Summer Gardening Programs for Kids Biddeford ME

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Maine Premier Soccer and Portland Phoenix
Portland Sports Complex, 512 Warren Ave
Portland, ME
 
STAGES: The Performing Arts Academy for Kids
(207) 510-6050
183 US Route 1
Scarborough, ME
Hours
Studio Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 8:30am-12n
Ages
GES: The Performing Arts Academy for Kids in Scarborough, ME 04074 | Parents Connect Local
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Cheryl Greeley Theatra - Dance Studio
(207) 767-1353
875 Broadway
South Portland, ME
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Portland Pottery and Metalsmithing Studio
(207) 772-4334
118 Washington Avenue
Portland, ME
Cost
Varies by activity
Ages
5And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Portland Ballet - The Maine Dance Center
(207) 772-9671
517 Forest Avenue,Suite 2
Portland, ME
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment

Camp Ketcha
(207) 883-8977
336 Black Point Road
Scarborough, ME
Ages
12-May
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Maine Indoor Karting
(888) 2GO-KART
23 Washington Avenue
Scarborough, ME
Hours
Varies; see website
Cost
Varies; see website
Ages
8And Up
Services Available
Camps

Maine Academy of Gymnastics
(207) 856-0232
20 Terminal Street
Westbrook, ME
Hours
See website for open gym schedule
Ages
2And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Indoors

Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine
(207) 828-1234
142 Free Street
Portland, ME
Hours
Labor Day - Memorial Day: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12n-5pm. Memorial Day - Labor Day: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12n-5pm
Cost
$9 (under 18 months free)
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors, Tourist Spots

Mad Science of Maine
(207) 878-2222
Portland, ME
Cost
Moderate to expensive.
Ages
12-May
Services Available
Camps, Kids Resources

Disguised Learning

According to Karen Hickmott, at Myers Action Institute, disguised learning means “the students have so much fun while learning they do not realize they are strengthening their academic skills.” Through the after-school and summer garden program offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, this 2010 grant winning program has made numerous topics relevant to their students by encouraging fun in the activities. The after-school program is lead by a site manager, two group leaders, two tutors and one teacher. During the school year, this program provides the students help with homework and tutoring along with lessons about nutrition. There are also opportunities for physical activity, arts and crafts, and music.

Students are involved in this program’s planning by helping decide the field trips they will go on, planning activities, and creating a student governing board. By keeping the students involved at the core of the program they are more likely to see the relevance of its activities in their life. When students get to help decide where the class will go on a field trip they tend to be more enthusiastic about going on the trip and are likely to take more away from the experience than students who only go or do what the teacher selects.

Summer Gardening Program

The summer program is lead by a partnership with four teachers from the elementary school and two teachers from nearby University of Michigan School of Education. During the summer months the academics are based on activities with themes such as the Food Pyramid, Time Travel, the Olympics, and The Magic School Bus. At Myers Action Institute, students have been taught how to make healthy food choices by looking at what they’re eating. Students are taught to identify the food groups on their plate. When there is something the students particularly enjoy eating, leaders help the students learn about the nutritional value. Through this exercise the students learn whether or not the foods they enjoy are good for them. If the choices are good, the leaders will make requests to have that item for future meals/snacks for the students. If it is not a healthy choice, the students are encouraged to think of other choices that are healthier and taste just as good. To re-enforce these lessons, the school nurse does weekly presentations for the students about making healthy nutritional choices. Students learn to eat healthy by making the choice on their own rather than having an adult telling them what to do.

Nutrition from the Garden

One bi-product of gardening with children at school programs is the children tend to look more favorably on eating the produce. They know where their food comes from and have a vested interest in it because their efforts aided in the growth. At Myers Action Institute, students are served a fresh fruit or vegetable snack each day. Making this snack time enjoyable has encouraged...

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