Summer Camp 2016 Information

REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN FOR SUMMER CAMP AT COCOONS! 

As always, spots are limited so sign up soon! 

This summer Cocoons is extremely excited about partnering with both the amazing Ecology School of Saco (where Miss Laura taught before joining the Cocoons staff) and the incredible Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. Their experienced teachers will offer fun-filled organized environmental camps for young children at Cocoons. Both organizations support early environmental education the same as Cocoons and are committed to providing hands-on outdoor experiences that children will remember for a lifetime! Check out these camps!

July 5-8 Map Makers, Make Us a Map! – Offered by The Ecology School

Campers will become famous (and infamous!) explorers, and engage in the process of mapping the entirety of the Cocoons landscape from different perspectives: as farmers, animals, and even pirates! To begin the week, a blank map will be presented to campers – the task will be to fill it out before the end of the week and make connections between all of the places we visit. 

July11-15 Where the Wild Things Are- Offered by the KCT 

Campers will spend Monday and Friday at Cocoons where they will practice tracking critters large and small and learning whose foot prints we see, perhaps leading us to a special home!  Explore the vernal pools, wetlands, meadow and forest to find what amazing “wild things” live in our own back yard.   On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday campers will explore Kennebunkport Conservation Trust lands.  Visit an Island and learn about our island creatures, tide pooling and looking under rocks to see how much life is all around us.  Back at the Emmons Preserve (located less than 10 minutes from Cocoons) make a fairy house village, explore the frog pond, Batson River, and the forest to learn all the awesome wild things that in the sky, water and on land.  Campers will learn first hand about the amazing lives of Bees, and make their own bees wax candles.  SHHHH… campers will even set up a night camera to get pictures of what is out and about after dark! 

July 25-29 Living Tiny in the Forest – Offered by The Ecology School

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be two inches tall for a week? Now is your chance to find out. Where would you live? How would you travel? What would you eat? Think miniature and come explore, build and create from a tiny point of view.

August 1-5 Eco Detectives- Offered by The Ecology School

Nature is full of mysteries! Campers will be deputized as “Ecology Detectives in Training” before embarking on a week’s worth of adventures. Each day campers will be presented with a new “case” and discover multiple clues which they will need to solve the mystery of the day.

August 8-12 Ahoy Matey – Offered by the KCT

Pirates! Pirates! Pirates!  Campers become pirates on the coast of Maine for a week!  Spend Monday and Friday at Cocoons making their pirate character come to life, following clues on a treasure hunt to find buried treasure, and learning about and living like the pirates of long ago.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday explore some of the pirates’ favorite stomping grounds, hearing the stories of the great battles on the Islands of Cape Porpoise.  Visit Vaughn’s Island (off Turbats Creek) and learn of the Ghosts that still roam there.  Spend time on the Batson River at the Emmons Preserve in Kennebunkport, (located less than 10 minutes from Cocoons)  Make and sail their own boats, wade in the waters of the river, and try their hand at orienteering on a quest to capture their missing pirate flag!

Please use the links provided below to obtain more detailed information about the camps as well as to register.

The Ecology School weeks 7/5, 7/25 & 8/1

http://www.theecologyschool.org/camps-and-summer-programs/

The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust weeks 7/11 & 8/12

http://www.kporttrust.org/shop-kct/where-the-wild-things-are-summer-camp-july-11-15th

http://www.kporttrust.org/shop-kct/ahoy-matey-summer-camp-august-8-12th


Exciting Cocoons 2016 Summer Camp Changes

This year summer camp at Cocoons is going to look a little different. After many years of teaching year round, Miss Laura, Miss Peggy, Miss Stephanie, and Miss Sandy are going to take a much needed break. To date, this year there will be no environmental summer camp at Cocoons during the weeks of July 12-16 or August 8-16 but the other three summer camp weeks are going to be AWESOME!!

We are thrilled to be able to announce that this year Cocoons is partnering with The Ecology School, formerly known as Ferry Beach Ecology School when our very own Miss Laura was part of their staff, located in Saco Maine. The Ecology School staff will be offering camps for children ages 4-11 during the weeks of July 5-8July 25-29, and August 1-5. Lot and lots of research went into partnering at our precious school. We sought out only programs that matched our philosophy and enthusiasm for teaching young children about the environment.  Some of Miss Laura’s good friends will be the summer camp teachers. These teachers will provide exciting extensions of environmental learning that takes place at Cocoons during the academic year. Of course Miss Sandy will be at school the first Monday of every session to meet and greet and introduce our Cocooners to her friends from the Ecology School.

We would like to invite you to visit www.TheEcologySchool.org to learn lots more about this wonderful school and their programs. We have shared The Ecology School’s Mission statement and Philosophy below. The Ecology School is working hard to offer organized activities that will fill your child’s summer days with fun experiential outdoor learning and lots of laughter.

Registration will begin online during the second week in March just like Cocoons camp registration has been for the past several years. We anticipate that these camp weeks will fill up very quickly! The Ecology School will be providing a link for registration in the very near future along with more detailed information about their programs at Cocoons. We’ll be sure to keep you posted every step of the way!!

The mission of Ecology Education, Inc. is to foster stewardship for the Earth by reimagining education through the science of ecology and the practice of sustainability.
Philosophy
Since 1998, The Ecology School has brought innovative ecology education programs to thousands of children throughout New England and nationwide.  In everything we do – leading overnight and day programs on our coastal campus, teaching outreach programs at schools, running camps and publishing curriculum and field guides – we accentuate the magic, mystery and wonder of nature so that students can better understand and care for the environment.


Begindergarten Option In Kindergarten At Cocoons

For almost 15 years we have had a traditional kindergarten- 1st Grade
classroom with low teacher-student rations at Cocoons. The curriculum
continues to be awesome. Children graduate from the program with
amazing skills and a deep seeded love of learning. We are sure that
our K/1 class will continue to be amazing for years to come.

In recent years, however, we have had more and more young children
with summer and fall birthdays graduating from our 2nd year preschool
Blue Room. Their parents agonize over whether they should send these
young children on to kindergarten or have them spend another year in
the Blue Room? We have heard their concerns and have come up with what
we think is the best of all worlds…. a unique kindergarten
registration option for our young preschool
graduates….BEGINDERGARTEN!

Parents and educators alike know that children with a summer or fall
birthday almost always benefit a great deal from being in a smaller
school and classroom with low student teacher ratios where they can
mature and grow socially for another year before heading off to the
“big school”. They become leaders; they learn to advocate for
themselves and others; they learn to be patient; they perfect self
help skills, they find their voice…but parents also want their
children to be challenged. Now there is Begindergarten.

If your child’s birthday falls before the kindergarten cutoff date but
he or she would benefit from being in a smaller setting where they are
challenged academically while developing essential social skills,
independence, resilience, and confidence before heading off to the big
school, Cocoons Begindergarten option may be just what you’re looking
for.

•       Begindergarten students will be members of the Cocoons kindergarten
class where they will do number and letter work at a higher level.
Those who are developmentally ready will also be taught how to read.
•       Begindergarten students will be given time during the morning to
join the BR kids during self-guided Creative Play and Outdoor
Exploration on a daily rotational basis where they will be given added
opportunities to master social and leadership skills.
•       Begindergarten students will spend the afternoon in the
kindergarten classroom where they will participate in special
activities including art and science instead of resting. 12:00-3:00
•   Registration Options: M/W/F OR M-F  9:00-3:00


Open House

Open House for the 2016-2017 academic year is February 11th at 6:30pm for adults only. It is a wonderful time to tour the school, meet the staff and animals and learn about the registration process. Hope to see you there!


Summer Camp Registration

We are so excited that Spring is in the air. Online registration for Cocoons Summer camp begins on March 28th at 8:00am.

Please click on the Summer Programs tab at the top to view themes and prices and to register online.


Open House

Open house for 2015-2016 Prospective and Present Cocooners is February 12th from 7:00 -8:00pm ( A great way to meet next years teachers, tour the classroom and ask any questions you may have!)


Fun New After School Activities

We are SO excited to be able to offer some fun after school programs at Cocoons. The programs that have been firmed up are: 


1. Mindfulness classes taught by our very own Miss Elizabeth on Mondays

2. Hip-Hop Dance taught by Rivertree Arts on Tuesdays

3. Yoga taught by our very own Miss Jen on Wednesdays

4. Mad Science taught by the Mad Science folks on Thursdays

….and maybe Karate on Fridays

(Actual descriptions of the classes will follow soon…) 

**All children who are 3 and older and are registered to stay for aftercare at Cocoons past 4:00 o’clock will be automatically registered in classes as part of their aftercare experience. 

**If your child is a present Cocooner and is not registered to stay in aftercare after 4:00, you may sign up for classes as of today, August 4th.

** Cocoons’ alumni ages 8 and younger can sign up as of 8/11th

** Registration will be open to the public as of 8/18th 

Register Cocooners & alumni by emailing us to get your name on a specific after school class list. The cost of each class is approximately $10 or $100 per session. Everybody will pay the provider for the semester directly after 8/18th. DO NOT SEND COCOONS ANY MONEY FOR THESE CLASSES!  

Class size will be limited to #12 students

** The class schedule will be as follows 

Session 1: September 30-December 16.  No class 11/11, 11/25, 11/28.

Session 2: January 13-March 24. No class 2/17.

Session 3: March 31-May 12 (6 classes). No class 4/21. $65.


2014 Auction Items to Benefit the Friends of Cocoons Scholarship Fund

Items will be auctioned off at the Art Show on May 18th, however you can prebid by emailing your bid to cocoonsdayschool@gmail.com.

1.  One dozen organic eggs per week September – June (40 dozen) Our very own Maddie Dries dad & mom are the proud owners of LLL Farm in Kennebunkport. They lovingly raise their own pigs & chickens in order to sell organic pork, chicken and eggs. Be sure to visit their website and like them on Facebook! Value $150+)

2. Front Row Seats at the I Love You Show  Every year 300+ people sit in the I Love  You Show audience. As many Cocooners already know, you need to show up very early to get good seats! This is the perfect opportunity to get front row seats reserved for your family…as many seats as you need!

3. # 2 Patriots Tickets The Manning family has generously donated  two Patriots vs Chicago Bears tickets. Game date is October 26th.  Fantastic seats Section 129; Row 19; seat numbers 20 & 21 right on the aisle. (Value $300)

4.  Ocean Exposure Family Photo Shoot ( Chris & Cindy Smith, owners of the renowned Ocean Exposure and alumni, have generously donated a beach photo session and an 8 X 10 of your choosing from the shoot. They are a phenomenal team who have even done lots of work for President Bush’s family!  What a treat! (Value $300)

 

5. Original pastel painting of a Famous local landmark  by acclaimed Maine artist Suzanne Payne (Suzanne M Payne lives in Kennebunkport and has received numerous awards for her paintings! She displays her work at Northlight Gallery on Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport. This framed 8 X 8 inch painting is gorgeous! Thank you Suzanne for your ongoing support of the Friends of Cocoons scholarship drive! (Priceless)

6.   Baker’s Dozen Lobsters fresh from our very own Mitchell Nunan’s boat  Our very     own Mitchell Nunan operates his own lobster boat out of Cape Porpoise. He has generously donated a bakers dozen of the freshest Maine lobsters you will ever eat. With one weeks notice they can be yours any time this summer!

7.  500 square feet (1 Pallet) of Sod ( Our very own Samantha Morgan’s dad of Winding Brook Farm in Lyman, Me has donated this gorgeous healthy sod! Winding Brook Farm is a family owned turf producer with more than 50 years of experience. Their team prides itself on providing the highest quality turf grass and the best service in NE. (Value $600)

8. One $200 organic farm share donated by Stone Farm located in Arundel & Kennebunkport. Stone Farm vegetables have been featured at 50 Local, Federal Jacks and SeaDogs in Portland. Order your veggies online and have them deliver to one of two local pickups. Farmer Mike Nadeau has been working very hard to grow the best veggies in NE. Visit www.stone-farm.net to  learn more about his awesome farm plot.

9. $50 gift certificate donated by the famous Allisons Restaurant in the Port. Special thanks to Kelly Lord.

10. Blooms Flower Shoppe on Post Road in Wells has donated a uniquely beautiful floral arrangement every month for your home September -June-to be delivered either to your local home or to Cocoons for pick-up. Special thanks to the Moody families for their generosity. (Value  $500)

11. One week of Cocoons 2015 summer camp.  Monday-Friday; you choose the week      next March when registration begins ; 9-3. (Value $200+)

12. Two hour fly fishing excursion/lesson for one angler with our very own master fly fisherman John Burrows. John is an atlantic salmon conservation and river expert! Your lesson will cover basic casting and angling techniques, fisheries and river ecology, and a tour  of a few very special scenic sites on the lower Mousam River. There will also be an opportunity to catch fish if desired.  Note: Fishing license not included (Value $200)

 

 


Summer Camp Registration!

We are so excited that Spring is in the air. Online registration for Cocoons Summer camp begins on March 29th at 8:00am.

Please click on the Summer Programs tab at the top to view themes and prices and to register online.


Exciting Changes at Cocoons

We are thrilled to annouce that we are making some changes at Cocoons based on both amassing research that indicates the importance of education birth-8 and the well articulated needs of our parents. 

Beginning September 2014, we are adding a toddler program, tweaking our existing programs, and extending aftercare hours. We are constantly looking for ways to make Cocoons even more magical than it is now!

Please take some time to read about the changes and contact us quickly if you are interested in registering for any for these programs.  All spots will be filled strictly on a 1st-come-1st serve basis.


Exciting Changes at Cocoons

During the 2014-15 Academic School Year

 

New Toddler Program 

Limited to #8 Children

Given that well documented evidence continues to amass regarding the importance of birth thru 8 education, Cocoons is expanding the ages of children we teach to include a Toddler Program for children ages 2-3 to lay the foundation for future learning.  (No, they do not need to be potty trained!)

 

The program will be a nurturing, fun-filled, experientially based program with consistent exposure to books, art, music, small & gross motor activities, sensory activities, peers and buddying with older children, the garden, the barn, and outside fun. The development of the child’s expressive and receptive language skills will be fostered as we guide them in expressing their needs and ideas. Toddlers will learn, discover, create friendships, and have fun through both structured and unstructured play.

 

A downstairs classroom at Cocoons will be designed to effectively accommodate this age

A separate fenced area of the playground will be designated just for them.

Two experienced teachers will be hired to teach in this classroom

Toddlers will be able to attend either Tuesday/Thursday; Monday/Wednesday/Friday; or 5 days a week from 8:30-11:30 or 8:30 -3:00 and will be eligible to register for before-care from 8-8:30 and aftercare until 5:30.

Tuition will be the same as for all other children who attend Cocoons.

 

Kindergarten/1st Grade Multi Age Classroom Changes

Limited to #8 Students

During the 2013-14 school year, the kindergarten/1st grader’s primary classroom will be upstairs. Miss Peggy will continue to be the lead teacher with Miss Laura co-teaching the art, environmental education, and science curriculum. The curriculum will continue to be designed to meet each child’s needs at both the kindergarten and 1st grade level.

 

 

Limited Enrollment in First & Second Year Preschool Programs

Enrollment in the Green Room (First Year Preschool Classroom) will be limited to #13 children per day with #2 teachers and enrollment in the Blue Room (Second Year Preschool Classroom) will be limited to #16 students per day with #3 teachers. The design of the curriculum in these classrooms will remain the same! All spots will be filled on a 1st come 1st serve basis.

 

2014-2015 Aftercare Hours Have Been Expanded to 5:30 

Due to popular demand, aftercare hours have been expanded to 5:30. The aftercare schedule will include opportunities for children to visit the barn, cook, do arts & crafts,and have fun with science as well as spend time exploring outside. We are also working on offering lessons like dance and karate through outside providers as an additional service to our families.

 

Registration Process

If you are interested in having your child attend Cocoons in any of these program, please emailcocoonsdayschool@gmail.com and return a registration form and a one month’s deposit to save a spot.  All spots will be filled on a 1st-come-1st serve basis.