During Traditional Song (July 7-13), Celtic (July 14-20) and Old-Time Music & Dance (July 21-27) Weeks we offer a full-day program, taught by Denisa Rullmoss, for children ages 6-12. Remember, space is limited. Children must have turned 6 by July 1st to participate. No exceptions please. Program activities are scheduled during class periods, and parents are responsible for their children at all other times. Those bringing children should indicate so on their registration form. Children under 12 may stay in a room with two adults, at least one of whom is a registered student, at no charge, other than the cost of meals. The accompanying adult should provide each child's bedding (mattress, sheets, blankets, pillow), and both adults must request the arrangement. In the case of a single adult with child(ren), they will be housed together and charged an additional $150 for the week as long as space permits. Evening childcare for ages 3-12 will be provided at no additional cost.
Programs for 2013
Beneath the wind and waves lies the melody and magic of the OCEAN. This summer in the Children's Program we will visit the watery, wondrous world of the SEA and all of her inhabitants. We are likely to find sea horses, crabs, dolphins, fish, whales, mermaids, giant squid, sea serpants and much more. If King Neptune allows, we may take a ride in a Yellow Submarine to visit an Octopus' Garden! Colorful coral reefs, myseterious deep sea creatures, smelly seaweed snacks and a scary shark or two...who knows what may show up at the Gathering? LOTS of arts & crafts (with many shells), LOTS of water (and dry land) games and LOTS of fun will be our goal. Can you find the pearl in the oyster shell, the lost city of Atlantis or the homes of Sponge Bob, Patrick and Squidward? Let's not forget the sound of the sea...as we sing silly songs AND create a band led by Sue Ford (singer, songwriter, percussionist). As a special treat, we will be visited by wandering musicians and artists (Gathering staff) who will perform just for our kids. We will, of course, continue our long-loved traditions of shaving cream hairdos day, movie night, pie-eating contests and the Gathering Scavenger hunt. Each busy day will close with free swim time in the college pool. Non-swimmers must be accompanied by a parent to swim. So get your snorkels on and practice your fish faces as we dive into some nautical nonsense!! There will be a $30 art/craft materials fee for this class, payable to Denisa, the Children's Program coordinator, on arrival.
A typical day includes a lot of arts & crafts, games, swimming, jokes, snacks, silliness AND singing, singing, singing AND music class. Denisa hires a dedicated music teacher to come in after lunch each day and she performs with the children at the end of the week in the student showcase. There will also be visitations from Gathering staff each day, sort of like mini-concerts, just for the kids!
1st Period: circle, singing, crafts, games
2nd Period: games, more crafts, jokes
3rd period: (after lunch) music class with Sue
4th Period: swimming in the Warren Wilson College pool