Ed School (Youth)

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The Winni Ed School is an engaging morning program, Sunday - Friday, for infants through rising 9th graders. Ed School begins at 8:30AM with a 15-minute group sing each morning for the younger children (through grade 5). Healthy snacks are provided and the classes are at the same time as intergenerational classes for teens and adults. Each class has an experienced camper-teacher and an assistant. They provide a group-building curriculum with activities such as games, art and music. As appropriate, content may also include spiritual or values based concepts such as the environment, respecting diversity, and conservation. After second period, school-age campers are escorted to the waterfront for an hour of beach fun and swimming. Additionally, Ed School students often contribute to Evening Vespers, perform at the hoot, do a small service project or display craft projects.

Important:  Parents are requested to provide information such as allergies, at the beginning of the week. Children who do not wish to participate in the provided program are the responsibility of their parents. At all times of the day, except when they are in class, children are the responsibility of their sponsoring adult/parent/guardian.

Infants, birth-3 years old

Infants up to age 3 have a two-hour period from 8:45 to 10:45 following breakfast. Developmentally appropriate care is provided that includes music, play, stories, sensory/art, snack, outdoor play and naps as needed. There is an outdoor playground designed for young children. The teacher to child ratio is typically 1/2 or 1/3. Anyone wishing to be helpful during the second hour can sign up to walk babies around the green in their strollers.

Preschool, 3 and 4 year olds

Children age 3 and 4 years old are provided a 2 hour preschool program from 8:45 to 10:45, following breakfast. Developmentally appropriate camp activities are guided by experienced caregivers and include music, play, stories, arts and crafts, nature activities and outdoor play. A snack is provided. The adult to child ratio is typically 1/4 or 1/5. Also, preschool students are invited to spend third period at the Siftar Cottage playground with supervision by a chaperone. 

Kindergarten & Grade School, 5-10 years old

For children from 5-10 years old who will be entering kindergarten through grade 5, a 2 hour class and waterfront period are provided immediately following breakfast as the adult classes begin. This group is typically divided into 3 age groups and led by an experienced adult and an assistant. Before class, the groups (and parents if they wish) gather for a 15-minute sing-along at the outdoor chapel then go with their teachers to their assigned classroom. The Grade School classes meet for the rest of the two-hour period engaging in camp activities such as nature, crafts and games. At the end of second period, school-age campers are escorted to the waterfront for supervised swimming and beach fun during third period. Parents pick their children up after third period, by the flag pole in front of the Inn, unless notified otherwise by the class teacher.

Junior High, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders

The junior high/middle school children go directly to their class, at 8:45 following breakfast, for a two-hour period in the morning, followed by an hour at the beach for waterfront activities. This group is led by atleast 2 experienced adults who provide interesting activities that may include art, crafts, games, music, drama, etc.

Senior High

High school-age campers are encouraged to attend the adult morning classes in addition to their own high school-specific meet-up in the afternoon.

Special Needs

All children are welcome in the Ed School and participate with children in their age group. If your child has special needs that you think the teacher should be aware of, or you have suggestions for supporting your child, you may wish to bring these to the attention of the Ed School Coordinator or directly to the teacher. Or you may feel that it is not necessary, given the short duration of the class and the more casual fun nature of camp. In the past there have been children with a variety of special needs and these children have had much success and fun.