Riverside Presbyterian Day School launches Early Learning Summer Program

Riverside Presbyterian Day School launches Early Learning Summer Program
Isabelle Milne, RPDS PreK 4 teacher, reads a clue to campers during a treasure hunt around campus for a pirate-themed week of camp.

When parents of PreK 3 and PreK 4 students at Riverside Presbyterian Day School expressed the need for quality childcare during the summer, the school listened. It launched a summer program this year with input from parent surveys and direction from veteran teachers Diana Green and Isabelle Milne, that included fun, weekly themes, while incorporating many of the elements used during the academic portion of the school day.

Throughout the summer, rising PreK 4 and Kindergarten students continued to build their social and emotional skills through “Care & Connect” time and by reading rich literature, engaging in play time with friends and expressing their creative side with arts and crafts. The camp included plenty of summer fun on the playground, water play and free play, too.

Green and Milne shared that seeing the children’s excitement as they arrived on campus each morning over the summer was quite rewarding. It was clear the children felt safe and loved in a familiar environment, they noted.

RPDS’s summer camp allowed new students to begin forming friendships and become comfortable with the school environment in a smaller setting before the start of the school year. The summer program also provided these young learners with consistency and continuity of routines that they often forget over the summer months.

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