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Summer Programs 2023

Preschool Prep

Preschool Prep

Registration Opens January 1st.


For children ages 3, 4, and entering Kindergarten.
Preschool Prep is designed to support the youngest learners in their journey to and through preschool. We will work on soft skills needed to be successful in preschool such as problem solving, communication, adaptability, critical thinking, time management, and being a part of a larger group. Following directions, lining up, self-regulation, and performing tasks on our own are also part of the learning experience. We will utilize the Slumberkins curriculum to introduce and reinforce these skills throughout the summer. Slumberkins is an emotional learning brand on a mission to empower children to be caring, confident, and resilient. Most weeks, we will have vendors who will provide a special themed experience (in the morning), so children have the opportunity to adapt to different teaching styles and adults, new and different material, and classroom expectations. Preschool prep is ideal for children who will be starting preschool or Kindergarten in the fall, especially those who will be attending Harford Day School. We recommend students entering HDS spend at least one week attending the program before school starts. Please note: all children must be toilet trained to attend Summer smARTS

Weekly Descriptions

List of 10 items.

  • Week One: June 12-16

    Morning Theme: Dynasty Sports
    Dynasty Sports Academy’s All Sports camp will allow children to experience a variety of sports throughout the week. It is the perfect introduction to a sports program for children to enjoy! All sports are taught in a safe, structured and fun learning environment. Each day consists of fun games and activities designed to ensure learning but make for an enjoyable experience! Some sports and activities that we will play during the week are Lacrosse, Soccer, Yoga, Track & Field, and Basketball among other fun and engaging games!

    Afternoon Theme: Camp Slumberkins!
    Camp Slumberkins introduces preschoolers to the camp experience by traveling to “Camp Slumberkins” where Narwhal and Bigfoot have many adventures they learn from. We talk about trying new things, reviewing things we already know, routines, being a part of a group, being a teacher AND a learner. We can't wait to explore Camp Slumberkins with our preschoolers. 


    Special Guest: YoJo on 6/12 at 1:30 pm
  • Week Two: June 19-23

    Morning Theme: Wildlife Adventures
    Animal Antics
    Do you love mammals, birds, insects & spiders, amphibians or reptiles the most? Join Wildlife Adventures for our fast paced live animal summer program week. We will encounter (see, touch and hold) different animals each day. These amazing animals, cool crafts and groovy games will make us Animal Antic experts. 

    Afternoon Theme: Self Expression with Lynx!
    Lynx’s lessons reinforce the important message that your needs, feelings, and perspectives matter. When students learn to identify their inner experiences and express themselves, they are better able to set healthy boundaries, gain confidence, and seek support when needed. Lynx’s lessons teach healthy body boundaries and personal safety lessons to support students in speaking up if something doesn’t feel right.


    Special Guest: Wildlife Adventures on 6/22 at 1:30 pm
  • Week Three: June 26-30

    Morning Theme: Dynasty Sports
    Dynasty Sports Academy’s All Sports camp will allow children to experience a variety of sports throughout the week. It is the perfect introduction to a sports program for children to enjoy! All sports are taught in a safe, structured and fun learning environment. Each day consists of fun games and activities designed to ensure learning but make for an enjoyable experience! Some sports and activities that we will play during the week are Lacrosse, Soccer, Yoga, Track & Field, and Basketball among other fun and engaging games!

    Afternoon Theme: Building Connections with Otter!
    Otter’s lessons focus on the theme of Building Connections. These lessons are all about how to help build a classroom community and strengthen connections between community members. Building a respectful and connected community is vital to the social-emotional health of students, families, teachers and all community members that are part of the classroom family. When students feel respected, safe, valued, and connected to one another and the classroom, they are better able to learn and explore in the classroom in all learning domains.

    Special Guest: The Great Zucchini on 6/28 at 1:30 pm
  • Week Four: July 5-7 (Full Day Only)

    Christmas in July!
    This week we will explore all things CHRISTMAS! From learning and singing Christmas carols to ending the week with a Christmas party, we will have a blast this week!


    Special Guest: Blue Sky Puppets on 7/6 at 1:30 pm
  • Week Five: July 10-14

    Morning Theme: Dynasty Sports
    Dynasty Sports Academy’s All Sports camp will allow children to experience a variety of sports throughout the week. It is the perfect introduction to a sports program for children to enjoy! All sports are taught in a safe, structured and fun learning environment. Each day consists of fun games and activities designed to ensure learning but make for an enjoyable experience! Some sports and activities that we will play during the week are Lacrosse, Soccer, Yoga, Track & Field, and Basketball among other fun and engaging games!

    Afternoon Theme: Conflict Resolution with Hammerhead!
    Hammerhead’s lessons are a vital part of any social-emotional curriculum, addressing the most urgent of classroom needs: conflict resolution. Slumberkins’ curriculum for conflict resolution draws from the most recent brain science of emotional regulation. People cannot engage in problem solving until they regulate their own nervous system first. Students can build on their initial skills to move towards resolving conflict after first attending to their own body and using emotional regulation tools.

    Special Guest: Quiver Farms on 7/12 at 1:30 pm
  • Week Six: July 17-21

    Morning Theme: Dynasty Sports
    Dynasty Sports Academy’s All Sports camp will allow children to experience a variety of sports throughout the week. It is the perfect introduction to a sports program for children to enjoy! All sports are taught in a safe, structured and fun learning environment. Each day consists of fun games and activities designed to ensure learning but make for an enjoyable experience! Some sports and activities that we will play during the week are Lacrosse, Soccer, Yoga, Track & Field, and Basketball among other fun and engaging games!

    Afternoon Theme: Mindfulness with Yeti!
    Mindfulness is the practice of slowing down, noticing, and accepting the body’s sensations, thoughts, and feelings. There’s no need to change anything; just focusing on the present moment is helpful. A growing body of research supports mindfulness as a key skill to help improve focus and attention, reduce anxiety, and increase skills for emotional regulation. Yeti’s lessons outline some key ways to bring these lessons into the classroom. Mindfulness works best as a regular practice, so we encourage you to find ways to infuse mindfulness into a daily or weekly practice in your classroom even after presenting these lessons.

    Special Guest: Foam Party on 7/20 at 1:30 pm
  • Week Seven: July 24-28

    Morning Theme: The Science Guys - The Science of Art
    ​All of the science experiments this week will create a work of art to take home! From tie-dye to ice sculptures, this camp is the perfect blend of rainbows and eruptions! We'll explore the full-color spectrum, make our own play dough, and use chemistry, physics,
    and engineering principles to create our masterpieces!

    Afternoon Theme: Creativity with Dragon!
    Dragon’s lessons encourage students to learn and create through play and imagination. Students learn through play and exploration and often gain valuable skills through these processes. Students practice emotional regulation, problem solving, and cognitive flexibility when they engage in creative endeavors. Dragon’s lessons are a great fit for any classroom or small group that wants to empower students to try new things, take chances, and grow their capacity for new experiences with peers. With creativity as the group’s foundation, students can work together with peers and build skills to support friendship and social communication.

    Special Guest: Adventure in Fun on 7/27 at 1:30 pm
  • Week Eight: July 31-August 4

    Morning Theme: Dynasty Sports
    Dynasty Sports Academy’s All Sports camp will allow children to experience a variety of sports throughout the week. It is the perfect introduction to a sports program for children to enjoy! All sports are taught in a safe, structured and fun learning environment. Each day consists of fun games and activities designed to ensure learning but make for an enjoyable experience! Some sports and activities that we will play during the week are Lacrosse, Soccer, Yoga, Track & Field, and Basketball among other fun and engaging games!

    Afternoon Theme: Change and Transitions with Fox!
    Fox’s lessons offer support and information about coping skills to students who have experienced a change or transition in their lives. Some transitions and changes can be difficult (like the death of a loved one), while others are positive (learning to tie your shoe). Change can also bring up both challenging and positive elements (like the birth of a sibling). No matter what type of change it is, all changes can bring about big feelings. These lessons offer coping skills to help students move through difficult times with more ease.

    Special Guest: Groovy Nate on 7/31 at 1:30 pm
  • Week Nine: August 7-11

    Morning Theme: Dynasty Sports
    Dynasty Sports Academy’s All Sports camp will allow children to experience a variety of sports throughout the week. It is the perfect introduction to a sports program for children to enjoy! All sports are taught in a safe, structured and fun learning environment. Each day consists of fun games and activities designed to ensure learning but make for an enjoyable experience! Some sports and activities that we will play during the week are Lacrosse, Soccer, Yoga, Track & Field, and Basketball among other fun and engaging games!

    Afternoon Theme: Routines with Sloth!
    Sloth’s lessons reinforce the importance of learning and practicing routines as well as taking care of oneself. Students who understand classroom routines, procedures, and agreements feel more secure and confident taking on responsibilities and taking appropriate learning risks. Teachers play a large part in setting up the classroom environment and following through on procedures that help children feel successful in the classroom. These lessons offer instruction for teachers to support classroom setup, and provide guided lessons for students to learn and practice classroom routines. There is always room for trying and planning, re-evaluating and adjusting a plan when needed.

    Special Guest: D’s Magic on 8/10 at 1:30 pm
  • Week Ten: August 14-18

    Morning Theme: Dynasty Sports
    Dynasty Sports Academy’s All Sports camp will allow children to experience a variety of sports throughout the week. It is the perfect introduction to a sports program for children to enjoy! All sports are taught in a safe, structured and fun learning environment. Each day consists of fun games and activities designed to ensure learning but make for an enjoyable experience! Some sports and activities that we will play during the week are Lacrosse, Soccer, Yoga, Track & Field, and Basketball among other fun and engaging games!

    Afternoon Theme: Self Esteem with Bigfoot!
    Bigfoot’s lessons support students in building their self-esteem, a term which refers to feeling good about oneself from the inside out. Self-esteem has a significant impact on academic and social success for students, and it is a crucial component in social-emotional wellness. Teaching students how to maintain self-esteem, even in the face of adversity, is an essential concept students can maintain throughout their lives.

    Special Guest: Foam Party on 8/16 at 1:30 pm
Weekly Extended Day Options & Rates (pre-enrollment required):

Service Time Price
July 4th Weekly Rate (open 3 days - Wed-Fri, no half day or early/late options) 8:30 am - 3:30 pm $150
Half Day Weekly Rate - 3-5yrs olds 8:30 am - 12:30 pm $150
Regular Day 8:30 am - 3:30 pm $250
Regular Day, Extended Day 7:00 am - 3:30 pm $285
Early Drop-Off, Regular Day 8:30 am - 4:30 pm $300
Regular Day, Extended Day with Kidzrock 8:30 am - 5:30 pm $325
Early Drop-Off, Extended Day 7:00 am - 4:30 pm $350
Early Drop-Off, Regular Day, Extended Day with Kidzrock 7:00 am - 5:30 am $375
Sample Daily Schedule

7:00 - 8:15 am Early Drop Off
8:15 - 8:30 am Regular Morning Carpool
8:30 am -12:00 pm Morning Circle, Indoor/Outdoor Free Play, Themed Activity Block
12 - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 - 12:45 pm Half Day Pick Up
12:30 - 1:30 pm Rest Time 
1:30 - 2:30 pm Playground/Special Visitor
2:30 - 3:15 pm Afternoon Circle and Pack Up
3:15 - 3:30 pm Regular Afternoon Pick Up
3:30 - 4:30 pm Extended Day: Snack/Playground/Indoor Play
4:30 pm Pick Up
3:30 - 5:30 pm Extended Day with Kidzrock
5:30 pm Pick Up



Kidzrock
For students age 4 through entering 5th grade, Extended Programming (4:30-5:30)

Under the guidance of Bel Air Arts Academy instructors, your child will learn how to play drums, guitar, and keyboards as they prepare to play and sing in a real rock concert! The fun rock band format helps kids fall in love with music and feel good about their abilities. If children perceive playing an instrument as fun and easy they are so much more likely to want to continue on into private lessons. Kidzrock also makes a wonderful accompaniment to students who are already in private lessons, as it allows them to experience the joy of making music together with their friends!
Harford Day is the only PK3 to Grade 8 independent school in Harford County accredited by AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland/DC Schools) and a member of NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools).
Non-discrimination Statement
Application to Harford Day School is open to all students without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin,
 sexual orientation, or disability. Harford Day School does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, financial policies, financial aid programs, and other administered extra-curricular or administrative programs.