Touchstone Community School, a school for pre-K through Grade 8 in Grafton, offers Summer@Touchstone, a summer camp that reflects the school’s progressive, playful and joyful approach to learning.
The only independent school in Grafton, Touchstone has been serving youngsters for 38 years, and Summer@Touchstone is heading into its sixth year.
“We will be following all recommended health guidelines, and then some, to provide a safe environment for our campers,” head of school Sally Kent stated. “With no more than 45 campers, there will be plenty of rooms and recreation areas with experienced teachers spread throughout.”
Summer@Touchstone offers rich, engaging experiences that foster empathy, compassion and the joy of lifelong learning in a small, community school setting.
“Children have missed so much school this year. This camp will restore some of that school feeling with a day full of play and choice,” Kent said.
In her first year as head of school, Kent has brought more rigor, intentional literacy and math blocks to the morning schedule with mixed-aged project blocks students can choose from in the afternoons. Projects blocks range from woodworking to cooking to theater.
Five one-week sessions begin June 29. Campers will enjoy days filled with outdoor play, hands-on activities and opportunities for friendship and new learning.
Touchstone School and Summer@Touchstone value the growth that comes from outdoor education, projects by choice, indoor quieter times for story or reading, and games.
Mornings are filled with cooking, outdoor sandbox, “chicken time,” plasma cars, gardening, pick-up sports, yoga, storytelling and crafts. Afternoons have quiet read-aloud and read-to-self and game times, water play, more sports such as archery and basketball, and project blocks.
Focused project blocks include woodworking, sewing puppets by hand and sewing patterns by machine, art and gardening. These projects are included in the camp fee. There is no additional cost, except for fabric and patterns in the sewing-by-machine class (recommended for ages 10 and up).
Tuition and deposits will be 100 percent refunded if camp is canceled due to COVID-19.
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Editor’s note: This story appears in the April 22 print edition of the Hopkinton Independent.