Early Education, Summer FunMay 18, 2009
Summer school should always be like this: even study time is playtime.
For decades, Rowan University has offered a Summer Enrichment Program for children of students, faculty and staff but for 2009 the daylong program is better than ever.
The program, which began May 18 and runs through late August for children two and a half to six years of age, features lessons, activities, even field trips in which children learn math, language, music and more, all in the guise of a good time.
"With ‘Creative Curriculum' they're getting language arts and math plus other subjects in a play-based environment," said Jamie Lokaj, director/teacher of the Early Childhood Demonstration Center on the first floor of Education Hall on the main campus. "They don't necessarily know they're learning, but they are."
Lokaj said the program also features "Music Together," a section designed to coax and encourage early musical abilities.
"Music Together is a program that was designed at Rowan," Lokaj said. "Research shows that if children are exposed to music at a young age they can learn rhythm and tonality and they really like to express themselves."
Lokaj said parents are encouraged to attend the Music Together segments with their children so they can practice lessons at home.
In addition to the music and academic sessions the program features generous free-play time in which learning is encouraged through activities like hop scotch, swimming and Follow The Leader, all designed to emphasize gross motor development.
New for 2009, students will take several field trips during the summer to such off-campus attractions as Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum and Adventure Aquarium in Camden.
RU at Camden Preschool
For students, faculty and staff at Rowan University at Camden, the Summer Enrichment Program begins June 24.
Lorraine Ricchezza, director of the RU at Camden Preschool, said the summer program provides an important link between academic years.
"The most important thing is it reinforces skills children have learned and helps them acquire new ones," she said. "It reinforces reading and art and social studies and science. We don't want students to lose skills over the summer."
As with the Glassboro program, children enrolled in Camden will enjoy educational field trips and activities.
For more information about the Summer Enrichment Program, call (856) 256-4018 for the Glassboro campus or (856) 756-5400 for Camden.