Giving The Gift of An Experience This Holiday

Giving The Gift of An Experience This Holiday

Do you want to create a memory for your child this Christmas that will last a lifetime?  Giving the gift of an experience this Holiday. 

With Christmas 2017 just weeks away, many of us are wondering what to buy for our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers, and sisters.   Of course, there is always Fingerlings, Lego Boost, Hatchimals Surprise, and Teddy Ruxpin this Holiday.  The problem is that most of these things end up unused or in the trash in a matter of months.  How about giving the gift of an experience this holiday to your child or grandchild?

Rather than wasting time and money on something that will end up thrown away, think about gifting your young one an experience instead.  Recent research is showing that an experience can have much greater impact than a material at the museum

In 2014, Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, found that experiential adventures, such as travel, concerts, or exhibits, were far more powerful in shaping our lives and boosting our happiness than any commercial, material goods.  Specifically, the study found:

  • Experiences formed a greater part of self-identity than material possessions
  • Experiences are evaluated differently to invoke fewer comparisons than consumption purchases.
  • Experiences enhanced social bonds between people.

Friendships are very important to a happy life and sharing those experiences with others strengthen bonds in ways that sharing possessions never could.  Further, Gilovich writes “what we might call the story value of a purchase is greater for experiences than our material possessions.  We feel more compelled to talk about our experiences and we get more out of doing it”.

Gift ideas for your Child for Christmas

For those of you who are thinking of gifting your child or grandchild this Holiday Season, we have suggestions for you.  These are not only limited to just to options within Fresno, suggestions include destinations within a few hours of Fresno.

  1. Chaffee Zoo – Purchase an annual membership and take your child or grandchild on an adventure throughout the year.   
  2. Discovery Center – A fun place with a cactus garden and hands-on science displays. 
  3. Monterey Bay aquariums – This is more in line with a day trip but a memorable one at that.
  4. Amusement Parks – There is Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Studios for kids of all ages.  For the older ones, there is Magic Mountain.
  5. Los Angeles Museum of Natural History – This is a great idea for a long day or weekend trip as you would need that much time to see everything.  They have everything ranging from a large dinosaur display to hands-on science exhibits to a real space shuttle.   
  6. National Parks – We live within hours of three amazing parks, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia national parks.  This is a great option if you are into camping and enjoying the outdoors.

In talking with parents about their memories of their childhoods, it is experiences such as camping trips, family reunions and vacations that come up rather than toys or possessions. 

This list should be a good starting point.  I am sure that you can find more on your own.  Please let me know any ideas you have for experiences for your children and grandchildren.  I look forward to seeing what you have to say.



Five ways to teach the gift of service this Holiday

Teaching chlldren the gift of serviceUse this Thanksgiving and Christmas to teach your child a life lesson with five simple ways to teach the gift of service this Holiday.

We are approaching the 2017 Holiday Season that starts off every year with Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. The feast lasted three days, and was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. At the time, New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “Thanksgivings” – days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as a good harvest, military success or the end of a drought.  Here are five simple ways to teach the gift of service this Holiday.

I have found that the celebration of Thanksgiving and the Holidays is a great time to touch children empathy and helping those who are less fortunate. In talking with families who have incorporated service into their holiday traditions, the recurring that comes back time and time again, is just how these acts impact the children as they mature.

I have found that those children that were introduced to service early in their young lives, generally speaking have much more empathy of those members of society who are less fortunate. Over the years, as these children have grown into adults and have had their own families, it has been surprising to me just how many of them have carried service into their own Holiday traditions. This is an indicator of just how significant the act of service is to the human spirit.

Introducing service into our Holiday traditions

In talking with many parents this past year, the importance of teaching service to our young students have come up time and time again. So important is this lesson, that some parents have told me of their desire to not only learn service in school but also to learn it at home.

These conversations have given me the desire to create a small list for those families who want to serve those less fortunate than ourselves. All of these organizations are local and do great work in our community. These charities are as follows:

  1. Poverello House – The Poverello House helps many of Fresno’s homeless and needy, many of whom are children. You and your child can help serve a meal and by donating needed items.
  2. Toys for Tots – Toys for Tots delivers new toys to young children in need. You and your child can buy a toy for a needy child and deliver it to a distribution center.
  3. Marjaree Mason Center – The Marjaree Mason Center provides shelter and assistance to women and children who are victims of spousal and domestic abuse. This great community resource is dependent upon donations to fund their operations.
  4. Armed Forces – Our members of the military have made great sacrifices of service for our freedoms. You and your child can help by sending overseas service members gifts as many of them will be in harm’s way this Holiday season.
  5. Elderly Homes – Deliver homemade foods and goodies to elderly households in Fresno.

As the 2017 Holiday Season quickly approaches, consider adding service to your family traditions. The impact that it can have on your family can be life changing for your children and future generations. In this post, I have given you five organizations that are doing great things in our community. 

There is no better time than the present to teach the gift of service.  Here are five ways to teach the gift of service this Holiday.

Are todays teens slower to grow up than their parents?

Are todays teens slower to grow up than their parents?

Mid-to-late teens and young adults are transitioning into adulthood at a much slower pace, and they are okay with it.

As a parent of teenagers, the research is corroborating what I have long observed.  Are todays teens slower to grow up than their parents?  As a member of a small group of friends at the same point in our lives, many of us have recent high school graduates living at home who are in no rush to venture forth into adulthood.

Our children, mine included all recently graduated from high school with good grades, did well in college placement exams, and even managed to be accepted to state colleges and universities.  Only one of us out of our group of six had a child that opted to leave home to go a university out of the area.

Within our small group of friends, school choice was not the only surprising observation to emerge at our recent get together.  Choices regarding driving, partying, and relationships was also unexpected.  None of the young adults living at home within our small group of friends wanted any of it.  Rather, they chose to remain close to home doing pretty much did in high school, go to school, hang out with friends, and work, if they had jobs.

Todays teens slower to grow up?

It turns out that we are not alone in our observation regarding the current generation of young adults.  Recent academic research is corroborating this trend.

Jean M. Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University recently looked at four decades of survey data about mid-to-late teens.  She found that members of this group are delaying the classic milestones of adulthood, mainly working, going out without their parents, driving, dating, and partying.  

“Today’s 18-year olds share the same behaviors as did 15-year olds in the late 1970s.” says Ms. Twenge.  Adding, that they are making these choices voluntarily, parents are not imposing this delayed independence.

Factors leading to the choice to grow up slowly

When asked for an explanation of these choices, Twenge says that the spread of smartphones is a factor.  Smartphones enable teens to socialize from the safety of their own homes.  They no longer have to leave home to be free of eavesdropping parents.  Typing on keyboards, Facetime and video can be done with in the safety of a small screen.   

todays kids are slower to grow upAccording to Twenge’s study, there are additional factors at play as well.  A declining rate of childbirth and advances in safety drive this process.  When parents have fewer children and expect them to reach adulthood, they expend more care upon them.

Ms. Twenge makes another observation in her study that few would argue with.  Children in their mid-to-late teens are completely unprepared for adulthood.  She adds, “this is not a good thing or a bad thing, the transition into adulthood is happening over a longer course of time”. 

While Ms. Twenge’s study is receiving a lot of attention, it is not without controversy.  Many experts are disputing the main points that the study makes. 

Living in a household where such a scenario is playing out, I think that Ms. Twenge’s conclusions have merit.  While my children are much closer to home than when I was at their age, I still see that teenage rebellion but manifested in different ways.  Rather than having to leave home to engage in my rebellion, today’s teens are able to do the same with technology and with their friends from the comfort and safety of their own homes. 

What do you think?  Do you observe today’s teens slower to grow up?

Ways to help your child transition into preschool

Ways to help your child transition into preschool


For some children, the anxiety of a new experience doesn’t dissipate with time.  Here are some ways to help your child transition into preschool.

Preschool offers children many benefits that remain with them for the rest of their lives.  A high quality preschool experience is designed to build a foundation for young children for future academic, emotional, and social success.

Preschool for many children is also the first time that they start to experience independence away from mom and dad.  As a result, entering a new preschool environment filled with unfamiliar teachers and kids can cause anticipation and anxiety in the child.  This in turn can cause the parents to question whether or not their child is ready for preschool.

What are some of the biggest challenges kids face in transitioning to preschool?

One of the biggest challenges for children starting preschool is saying goodbye to their parents.  For many children, it is their first time separating from mom and dad.  There are many others who have been separated from their parents before but never before in such a demanding situation.  This in turn can lead them to feel anxious.

Easing your child’s separation anxiety

Many young children will take their cues from their parents.  If a parent is feeling anxious about starting preschool and questioning their decisions, the child is likely to pick up this anxiety as well.  This anxiety is manifested in your child’s behavior in the form of outbursts or temper tantrums.

To help the child adjust, the parents need to convince themselves that starting preschool is the right decision.  Once accepted, there will likely be a subconscious change in the parent’s behavior that conveys confidence enabling the parent to provide the child with the reassurance they need to get over their anxiety.

Their separation anxiety should dissipate

As your child spends more time in preschool, the unfamiliar will become familiar.  They will find their way around their classroom and they should start developing new friendships.  As their transition takes place, their anxiety should dissipate and for many, they will start to look forward to going to school.

Things you can do if your child is still anxious.

If after a few weeks in school, your child is still feeling separation anxiety when going off to school, there are some things you can do to help them with their transition.  You can give your child a transitional object such as a favorite blanket or toy to carry in their backpack.  You can tell them that the toy or blanket is to serve as a reminder that mommy or daddy will be coming back.

You can also play a little game with your child to show them that mommy and daddy will be coming back.  Hide a favorite toy or blanket in a special place and ask them something along the lines of “you can’t see your toy or blanket, does that mean it is not there?”.  “Do you think it is still there?”  “Let’s go take a look”.  When your child finds the toy or blanket, tell them “even though you could not see the ball, it was still there, just like mommy and daddy when they go to work.”  You are reinforcing “object permanence,” a concept that comes earlier in their young life but can be threatened by the emotional challenge that separation represents.

Ways that preschool helps your child grow.

For some children, not only is preschool the first time that they experience something as individuals, it is also the first time they are going into a group setting where the teacher’s attention is shared between several students.  Learning to share a relationship with others is a lesson we all have to learn at some point in our young life.

Another way your child grows is when they have to learn to make friends, share things, take turns and control their impulses.  Many children are already learning these things when they start school.  Preschool presents them with opportunities to practice these new skills that they will carry forward the rest of their life.

Interacting with other children gives your child the opportunity to learn about other children’s feelings, empathy, and to discover the joy of being generous.

We have noticed that most young children love the daily routine of preschool.  They get excited about mastering their schedules.  They learn when nap time, recess, and playtime take place and they become thrilled with themselves.

Around this same age, fantasy play becomes stronger and their imagination becomes more elaborate when other children are around.  They benefit from being around other children in terms of language acquisition and even motor development.  Their self-esteem and confidence also increases as you see them take more risks on the playground such as by climbing up the slide.

Closing thoughts

If you have tried everything and your child is still exhibiting separation anxiety, talk to their teacher as well to find additional strategies to manage their transition into preschool.  Your child’s teacher is very experienced and dealing with separation anxiety is something that we have done for many years.  

Here at Fairmont Private School, we are committed to your child’s success in school and in life.  

Helping your Pre-School student process their first day of school

Helping your Pre-School student process their first day of school

Talking to your child about their feelings about school can quickly turn a negative experience into a positive one

Children in Fresno, Clovis, and Madera ranging in age from preschool through college are getting ready to start a new school year this week and the next.  While much has been written about how to prepare your child for the new school year, this post is intended to help you process school once they have started back.  Helping your pre-school student process their first day of school can quickly turn their negative experience into a positive one.

New experiences are by definition exciting, especially for a young child.  One of the most significant transitions in a young life is when a child starts pre-school.   For many of us, the significance and recollection of this event is something that we take with us into adulthood.

While for many of us, this transition is positive, for others, it can be traumatic.  The assistance of a parent or caretaker in processing through these feelings can be the difference between good and bad memories of school that impact how we perform in school into adulthood and beyond.

Helping your child process their first day of Pre-School

For most children, the prospect of new experiences and friendships are a positive and exciting development.  As parents, we can help our child process their anticipation and experiences by inquiring about their first day of school.  

Some questions that we can ask include:

  • What did you like best about pre-school?
  • Did you meet any new children?  If so, what are their names?
  • What did you learn?
  • What do you like best about school?

If the experience was a positive one for your child, use this conversation as an opportunity to affirm their experiences and to lavish praise upon them for navigating through their new experience and for wanting to learn new things.  In my experience, praise received as a child really goes a long way in helping a child to develop self-confidence and esteem as well as to being open to new experiences.

For some children, the first day of pre-school will not be a positive experience.  For these children, helping them process their feelings is critical in turning bad feelings into good ones.

If your child had a bad first day of school, ask them about the things that they did like about their first day of school including such things as new friends, their teacher, what they learned, and so forth.  It is also important to discuss about what part of their day was not a good experience.  Try to understand the nature of experience and recommend ways to help them going forward.  Showing an interest, listening, and helping to process feelings can quickly turn a negative experience into a positive one.  It is very important to affirm and validate their feelings and to understand the source of their anxiety and bad feelings.

Feel free to involve your child’s teacher in helping them process their experience.  Doing so, can convey to your child that there is a whole group of people behind them who care about them and is available to help them at school.  It is important for them to see that they have an advocate at school looking out for their best interests.

Your child’s well-being and development is of primary importance to us.  We are here to help you in any way needed to turn your child’s bad experiences into good ones.  We also hope that this blog post about helping your pre-school student process their first day of school was beneficial.

How To Prepare Your Child for Preschool

How To Prepare Your Child for Preschool

Steps you can take now to prepare your child for preschool

Many children throughout Fresno and Clovis will soon be embarking on one of the first big steps in their young life, starting preschool. For many, preschool is less than two months away.  Here are things you can do today to prepare your child for preschool, their first major life transition. 

While many parents are doing the obvious to prepare their child for preschool by working on the basic skills such as reading, playing and exploring, there are additional activities that can be added to the mix.  Additional activities include going on nature walks, working on puzzles and visiting the library.

Just as important as preparing your child intellectually for preschool is the need to prepare them emotionally.  Here are a few tips to help with the process of transitioning your child from home to preschool. 

Preparation before preschool starts

The following are activities you can start now, long before your child actually starts preschool.

Acting it out

.  Role playing or pretending is the way that many young children learn important life skills.  Use pretend play to prepare them for preschool.   Acting out such things as learning to hang up their backpacks, taking naps, working with others, taking turns, playing games, and using puppets are fun role playing activities you can play with your child.

Express and acknowledge feelings.  

It is natural for human beings to feel anxiety when preparing for a new experiences.  Your child starting preschool is no exception.  You can help your child by encouraging them to express their feelings.  Listen closely and acknowledge their fears.  Along with feelings of anxiety, you may notice changes in their behavior.  Children may regress in one area as they prepare for developmental growth in another.  With the proper support, the changes should be temporary for your child.

Work on self-help skills

.  The beginning of preschool marks a big period in your child’s young life when independence takes on a larger focus.  Help your child learn to master important basic tasks on their own such as using the restroom, washing their hands, cleaning up after themselves and putting their shoes and socks on.

Shift your schedule around.  

As your child goes through the first few weeks of preschool, make whatever changes are necessary in your routines to help the transition.  Make it a goal to create a calm and peaceful environment at home.  Limit media in your house as your child gets used to their new schedule and put them to bed at a reasonable hour.  It is also helpful to spend time outdoors, weather permitting and offer your child a healthy breakfast.  Developing predictable and consistent themes for your child in the first few weeks of school helps to make the transition to preschool happen quicker and all the more smoothly.

Preparing once your child starts preschool

There are additional things you can do to make your child’s transition into preschool all the smoother.

Visit the preschool

.  Visit your child’s classroom and meet their teacher a few days before school begins.    Show your child where the schedule is posted, talk about what to expect throughout the day and show them where they will store their backpack and personal things.  This is a great way to build excitement and anticipation for some children.

Get organized

.   As the first day of school quickly approaches, make sure your child has all the clothing that they need, backpacks and supplies.  This is also a great time to get your child excited about their new experience.  Set aside time to review all of paperwork sent home the first day of school.

Leaving your child the first day of school.

  Make sure your child arrives to school on time.  Most preschool classes structure the morning arrival time with fun activities which allow the children to meet and greet their friends.  It is important children have the opportunity to play before the class begins.  Arrival time activities help children transition to a busy day of preschool activities.   As you leave your child, offer words of encouragement and tell them how you will be back to pick them up in just a few hours.  Quick goodbyes are best.  

Stay involved

.  Some children develop independence quicker than others.  Keep in touch with their teacher to see if they are struggling to say goodbye to you.  Our teachers have a great deal of experience and will work with you to develop a plan to help your child.  Always tell your child that you are leaving and try to be prompt when picking up your child at the end of their day.

Your child’s experience in preschool helps to define the type of experience that they will have the rest of their academic career.  With a little planning and preparation, you can help the transition for your child be a positive, confidence-building experience that will shape them the rest of their lives.

Fairmont Private School Summer Camp 2017

We are looking forward to another epic Summer at the Fairmont Private School Summer Camp 2017

With Summer 2017 at our doorstep, we are preparing for an exciting, educational, and fun summer school class for Fairmont Private School of Fresno summer school students. Classes for students this year include:

  • Science and Nature
  • Math and Reading Enrichment
  • Sports Clinic
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games of Strategy
  • Cooking
  • Photography
  • Acting and Improvisation
  • Show Tunes and Dance

Fun and learning do not end in the classroom. Inspirational field trips are planned for students to continue learning in new environments.

special events at Fairmont Private SchoolField trips for 1st-5th Grades

Learning as a child takes place throughout childhood. The following field trips are scheduled for Fairmont Private School summer school students grades 1st through 5h:

  • Fresno Chaffee Zoo:  The zoo is a culminating activity for the Science and nature class.  Campers will utilize their knowledge to identify animals and habitats
  • Bowling at Fresno State:  We have reserved the Fresno State Bowling Alley for our campers.  We will practice our basic math skills by computing our scores and learn the sport of bowling,
  • Miniature Golf at Blackbeards:  Campers will practice their golf techniques and enjoy a delicious lunch at Blackbeards.
  • Children’s Theatre:  Campers will attend the performance of The Hunchback of Notre Dame as a culminating activity for our Acting and Show Tunes Classes.  They will enjoy a live performance and critique the show

Guest Speakers

In addition field trips, Fairmont Private School Summer School will have guest speakers to present at assemblies for all of the children. Guests include:

  • The Bubble Man: Uses bubbles to teach science concepts. Interactive activities involving giant bubbles.
  • Visiting Chef: Visiting chef will cook with the children.


Classes at Fairmont Private School Summer School are designed to educate, entertain and enjoy. Summer classes include:

Science and Nature

Campers will engage in hands on activities to learn about Physical science concepts, animal habitats, and the wilderness.

Math and Reading Enrichment

Campers will explore their favorite children’s books.  Each book will be celebrated with special culmination activities involving cooking, art, and crafts.

Sports Clinic

Campers will learn the fundamentals to new sports and also have opportunities to enhance the sports they enjoy playing.  Sports will include group games and individual activities.

Arts and Crafts

Campers will explore the art process through paint, ceramics, printing, paper mache, chalk, drawing, and natural elements.

Games of Strategy

Campers will enhance their critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities through board game opportunities.  


Campers will plan and prepare culinary delights.  The cooking experience will be enhanced through visits from local chefs.

Acting and Improvisation

For those campers that are natural born actors and actresses, they will have the opportunity to build their skills through improvisation activities, skits, costume design, and set building. The children will showcase their talents through a special presentation for their families and friends.

Show Tunes

For those Campers that love to sing and perform, they will learn popular songs and showcase their talents at a special performance for their families and friends.

children in field at Fairmont Private SchoolIn Closing

Many of our former student’s fondest memories are of Fairmont Private School Summer Camp. Classes are filling up fast so enroll now to secure your child’s spot today. You can also call (559) 226-2347 or schedule a tour today.



Big Things Are In Store This Summer At Fairmont Private School

Summer School 2017 is shaping up to be pretty epic at Fairmont Private School in Fresno

With Summer 2017 just around the corner, this will be Fairmont Private School’s 43rd summer program. For forty-three years, we have been providing a challenging, stimulating, fun and entertaining summer program to the children of Fresno, Clovis, and Madera.

Since the first summer in 1974, we have tried to better the previous year by giving our new students new adventures and experiences. This year, we are offering the following classes:

  • Science and Nature
  • Math and Reading Enrichment
  • Sports Clinic
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games of Strategy
  • Cooking
  • Photography
  • Show Tunes and Dance

At the end of the summer session, children who took the Show Tunes and Dance class in addition to the Acting class will be staging a performance for their parents and families.

In addition to exciting classroom activities, there are also have five field trips planned for students this summer session. They include:

  • The Zoo
  • Bowling
  • A meal at a restaurant
  • A trip to the Children’s Theatre
  • Miniature Golfing

We will be writing out our plans in greater detail for Summer 2017 in the coming weeks so please check back soon.

Sign up for Summer School 2017 at Fairmont Private School today to secure a spot for your child. Contact us or call at (559) 226-2347 with questions.

You can also schedule a tour of our campus if you are new to Fairmont.



Fairmont Private School, Family Built On Tradition

Our new motto that attempts to capture the essence of childhood memories of Fairmont

A motto is a short sentence or phrase chosen as capturing the beliefs or ideals guiding an individual, family or institution.

Fairmont Private School, Family built on traditionFairmont Private School Thanksgiving

This is our new logo that we are incorporating into all of our external communications.

We did not seek out a logo, rather it came to us after many conversation over the years with former students, many of who are parents and grandparents of current students.

The source of our motto

Fairmont Private School has been in the same location under the same ownership since 1974. As a result, we see the third generation of family members come through our doors. These people and their families are a very big part of who we are today.

In talking with many of them over the years, a recurring theme that comes up time and time again is the impact that relationships formed at Fairmont have had on their lives. There are many lifelong friendships that started here that endure to this day.   This is not limited to students from fifteen to twenty years ago but rather relationships that were formed in our earliest of days.

Fairmont Private School stories

Fairmont Private School kids playingOver the years, we have heard numerous stories from former students whose lives have been touched as a result of relationships formed at Fairmont. We speak to many of these former students when they drop off and pick up their children or grandchildren, students currently enrolled here at Fairmont.

The most common memories we hear about are of Holiday festivities such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Holiday programs we have held over the years seem to have had a big impact upon memories.

Another type of story that we hear about frequently about is how children were best friends here at Fairmont, go their own ways after graduation, and reunite later in life. These stories have been within the context of school, athletics, church and life. The recurring theme is how these people immediately recognize each other after many years and immediately reignite their friendships as though they never lost contact.

What is the source of these experiences?

Fairmont Private School, family built on traditionIn talking with others about these experiences, we find that they are unique especially when it comes to early memories of school. While we haven’t been able to nail down just what it is that creates these memories, the theme that comes up time and time is the unique family setting and traditions that have come to define what we do.

We have been moved by the stories we have heard and are honored to learn of the impact that we have had on the lives of so many of our former students.  We are humbled and thankful for being given the opportunity to play a role in the lives of your children and families.  

Contact us for more information, schedule a tour, or complete an application online.  Please feel free to call us at (559) 226-2347.



Fairmont Summer Camp 2016

An update on Fairmont Private School Summer Camp 2016

The Theme For Fairmont Summer Camp 2016, our 42nd Summer Camp is “A Unique Camp Experience”

Reading for EnjoymentSummer is a time when lifetime childhood memories are made. It is when we as children experience the Beach for the first time, a trip to a theme park, a family vacation, or a new experience.

Summer at Fairmont Private School has been a memory for more than three generations of children from the Fresno and Clovis areas as it has been a central part of our curriculum since 1974. During that time, our focus has been to provide our students with an intellectually stimulating, fun, learning environment that will prepare them for the year ahead.

Having successfully implemented over forty summer programs over the years, there are key fundamentals that have remained the same while new activities and events have been added to our program.

A Unique Camp Experience

Every year, we build a summer program around a theme. This year, it is “A Unique Camp Experience” where we will provide your child with exciting and fun daily activities that focuses on a Strategic Gamesfundamental skill that is essential for success later in life whether it be building upon their reading and math skills, social skills, how to use their imagination and creativity or any other assortment of essential life skills.

Summer camp at Fairmont is broken down into two sessions with session 1 taking place between June 14 and July 1 and session 2, starting July 5 and running through July 22, 2016. Camp hours are between 7:00 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening. We ensure that all of our campers have a positive experience with much of our Summer staff made up of Fairmont instructors.

Parent Feedback

016Every year, we strive to make our next Summer program better than the last. Parent feedback is very important to assess how we are doing because parent’s see and hear what their children are doing everyday.

Feedback we have received includes:

“We love the format of the camp. Fairmont Summer Camp offers the children academics and fun experiences.”

“My child looks forward to Fairmont Summer Camp each year.”

Summer Program Tracks

The Fairmont Summer program is made up of four different tracks, broken down by age and skill level including Toddler Summer Camp, Preschool Prep Academy Camp, Kindergarten Prep Academy Camp and 1st Through 5th Grade Camp. Each track consists of activities targeted at that specific age group with each track having its own unique goal.

Toddler Summer Camp

International CookingThe children are involved in active learning through the day. Activities will include climbing, dancing, creative dramatics, art, literature, language activities, snack time, and playtime. All children in the Toddler Summer Camp bring their own lunch and eat at 11:30 every day. Snacks are provided.

Preschool Prep Academy Camp

Preschool campers will enjoy a fun-filled morning of phonics, literature, math games, art studio, and ooey-gooey science fun.

Kindergarten Prep Academy Camp

Kindergarten campers will experience an exciting kindergarten curriculum designed to prepare children for kindergarten entrance in the fall.

1st Grade through 5th Grade Camp

Our first through fifth grade camp is a balance of academic enrichment, creative fun experiences, and field trips consisting of workshops that are designed to introduce campers to new activities as well as introduce curriculum learned during the school year. Workshops are enriching, purposeful and engaging, stressing teamwork and participation.

Activities and Schedules

Mad ScienceDaily activities and schedules for campers are broken down by days to ensure that they children are never bored and are learning new experiences. Our schedules across all four tracks are broken down as follows:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Schedule
• Science and Nature
• Math and Reading Enrichment
• Sports Clinic
• Arts and Crafts
• Games of Strategy
• Cooking

PuppetryTuesday and Thursday Schedule
• Creative Writing and Journalism
• Sports Clinic
• Acting and Improvisation
• Arts and Crafts
• Show Tunes and Dance
• Cooking

Summer has always been our favorite time of year here at Fairmont. While the time is short, it is rich in activities, experiences and fun.

Additional information about the Summer Program at Fairmont including applications are online. You can also contact us, call 266-2347, or schedule a tour to see our facilities.

We are excited about this summer and hope that your child can join us for a summer of fun, learning, and building friendships.