Emerging kindergarteners learn science at Judy Center at Campfield


Their peers might be playing with bubbles or riding their tricycles, but at the Campfield Early Learning Center Kindergarten Summer Science Camp, emerging kindergarteners are making models of molecules, discovering DNA, learning about habitats and life cycle adaptations and discussing conservation.

Each year, the Judith P. Hoyer Enhancement Program at Campfield – better known as the Judy Center – hosts a summer program to support students about to enter kindergarten with developing their school readiness skills.

Led by kindergarten teacher Emily Hurd, this year's camp has 29 participants and was developed in partnership with the children's museum Port Discovery and Baltimore County Public Library. Three BCPS secondary students assist at the camp and earn service learning hours for their efforts.

This year's camp began on July 8 and will end on July 26. Each day, students work on letter identification; name recognition; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities. Port Discovery staff visit with fun, hands-on science activities, and Baltimore County Public Library staff members stop by to introduce students to great books. The free program also provides breakfast and lunch for all participating students. Play Keepers Inc. offers aftercare for families at a reduced price.

Camp learning continues well past the end of the camp day; each child takes home a packet of activities to do each evening with his or her parents.

By the time school starts on August 26, these students will be classroom pros!

Story and photos submitted by Kathleen Mitchell, Program Facilitator, and Cheryl R. Belt-Jackson, Family Case Manager, Judy Center at Campfield Early Childhood Center
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