Campers given chance to experience other cultures
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Jul 06, 2014 | 512 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CULTURE CAMP campers put pieces of paper together to create a flag.  Submitted photo, Montessori Kinder
CULTURE CAMP campers put pieces of paper together to create a flag. Submitted photo, Montessori Kinder
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Introducing children to new languages and cultures is at the heart of an annual two-week camp offered by Montessori Kinder International School.

This is the seventh year for the local school to offer the camp. This year it will run from July 14 – 25, 7:45 a.m. to noon each day.

“I feel that there is a lack of geography and culture in our traditional schools and children don’t really get a feel for, what is it like to be a child in a different country?” Montessori Kinder director Brigitta Hoeferle said. “That is how geography and even history come alive, if we can go back and start imagining… how would that feel.”

Culture Camp offers children 3 to 11 the opportunity to experience other countries through language, food, songs and dance.

“We are really plugging in to all of the senses to make that imagination come alive, and that’s where learning ends and just adapting the knowledge, just soaking it all in [begins],” Hoeferle said.

Hoeferle said many parents of the school’s students help bring cultures to life by presenting at the camp.

“They bring food. They wear their traditional outfit to come to us,” Hoeferle said.

Topics will also include housing, traditions and rituals of other countries.

Community members who are originally from other countries or have lived in other countries for an extended time also contribute to the camp.

According to a MK press release, “This year's Culture Camp will take a virtual trip around the world. Two of the ten destinations are Tasmania and Nepal.”

Hoeferle said the camp is also a way to invite the community to come and see the school and “what we do.”

"The feeling of belonging, hearing different languages and distinguishing differences in traditions and customs, and tasting foods from different cultures provides a deeper understanding of culture and geography. It's an amazingly rich outreach to all cultures and to our own community. It is life changing for families and individual children,” Hoeferle said.

She said the camp has also inspired families to consider trips to other lands.

While the camp has been held at other locations in the past, this year it will be at the Montessori Kinder campus on Tasso Lane.

The cost for the camp is $250.

MK is also partnering with the Trousdale School to offer the came. Two of Trousdale’s students work at Montessori Kinder.

Hoeferle said Trousdale has been a good partner for the Montessori school.

To register, call the school at 479-7282.

For more information about the Montessori approach to education visit, http://www.montessorikinder.com/montessori.html.