Programs

Our Programs are designed to encourage creativity, learning and exploration.

Primo

Pre-K through Kindergarten

(3 years old by January 1st, 2019 and potty trained)

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, our Doodle Primo program envisions children as active protagonists of their own learning. We foster experimentation, a sense of wonder and discovery through a weekly inquiry theme. We let kids’ minds run free and allow them to discover who they are going to be on their own, as opposed to pushing them through pre-defined lessons.

The primary learning goals are that children:

  • Grow their natural disposition for learning and innate curiosity.
  • Express themselves through many different ‘languages’ including speech, writing, drawing, painting, music, movement, and phenomena explorations among others.

Our cozy 6:1 child-to-instructor ratio allows our early childhood educators to provide extra love and support to our children as they drive their own discovery process.

The Building Blocks of Doodle Primo

Morning Inspiration

This part of the day is really the kids’ time to decide where they want to take the direction of their day. They might go on a walk outside, listen to a story, look at artwork, or brainstorm as a group to spark their ideas for how they want to tackle today’s inquiry theme exploration.

Discovery Lab

Here, children develop, explore, and test their theories about the inquiry theme through hands-on activities utilizing a variety of real tools and media – all under the guidance of early childhood educators.

The tools and media we’re talking about may include things like traditional and non-traditional art materials, wood, metal, magnets, natural and recycled materials, kid-sized hammers, screw drivers, ratchets, sand paper, paint brushes, etc.

Tinkering Lab

This is where children get to build their skills using various manipulatives, tools and media on projects of their choice and at their pace. Basically, we let them choose their own path and then explore that under our supportive coaching.

Play

This one is pretty self explanatory. Children will have plenty of dedicated play time to foster their imaginations and develop the social skills that are so important for young children.

Museum Day

Every Friday afternoon, children will help curate a culminating exhibit of their week’s work.  Families are welcomed and encouraged to join.

Daily Schedule

  • 8:00am – 8:45am
    Morning extended care (optional)
  • 8:45am – 9:00am
    Welcome to camp and check-in
  • 9:00am – 9:45am
    Morning kick-off and snack
  • 9:45am – 10:30am
    Morning inspiration (walking tour, story time, pictures, video)
  • 10:30am – 11:40am
    Discovery lab
  • 11:40pm – 12:30pm
    Outside games and free play
  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm
    Lunch
  • 12:50pm – 1:00pm
    Half-day program ends—parents pick up half-day campers
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Nap / rest time
  • 2:00pm – 2:30pm
    Snack and unstructured play with manipulatives
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
    Tinkering lab
  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm
    Group reconnect and daily reflection
  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm
    Pickup
  • 4:15pm – 6:00pm
    Afternoon extended care and snack (optional)

Spark

1st through 5th Grade

(entering in Fall 2019)

Our Doodle Spark program is inspired by the ‘maker-empowerment’ pedagogy put forward by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and its Project Zero research organization. We’re incredibly serious about our program being grounded in real academic research and not just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo and words that you don’t understand.

The primary learning goals are that children:

  • Become aware of the designed or ‘made’ aspects of the world around them.
  • Begin to recognize themselves as creatively talented people who feel empowered to change things through making.

    *Learn more about the truly inspirational research and educators from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Project Zero, and its Agency by Design project.

We break the program into two age groups:

1st – 2nd Graders

Our projects are specifically designed for the age of the child. Our 1st – 2nd graders focus on the form and function of the objects around them. Our small 8:1 child-to-coach ratio ensures lots of individual attention throughout the creative process. The best mentors can change the way we see ourselves and the world. We want to give that same love and support to our kids – so we do.

3rd – 5th Graders

These are the seasoned veterans at Doodle whose out-of-the-box thinking constantly breaks new barriers.  Using more advanced tools, they take projects one step further by considering how they engage with the world around them and how they might change that user experience. It’s a pretty amazing thing to see.

And now for the fun part …. our daily awesome labs

Maker Lab

Grab your favorite tools (hammers, screw drivers, ratchets, sanders, hand saws, files, pliers, wire clippers, etc.) and materials from our workbench as you imagine, design and build unique solutions to daily challenges. Took something apart and have no idea how to put it back together? No problem. Thought your invention would produce one result and something totally different came out instead? Fantastic. You don’t learn when things go exactly according to plan. You learn when you prototype, iterate, and discover unexpected solutions.

3D Art Lab

This isn’t your average art room. Not even close. You can choose from all kinds of different traditional and non-traditional materials to bring your ideas to life in 3D. You will reimagine and redesign spaces. You will bring the outdoors inside and the indoors out. You will design, build and run your own carnival. You may even splatter paint a massive mural. Ever yarn-bombed something before? Neither had we until recently… and it is pretty amazing!

‘X’ Lab

This is where you can do what you already love and find new things you’ll love too.  Choose from several specialty activities that will be offered each day and rotate throughout the week.  You can make pasta in Culinary Arts, sew a beanie or make jewelry in Fabric Arts, sculpt / paint / draw / do print making in Classic Arts, act out a short skit in Performing Arts, make lanyards or friendship bracelets in Crafts, bring your own skateboard and safety equipment for Skate Boarding class, ride your own bike or scooter with safety equipment, continue an earlier project in the Maker or 3D Arts Lab, or take apart something just for the fun of it – because honestly, why the heck not?

Sports & Games

This is a dedicated daily period just for sports and games. Everyone needs more play in their life, even kids. It’s good for our cognitive, social and physical development, as well as it makes life a whole lot more fun. Not a huge traditional sports fan? Don’t worry – we choose sports and games that stress teamwork and fun and are not competitive or skill-based. Trust us, you will have a blast!

Daily Schedule

  • 8:00am – 8:45am
    Morning extended care (optional)
  • 8:45am – 9:00am
    Welcome to camp and check-in
  • 9:00am – 9:45am
    Morning kick-off and snack
  • 9:45am – 11:00am
    Lab #1
  • 11:00am – 12:15pm
    Lab #2
  • 12:15pm – 1:15pm
    Lunch and free play
  • 1:15pm – 2:30pm
    Lab #3
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
    Sports & games
  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm
    Slideshow & reconnect
  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm
    Pickup
  • 4:15pm – 6:00pm
    Afternoon extended care and snack (optional)

LIT

Leaders in Training

(6th through 10th Grade)

Older kids and teenagers have an opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain valuable experience working with younger children through our Leaders-In-Training (LIT) program, while under the supervision of a mentor Creative Coach. LITs are given responsibility to assist with general camp operations as well as guide younger campers through projects. Come for one session or stay for the entire summer!

Each session often includes hands-on practice with:

  • Learning to work with kids in a camp setting, such as redirecting behavior, engaging them in conversation and encouraging participation.
  • Communication with adults and peers in a professional manner.
  • Collaboration as a LIT team, planning and executing camp programs such as skits, assemblies and activities.
  • Perseverance and flexibility when things don’t go as planned.

Are you at least 16? Apply to be an Assistant Coach. Learn More

Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am – 8:45am
    Arrive any time before 8:45am
  • 8:45am – 9:00am
    Welcome to camp and check-in
  • 9:00am – 9:45am
    Morning kick-off and snack
  • 9:45am – 11:00am
    Lab #1
  • 11:00am – 12:15pm
    Lab #2
  • 12:15pm – 1:15pm
    Lunch and free play
  • 1:15pm – 2:30pm
    Lab #3
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
    Sports & games
  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm
    Slideshow & reconnect
  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm
    Pickup
  • 4:15pm – 6:00pm
    Written authorization required for LIT self-checkout