SUMMER ON THE FARM
ALL-DAY SUMMER CAMP ON A 10-ACRE CAMPUS
Kids Express Learning Center's Summer on the Farm Camp is located in the Madison, WI area on a beautiful 10-acre farmette. Children ages 6 weeks through age 12 have fun with a variety of activities and educational learning experiences. All 13 classrooms take on a new look as teachers prepare indoor and outdoor activities for summer fun. Our campus offers several shady playgrounds, a newly designed court and ten grassy acres just waiting to welcome children for loads of fun in the sun!
Each day, children meet with their camp teachers to engage in high-quality learning activities related to camp themes. Morning and end-of-day gatherings, lunch and snack are held with homeroom teachers. Throughout the rest of the day, homeroom teachers accompany the children to enrichment classes which provide opportunities for children to learn new skills and explore areas of special interest.
INFANT / TODDLERS
ALL-DAY SCHOOL-AGE SUMMER CAMP
Kids Express Learning Center’s Summer on the Farm program is all about fun! It offers a variety of experiences at one place so you don't have to piece together multiple camps and care throughout the Summer.
Homeroom teachers plan fun, interactive activities promoting literacy, math, writing, and learning.
Children retain what they learned throughout the school year in their core subjects and catch up on what they have missed.
Enrichment Programs Offered
School-age campers will have the opportunity to experience"Rock & Roll for Kids" (music), Zumba, Gymnastics, Yoga, Culinary, Gardening, Sports, Art, Nature/Science, and Drama classes. Learn more about our enrichment programs.
CORGIVILLE FAIR NURSERY
Corgiville Fair Nursery (CFN)is located in the lower level of The Dahlhouse and nurtures the youngest learners at Kids Express Learning Center. Up to eight children, six weeks to a year old, attend the nursery each day. Two teachers are devoted to the children’s care, with a third teacher sharing her time between the nursery and the adjoining toddler room.
The children enjoy daily stroller rides around the ten acre campus, time on the Infant/Toddler playground, and plenty of floor time and cuddle time with their teachers. When weather restricts outdoor activities, the children enjoy a change of venue in Little Engine That Could; our smaller of two gyms, where the children have extra space for playing with large toys.
Parents and teachers work together to develop individual sleeping, eating, and playtime plans for each baby, and teachers inform parents of the child’s daily experiences, including nap, feeding, and diapering details. The nursery environment is rich with milestone moments, abundant enthusiasm, and genuine affection.
MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS
Make Way for Ducklings MWFD)classroom is home to eight infant/toddlers. This bright, cheery, well-lit room is located in Building #3, The Dahlhouse.
A peak into this classroom may reveal the ‘Ducklings’ ) learning to feed themselves, crawling up the climber, sliding down the slide, or sitting in a group, enjoying flannel board stories. Watching the older ‘Ducklings’ in the group learn to toddle along the garden-lined pathways to the playground this summer will be a pleasantly “grounding” experience.
Degreed teachers are mindful of developmental milestones as they create daily activity plans for these young explorers. Specialists in Physical Education, Science/Nature, Gardening and Musikgarten enrich the lives of children each week.
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
The Velveteen Rabbit(VR) classroom is an Early Childhood Classroom for our oldest group of toddlers. Students in this beautifully decorated classroom have the advantage of gazing out into Prairie View Farm’s Children’s Garden from the spacious windows that line two sides of the classroom. Easy access to the Toddler Gym (Little Engine That Could) and the main gym (Little Red Gym) make this classroom a special delight to children, teachers, and families!
Specials, or Enrichment classes, begin with children entering this classroom. Nature/Science, Art, Gardening, Bucky Beats and Physical Education classes are offered during the academic school year and through the summer months. Gardening classes begin in early spring and run through the fall, each year.
TIME OF WONDER
Time of Wonder (TOW) classroom, located in The Dahlhouse is home-base to our class of 2 year olds. It is a classroom filled with interesting nooks and crannies from floor to ceiling. Unique, moveable fans whisper breezes downward during the school day while a large wooden airplane, suspended from the classroom’s rafters, adds a sense of wonder to the environment.
Teachers in Time of Wonder plan activities to help their young charges develop confidence, independence, curiosity, and motivation. Cooperation, empathy and self-control are skills teachers encourage daily. Indoor and outdoor activities round out each school day’s experience. Nature/Science, Art, Bucky Beats, Sports and Gardening classes enrich the children’s learning environment.
WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Wind in the Willows (WW) classroom is located at the west end of The Dahlhouse, Building #1 on the KELC campus. Children welcomed into Wind in the Willows are KELC’s older twos and young three years old. This group enjoys the attention of teachers who hold university degrees in early childhood education. The cheery, beautiful, bright, spacious classroom overlooks the gardens and pastures, having a calming effect on nature lovers of all ages. The inviting book nook beckons young "readers" to share favorite books with a friend or a teacher.
Youngsters in this age group are building a knowledge base from which to interpret their world. They have an innate drive to explore their environment and to find answers to their many questions. Wind in the Willows teachers excel at guiding young learners' exploration and self-expression. Science/Nature, Art, Gardening, Sports and Bucky Beats classes enrich the classroom experiences.
OVER IN THE MEADOW
Over in the Meadow(OM) is located in The Dahlhouse, Building #1. In Over in the Meadows, our oldest group of three-year-olds enjoy rich indoor and outdoor activities. Teachers help these little ones make their classroom a home-away-from-home during the summer months. Staffed by college-degreed teachers, the classroom provides developmentally appropriate, child-centered activities to promote growth in all areas of child development.
A cozy loft furnished with comfy chairs invites children to crawl up the steps, grab a book, and spend quiet time alone or with a friend or two. The block center, dramatic play, and sensory table are popular with this age group. However, all seven areas of the preschool curriculum form the backbone of each day's activities. Specialists in Science/Nature, Gardening, Art and Sports join classroom teachers to promote learning throughout the summer camp sessions.
THE GIVING TREE
Four-year-old children enjoy calling The Giving Tree (GT) their homeroom. This classroom was formerly the kitchen-dining area of Will and Sandra Dahl's home. Large banks of windows on the east side of this beautiful, well-kept classroom allow children to enjoy a view of the gardens, play areas and nature center.
Teachers plan goal based lessons throughout the year to promote children's growth in literacy, math, science, social/emotional, fine arts and more. Theme based activities help children learn to communicate, cooperate, empathize and gain confidence in their abilities. Special classes in Science/Nature, Gardening, Art, Bucky Beats and Sports round out the regular classroom teacher's lesson plans.
THE TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC
KELC’s oldest four-year-olds are welcomed into The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (TBP). This pleasant, full-day classroom is located in Building #3, near the woodland area at the east end of our campus. The two-story maple loft captures the attention of children entering the classroom for the first time. Each day, teachers plan activities designed to meet the broadening skills of the children who walk through the doors. Activities in language arts, multicultural studies, author studies, math/science, music, and art are woven into the weekly lesson plans to encourage school readiness.
Cooperation, empathy, and self-control, so important to success in the early years of school are modeled and practiced in all classrooms at KELC. Individual, as well as small and large group activities, are planned to meet the developmental needs of children. Specialist-led classes in Science/Nature, Sports, Gardening, Bucky Beats and Art round out the rich general curriculum offered by KELC's summer camp teachers.
During Summer on the Farm, Paddington Station welcomes KELC’s five-year-old children each day. This beautiful classroom overlooks KELC's nature center, playgrounds, and pond. Teachers plan activities designed to meet the broadening skills of these young learners, most of whom have just completed 4K. Here, language arts, author studies, math, science, multicultural studies, music, and art are woven into fun and engaging weekly lesson activities to ensure that children maintain skills gained during the school year. Teachers work to continue building student confidence and enthusiasm for learning.
As in all KELC classrooms, teachers help children develo[ the skills necessary to get along with others while communicating their own wants and needs. Individual, small group, and large group activities meet the developmental needs and interests of the children. Specialist-led classes in Science/Nature, Sports, Gardening, Bucky Beats and Art round out the rich general curriculum offered by KELC's summer camp teachers.
THE SECRET GARDEN
Children who have just completed five-year-old kindergarten enjoy this light filled classroom which is located in Building #3 at the east end of our campus. . The Secret Garden (SG) has it's own outside entrance and offers a wide variety of teacher created activities designed to meet the broadening skills of the children who walk through the doors.
HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE
Hey Diddle Diddle (HDD) will be the camp home to graduates of the first and second grades. Located in Building #3, at the east end of campus, Hey Diddle Diddle offers opportunities for children to continue polishing skills learned in elementary school through the year. Summer fun is, of course, the name of the game in this active camp based classroom.
BIG RED BARN
Our Big Red Barn served as a home for animals for 150 years before it received a facelift in 2001 and was restored to provide a bright, cheerful, learning space for children in KELC's third through fifth-grade summer campers. A large wooden deck provides an extra space for campers to spread out to enjoy snacks, lunch and a number of outdoor summer activities. Our oldest group of summer camp students enjoy easy access to large grassy play areas, the gardens, animal center and playgrounds.