Summer Camp at Alcuin
The children are enjoying this year’s Alcuin Montessori summer camp. We have many camp themes to choose from. Our weekly sessions let you give your child a great variety throughout the summer. Whether your child is new to Montessori or a pro, this camp is a great way for them to discover, learn and grow in a safe and fun environment.
Become part of the Alcuin Montessori School community this summer and have your children experience “Fun with a Purpose!” The children have work on beautiful art pieces, have made their own theater production, and are learning French. We still have Spanish, Science and more coming our way.
The elementary children have already visited the Sears (Willis) Tower, the Notebaert Nature Museum, and more.
There’s still time to join us for one of these themes:
Art - June 15-19
Theater - June 22-July 1
Nature - July 6-10
French - July 13-17
Spanish - July 20-24
Science - July 27-31
French - August 3-7
Ages 6-12 (1st through 6th grades)
City Explorations - June 15-19
Spanish - July 6-10
Community Giving - July 27-31
Visit our camp page to register!
Wow, what a day! We saw so many things and learned a lot.
Our morning started off at 5:30 am. We got on our bus that was waiting for us just outside the hotel. Our first stop was the coffee plantation for a tour and breakfast. As usual, breakfast was great, and we got to go on a tour of how coffee beans are made. You wouldn't believe how long it takes to make coffee! The tour was really cool and the coffee smelled great.
Our next stop was the volcano. It is one of five active volcanoes on the island. It even had a sign saying, "in case of an eruption... stay calm." When we arrived, we had to walk up to this viewing area. When we got to the top, it was the prettiest thing I have ever seen. There was smoke arising from the volcano, and then when it cleared, you could see the crater. We decided to walk to another crater which had turned into a lake. The walk was pretty steep, and you were encaged by branches and leaves. I nearly passed out! We saw some wildlife along the way. When we got to the top, there was a beautiful lake. The landscape in Costa Rica is much greener than it is back home, and the air is fresh. After taking a couple of photos, we decided to walk back down to our bus to go to our last stop.
Along the ride to our next stop, we stopped for some local strawberries. They were delicious! We also got to try some Costa Rican candy. (I didn't like it.)
When we got to our next stop, it was a really cool rainforest resort with animals, waterfalls, and plants. We walked through and saw all of these really pretty butterflies, birds, and animals. Most of us got to hold a toucan! We got to go into a butterfly enclosure where the butterflies flew freely around. Some of them landed on us, and I got to take some really close-up pictures.
After that, we went on the waterfall tour. It, as well, had a lot of steep walking. The first waterfall was so cool. You could feel the mist hit your face. We kept walking to go see the other five waterfalls. There were a lot of stairs to climb in between waterfalls! At that point, we were all hungry so we got lunch at the resort.
Every day in the rainforest it rains, so we had to run onto the bus. We drove back to the hotel and while on the bus, i think everybody took a snooze. When we got back to our hotel, most of us swam. We got to Facetime with Jojo, and it was really nice to see her. We went to Opa! for dinner and had sandwiches and smoothies.
What another great day -- can't believe we only have two days left! I'm so grateful that I was able to come on this trip, and spend time with my friends.
MIDDLE SCHOOl - COSTA RICA DAY 5
Today was the rainforest day. We had to get up super early in order to catch the bus to the boat place. The boat ride was amazing! The boat was kind of like a bus. It was small and covered, and it fit about 20 people. We saw monkeys, iguanas, and birds. I was really happy that we got to see the monkeys, because we don't get to see them that often.
After the boat ride, we got back on the bus and went to Monte Verde for lunch and a hike. On the way, we saw two pineapple trucks. It was really cool. I love to eat pineapples! I didn't know how close to the ground they grew.
When we got there, we went on a hike and we saw lots of beautiful nature. We saw a blue jeans frog, which is a little red frog with blue legs. It's about the size of a penny! There were also a lot of pretty flowers. The tour guide taught us a lot about the forest. I'd never been on a rainforest hike before, and this one was really fun.
The next thing we did was go to Rainforest Adventures. We couldn't go zip lining, because there was a lightening storm. Instead, we went on a sky tram and almost saw a sloth! I really wish we had. The tram was cool anyways. It was kind of like a ski lift, but with closed carts. We went up 125 feet in the air!
After that, we came back to the hotel to get freshened up to go out to dinner at CRLA. The dinner was made by a local woman who cooks for a living. She made us barbecue chicken, cheesy mashed potatoes, and steamed vegetables with a salad including star fruit and apples. The star fruit was sour but really good.
After dinner, we went to the mall for a little bit of shopping and ice cream. The mall is pretty big and it has tons of stores. Most of them are little stores that sell things like phone cases and shampoo. The mall is different from the Oak Brook mall, because there are a lot of small vendors and it is densely packed.
Today was really fun, even though I wish we could have gone zip lining. I think the highlight was when we were on the tram, because there were tons of cool things to see. There are leaves that look dead, but they are really baby leaves, and when you put water on them and rub them, they turn green! The rainforest was a sight to see, and I really enjoyed seeing all the animals.
A blog by various Alcuin staff members.