Entertaining and educational activities are planned for children ages 5 to 11. Their days are filled with field trips to local parks and historic sites, campus exploration and recreation, music, art, storytelling, games, swimming at Decorah's marvelous municipal pool, and much more.
"Fun with Science" will be the theme for this summer's program and the children will have an opportunity to spend some time with professors and students from Luther's physics, chemistry and biology departments in Valders Hall of Science and Sampson Hoffland laboratories. The kids will have some hands-on fun experimenting and learning about some super cool things. You simply won't find this kind of over-the-top curriculum in a regular elementary school science classroom!
The children will also take a tour of the Decorah Trout Hatchery at Siewer Spring with one of the fish hatchery biologists, and spend some time learning about the Decorah Eagles that live nearby.
Assisting with the art programming each day will be Lea Donhowe Lovelace '97, director of the Little Masters Art Studio and Co-Director of Decorah's Arthaus. The art classes are designed for specific ages and abilities of children, empowering them to succeed in their creative process at all levels.
Children are divided into age-appropriate groups and led by certified teachers and college-age assistants. Normally, there are three groups with 10 to12 children in each group.
On campus pre-school child care will be provided by skilled leaders for children ages four and younger during the class periods from 8:15 a.m. until noon and again from 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. The children will be involved with age-appropriate activities throughout their time in care, focusing on all areas of development. Each day, weather permitting, will also include outside movement time in a space attached to the care center. Snacks will be included throughout the day and a nap/resting period will be necessary for each child.