In addition to school programs, OSDS offers summer programs for children ages 3 - 10 from late June to mid-August each year. We offer two programs in the Hamptons: one in Sag Harbor, at our year-round location (11 Carroll Street), as well as a satellite program in East Hampton at the Springs Fireplace Farm. The rhythms of both programs are similar: children spend the entire morning outdoors, rain or shine, experiencing the joys of caring for the barnyard animals and working with the earth. The curriculum is designed in accordance with the ideals of Waldorf education: there is plenty of opportunity for creative play, song, movement, artistic activity, and farm activities. Nourish your child’s inherent connection to nature and enliven their curiosity about the world around them at one of our summer programs!
INFORMATION ABOUT OUR 2019 SUMMER PROGRAMS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN JANUARY 2019.
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OSDS Summer: Sag Harbor
11 Carroll Street, Sag Harbor
The chickens, goats, large vegetable patch, herb and flower gardens, and expansive woodland play yard create a pastoral setting, providing the perfect backdrop for the time-honored joys of childhood summertime.
CHILDREN'S GARDEN Mixed age learning is a tenet of our philosophy, and is one of the treasures of our summer programs. Children will enjoy small-group time and age-appropriate activities, as well as space to come together with the whole group to enjoy a broader social experience.
Real work with a real purpose inspires the developing will of the young child, and in our children's garden, campers work in the garden, and help to prepare our snack as we wash freshly harvested vegetables, bake bread, churn butter and grind grain. Artistic activities are offered each day, along side space for uninterrupted play and exploration, as children collect their treasures and discover the natural world around them. Daily circles include seasonal songs, poems and movement journeys. The day ends with a storytelling or puppetry.
Summer on the Farm: East Hampton
Fireplace Farm: One Hogs Creek Lane, East Hampton
Your Child will experience the joys of life on a real, working farm: Springs Fireplace Farm HAs 18 acres of rolling hills, a bluff overlooking Gardiners bay and an organic farm, complete with chickens and honey bee hives.
SUMMER ON THE FARM This program includes work on the farm, creative play and lots of opportunity for songs, cooperative games and artistic activities. Your child will explore, harvest vegetables, feed chickens, gather eggs, tend the garden, dig, play and more! Experienced Waldorf educators carefully guide this this mixed-age program, ensuring each child is met with satisfying activities appropriate to his/her level of development. Mixed-age groupings offer an intimate, family-like setting, in which social learning, including cooperation, empathy, and problem-solving, can flourish.
The daily rhythm of this program includes working on the farm, creative play, storytelling, circle-time and games and artistic activities. Healthy, home-made, organic snack, which comes mostly from the farm itself, is provided daily.