Amiko in the Woods!

We are thrilled to launch our summer camp programs for 6-12 year olds in the gorgeous forest of Webster Park. Every day is jam-packed with activities that engage children with nature, while focusing on several themes: Forest School (Mondays), Art (Tuesdays), Environmental Science (Wednesdays), or Engineering (Thursdays). As we learn and play together, your child will be supported to explore their curiosities, learn new skills, make new friends, and get muddy! We warmly welcome children from all backgrounds, support empathetic communication skills, and promote appreciation for diverse perspectives. Materials and a tasty snack cooked over the fire are all included, and single day registration is available!

Amiko in the Woods Tuition Fees

Tuition for Amiko in the Woods is $65-80 per day (sliding scale). Materials and a snack are included.

Amiko in the Woods Enrollment Expectations

We understand that young people are interested in joining our programs from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. We want to be sure that our new enrollees are ready to feel successful in our programs, in which they will need to meet many of their personal needs autonomously. You’ll know that your child is ready for Amiko courses when they are able to:

  • Open all lunch containers and wrappers independently
  • Keep track of their personal water bottle and drink enough water to stay well hydrated
  • Attend to their own clothing independently (tying, zipping, buckling, adjusting layers, etc.)
  • Use the portable restroom independently
  • Carry their backpack and other belongings independently
  • Apply sunscreen and insect repellant independently, as needed

Amiko in the Woods Schedule and Course Descriptions

June 21-24, June 28-July 1, August 2-5, August 9-12
 
Drop off: 8:45-9:00am
Pick up: 3:45-4:00pm
 
Mondays: Forest School
 
In Forest School, we spend the day immersed in nature, building our capability and confidence to enjoy the rich beauty of the forest in all kinds of weather. We will learn basic survival skills, develop our sensory skills, engage in science-based explorations, go on hikes, make art, sing songs, get silly, and become very dirty. We will use lessons, games, one-time and on-going projects, community circles, free play, guides’ expertise, children’s curiosities, and spontaneous discoveries to shape our learning. This program is designed to foster good decision-making, personal responsibility, self-initiated collaborations, and joyful and respectful engagement with nature. 
 
Tuesdays: Art in the Woods
 
In this program, we will connect with nature in ways you may not have considered before! Each week, we’ll be working to develop our artistic communication skills by creating and interacting with artwork in the forest. We’ll work independently and collaboratively to craft art supplies from nature, like paints, drawing sticks, cordage, and pitch glue. We’ll experiment with a variety of media, debate “What is Art?”, explore meaning and symbolism, and brainstorm and test solutions to practical challenges of working with natural materials. Projects vary every week, and include crafts like basket weaving, papermaking, sculpting, candlemaking, and constructing and using primitive looms and flower presses. 
 
Wednesdays: Science in the Woods
 
This program is designed to support learning about our environment through play, science projects, and free exploration. Each week, we will go on short hikes, play forest games, and learn about the plants and animals we encounter. Enrollees will be encouraged to explore their own interests and questions within the setting of our shelter area at Webster Park. We’ll make observations, ask questions, make hypotheses, and collaborate on scientific investigations such as measuring stream velocity, dissecting plants to learn about their parts, or exploring how soil forms. Each day will bring something different as we never know what we will discover in the woods! 
 
Thursdays: Engineering in the Woods
 
This is the camp for those kids who love to build! Children choose from a variety of projects that support their understanding of engineering, for example, building shelters, catapults, or bridges, practicing coding simple robots, attempting design and construction challenges, and more! We will work independently and in groups to build with natural materials, explore the engineering design process, and get hands-on experience with using simple machines. Each day will bring different engineering explorations and challenges! 
 
 

Spring 2021 Weekly Schedule

Sliding Scale Tuition

While registering, simply select the sliding scale option that works best for your family.

We are committed to creating a community that is as financially accessible as possible. To achieve this, we use a sliding scale for our tuition fees. We are grateful for your generous support as we continue to develop awesome educational opportunities for young people with low learner-guide ratios, no mandatory volunteer commitments, and high-quality staff.

Payment plans are available for your child’s registration in our Three Day Programs, with 35% required to secure their enrollment. From time to time, we have limited financial aid available. Please inquire by emailing jgreen@amikolearningcenter.org. Material Fees are a fixed rate, and non-refundable. Thank you!

Tuition Fees and Program Registration Schedule

Enrollment Expectations

We understand that young people are interested in joining our programs from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. We want to be sure that our new enrollees are ready to feel successful in our courses, in which they will need to meet many of their personal needs autonomously. You’ll know that your child is ready for Amiko courses when they are able to:

  • Open all lunch containers and wrappers independently
  • Attend to their own clothing independently (tying, zipping, buckling, adjusting layers, etc.)
  • Use the restroom independently
  • Carry their backpack and other belongings independently

ENROLLMENT

Spring 2021 Courses

Art

(Ages 6-8)
Guide: Jennifer Green
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, C Wed N/A Wed

 

In this course, learners will use a variety of media to build their skills and understanding of how art functions as a method of communication. They will have the opportunity to create two and three dimensional artwork in ways that support problem-solving, individual expression, and experimentation. We will practice thinking critically about our artistic process and products with group discussions that build analytical and communication skills. Over the course of the semester, discussions will increasingly be driven by leadership of the children. Historical and modern references will add to the construction of our artistic knowledge.

Community Circle

(Ages 6-11)
Guides: Jennifer Green, Rebecca Lauzon, Jaclyn Cellura Crane
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, B, C Tues, Wed, Thurs Tues, Wed, Thurs N/A

 

During Community Circle, we join together to learn about and support each other. With short guided activities like Show and Tell, making music, collaborative games, dancing, sharing jokes and riddles, and more, we will practice effective communication skills, develop empathetic relationships, laugh, and play together.

Community Service 1

(Ages 6-8)
Guide: Jennifer Green
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, B Thurs Thurs N/A

 

 

In this class, we will learn about personal responsibility and serving our community. We will begin by identifying service opportunities that are available to us and coordinating ways we can meaningfully contribute. As we participate in community outreach programs, we will discuss what we could, should, and will do to serve our communities. We will also discuss the challenges that can arise because of our limited perspectives. The course goal is to encourage and enable children to examine their communities, develop empathy for others, understand the value of serving, and to work with those in need to develop actionable solutions.

Community Service 2

(Ages 9-11)
Guide: Jennifer Green
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, B Thurs Thurs N/A

 

In this class, we will learn about personal responsibility and serving our community. We will begin by identifying service opportunities that are available to us and coordinating ways we can meaningfully contribute. As we participate in community outreach programs, we will discuss what we could, should, and will do to serve our communities. We will also discuss the challenges that can arise because of our limited perspectives and look at case studies of outreach programs that have worked and also of those that haven’t. The course goal is to encourage and enable children to examine their communities, develop empathy for others, understand the value of serving, and to work with those in need to develop actionable solutions.

Drawing and Painting

(Ages 9-11)
Guide: Jennifer Green
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, C Wed N/A Wed

 

This course is designed to support learners to develop their drawing and painting skills. We will use the elements of art and the principles of design to develop our understandings of composition. Learners will be able to participate in exercises to explore value, contour, perspective, shading, and still life to practice fine-tuning their coordination and technique. Learners will have the option to build their own canvases to create original works of art with acrylic paint. Critique sessions will help learners to develop an analytical eye for art and facilitate personal reflection. Current day and historical artists will be referenced when relevant to course activities.

Environmental Education

(Ages 8-12)
Guide: Rebecca Lauzon, Ph. D. and Jennifer Green
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
B, C Tues Tues N/A

 

In Environmental Education, we will spend the morning exploring nature in Highland Park, in all kinds of weather. We will learn and practice observational, collaborative, and basic hiking skills, engage in science-based investigations, sing songs, and be silly. We will use lessons, games, one-time and on-going projects, guides’ expertise, children’s curiosities, and spontaneous discoveries to shape our learning. This program is designed to foster increased awareness of our environment, personal responsibility, and joyful and respectful engagement with nature. Learners are responsible for carrying their belongings, wearing appropriate clothing, and abiding by all safety requirements. Learners may get dirty as they participate in this outdoor course.

Forest School

(Ages 6-12)
Guides: Jennifer Green, Sara Shaw, Jessica Myers, Becca Lauzon
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, B, C Forest School N/A N/A

 

In Forest School, we will spend the day immersed in nature, building our capability and confidence to enjoy the rich beauty of the forest in all kinds of weather. We will learn basic survival skills, develop our sensory skills, engage in science-based explorations, go on hikes, make art, sing songs, get silly, and become very dirty. We will use lessons, games, one-time and on-going projects, community circles, free play, guides’ expertise, children’s curiosities, and spontaneous discoveries to shape our learning. This program is designed to foster good decision-making, personal responsibility, self-initiated collaborations, and joyful and respectful engagement with nature. Learners are responsible for carrying their belongings, wearing appropriate clothing, and abiding by all safety requirements.

 

Geography and Map Skills

(Ages 8-11)
Guide: Maeve Cullinane
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
B, C Tues N/A Tues

 

This semester students will explore other countries and all seven continents. We will look at how the physical environment affects decisions about shelter, food, cultural norms and use of natural resources. We’ll also look at how maps have been used and made throughout history, as well as by ourselves as we take literal and virtual journeys, using GPS, compasses, paper maps, and self-made maps. Students should have a basic understanding of physical geography and maps.
 

Literacy 1

(Ages 6-8)
Guide: Jaclyn Cellura Crane
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, B Thurs Thurs N/A

 

In this fun and effective course for emergent learners, we will engage in activities that promote a love of literacy! Enrollees will create a variety of self-motivated writing pieces to continually enhance their speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. We will find creative ways to ensure each child takes pleasure in book making, poetry, and journaling by using words and pictures. Students will also practice reading and sharing their reading experiences in a group setting. Fundamental literacy skills such as letter sounds, spelling patterns, and sentence structure, will be introduced and reinforced through music, play, and other engaging methods. Children of all levels will grow and thrive in this flexible, creative environment.

 

 

Literacy 2

(Ages 9-11)
Guide: Jaclyn Cellura Crane
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, B Thurs Thurs N/A

 

Literacy 2 is a course for exploring passions and interests through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Whether the learner delights in creating comic books, a collection of poems, or a personal narrative, our goal will be to guide enrollees through the process and inspire the technical and creative success. Students will collaborate with their guide to create a class structure where there are opportunities to learn new vocabulary, review word patterns, and fine tune writing mechanics. Exploring literacy in a safe environment, where we encourage intellectual risk taking, will help set the groundwork for a positive attitude toward being an effective communicator!  

 

 

Math 1

(Ages 6-8)
Guide: Rebecca Lauzon, Ph.D.
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, C Wed N/A Wed

 

In this course, learners will be supported in gaining confidence working with numbers as they develop foundational math skills through games and hands-on practice. We will explore number lines, place values, basic operations, patterns, shapes, money, time, and more by learning from natural and built environments around us. Through taking measurements and collecting and manipulating data with operations like addition, subtraction, and basic multiplication, learners will be able to practice problem-solving and critical thinking to explore numbers in fun and useful ways. Learners will use and create charts to interpret and present data in a variety of ways as they expand their understanding of the world from mathematical perspectives.

 

 

Math 2

(Ages 9-11)
Guide: Rebecca Lauzon, Ph.D.
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, C Wed N/A Wed

 

In this course, we will build on learners’ previous knowledge to foster greater insight into how math can be used to understand the world. Learners will be supported in building their understanding of measurements, measurement tools, and collecting and manipulating data through multiplication, division, and algebraic thinking. We will use and create charts and graphs to interpret and present data in a variety of ways. Learners will also explore concepts like fractions and geometry through hands-on games, puzzles, word problems, and real-life applications that promote creative problem solving.

 

 

Money Management and Economics

(Ages 8-11)
Guide: Maeve Cullinane
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
B, C Tues N/A Tues

 

Students often wonder about how to get money and how much things cost. Their questions about their own money are similar to those about international trade and economic systems. We will explore the resources, goods and services we use and have in our homes and how they are managed in the world at large. This class will combine experiential activities giving students the opportunity to produce, budget, barter, sell, distribute and assess with understanding the bigger picture of  the role of economics in our world.

 

Our Hour

(Ages 6-11)
Guide: Jennifer Green, Rebecca Lauzon, Jaclyn Cellura Crane
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, B, C Tues, Wed, Thurs Tues, Wed, Thurs Tues, Wed, Thurs

 

This time is for learners to engage in activities of their choice that build social skills and add to their educational experience, including self-initiated clubs, playing and creating games, studying, and more.

 

Science 1

(Ages 6-8)
Guide: Rebecca Lauzon, Ph.D.
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, C Wed Wed N/A

 

In this course, learners will explore the question “what is science?” while developing observational, questioning, and critical thinking skills. We will make and use models to represent and understand things we observe around us, ask questions both serious and funny, identify patterns and trends in data, and use evidence to support explanations for our discoveries. The course will begin with a survey of scientific topics and learners will identify topics of interest to focus on. Working both independently and collaboratively, learners will identify and work to answer questions about their chosen topics through simple research, conversations with scientists, and hands-on investigations.

 

Science 2

(Ages 9-11)
Guide: Rebecca Lauzon, Ph.D.
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, C Wed Wed N/A

 

In this course, learners will explore the question “what is science?” while developing observational, questioning, and critical thinking skills. We will make and use models to represent and understand things we observe around us, ask questions both serious and funny, identify patterns and trends in data, and use evidence to support explanations for our discoveries. The course will begin with a survey of scientific topics and learners will identify topics of interest to focus on. Working both independently and collaboratively, learners will identify and work to answer questions about their chosen topics through simple research, conversations with scientists, and hands-on investigations.

 

Stop Motion Animation 1

(Ages 6-8)
Guide: Jennifer Green
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, B Thurs Thurs N/A

 

In this fun course, participants will learn how to make their own stop-motion animations using iPads and iPhones. We will experiment with a variety of materials to create our animations, including clay, LEGOS, paper cut-outs, found objects, and self-selected objects. We will learn about storyboards, timing, how to create characters and settings, how to add audio and text, and the history of stop-motion animation, as we create the illusion of movement in our short videos.

Stop Motion Animation 2

(Ages 9-11)
Guide: Jennifer Green
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, B Thurs Thurs N/A

 

In this fun course, participants will learn how to make their own stop-motion animations using iPads and iPhones. We will experiment with a variety of materials to create our animations, including clay, LEGOS, paper cut-outs, found objects, and self-selected objects. We will learn about storyboards, timing, how to create characters and settings, how to add audio and text, and the history of stop-motion animation, as we create the illusion of movement in our short videos.

Young Researchers Club 1

(Ages 6-8)
Guide: Jennifer Green and TBD
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, B Thurs N/A Thurs

 

This program is designed to support children to investigate an area of their own interest by exposing them to basic researching practices. Children will make interdisciplinary connections, practice creating and using organizational tools, and use a variety of resources to collect data. They will work together to create artifacts of their learning.

Young Researchers Club 2

(Ages 9-11)
Guide: Jennifer Green and TBD
Programs including this course:

Three Day Full Day Morning Afternoon
A, B Thurs N/A Thurs

 

This program is for children who have previously participated in Young Researchers Club 1 or have previous experience with research projects. They will continue to build their researching skills while we investigate self-selected areas of inquiry. Children will make interdisciplinary connections, practice creating and using organizational tools, and use a variety of resources to collect information. They will be supported to increase their capabilities for independent research and self-governed group work as they create artifacts of their learning. This course is designed to promote analytical thinking, develop communication and collaboration skills, and support the achievement of personal goals. Prerequisites: Basic independent reading and writing skills are needed.