furthermore, a variety of group and trust binding activities will support the children’s friendships and close bonds with each other. To learn more about the pedagogical focus of a Forest Classroom, please feel free to take a look at the articles for how outdoor play helps develop children’s cognitive and social development.
The ‘SommerKinder’ program is filled with daily hands-on exploration with a changing weekly focus indoors and outdoors. The weekly themes will guide children’s daily sensory, creative and problem-solving activities relating them to knowledge of water science, building and constructions, arts and music and yoga.
The children will experiment with different elements, they will think critically about ways to use recyclable materials, they will discover and learn about animals in the park, and they will get messy while enjoying art projects and gardening with their hands and feet. We are also looking forward to our KinderTheater project, Die 3 kleinen Schweinchen, where children will be immersed in the story (reading time), create their own props, and bring the story to life by reenacting it and playing roles, by doing artwork and by singing songs and playing instruments. In order to nurture children’s love for music, movement, dance, and stories, we will express our imagination and creativity during music and theater performances. The SommerKinder will try out various roles, using their body language, voice and dancing skills. The interpretation of the story using different musical instruments will help identify and express their own emotions and recreate the atmosphere.
As natural architects and builders, children will enjoy a marvelous creative experience working with a variety of building material indoors and outdoors. In our Earthwork Workshop, for instance, we will engage in activities that will teach us how to make use of the natural materials around us and how to be creative with them. Children will be introduced to land art and create their own; they will reflect on aesthetics and engage in land art games. They will experience all aspects of the process and work together in collaborative group projects.
SommerKinder will conduct experiments with water, air and soil, and they will think about ways to save water and learn about global water resources and usage. In a combination of arts and science activities, children will use a variety of techniques to paint and create pictures with water color, mix paint and enjoy the sensory experience of painting with their hands and feet.
To register, kindly fill in the online application. SummerCamp will take place at our 312 7th Street and 466 6th Avenue locations, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
8:30 AM - 3:15 PM and until 6:00 PM with AfterCare
8:30 AM - 3:15 PM, $500/week
Camp Week with AfterCare:
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM, $650/week
Sibling discounts of 5 % off of the tuition.
Space is Limited; after your online registration, please send the appropriate payment to KinderHaus SummerCamp at 398 4th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215. Please write SummerCamp, your child or children’s name(s), and the year in the memo field and include the required Family Document Package (DOH) if we do not already have it on file.