Summer Programs


The end of the school year means the beginning of summer fun for Thacher students. To keep the learning momentum going, we offer summer programs for a range of ages.

  • Toddlers & Children’s House students can sign up in weekly increments for half- or full-day care.
  • For children aged 2.5 to 6, our eight-week Children’s House program provides a balance between Montessori learning and outdoor adventures/group activities.
  • Elementary and Adolescent students can find new ways of expressing themselves through music, drama and science.


Toddler 2017 Summer Program (register online)

(open to all toddlers 15 to 36 months)


  • No Montessori experience necessary
  • Eight weekly sessions June 26 – August 18 (closed July 4)
  • Before & after care available (7:30 – 8:30 am – $50 per week) (3:00 – 5:00 pm – $100 per week)
  • Enroll for a single week or the enter summer (register for all eight weeks, one week is free)
  • Visit to school recommended prior to registration

Toddlers will explore in an age-appropriate environment where the emphasis is on developing independence and skills that prepare the mind and body for a lifetime of learning. Register for the Toddler Program online.

Toddler Program Costs:
Half-Day: $250.00 (8:30-11:30 am)
Full-Day: $400.00 per week (8:30-3:00 pm)
(July 3 – 7 session costs are $200/320)

Please contact us at or call 617-361-2522 if you have any questions.


Children’s House 2017 Summer Program (register online)

(open to Montessori children aged 2.5 to 6)

The Children’s House 2017 Summer Program is designed for children  entering (or are already in) a Montessori primary (2.5 – 6) program in the fall. It is also open to children who have just completed primary (2.5 – 6). Children must be toileted. (No diapers or pull-ups).

Led by a trained Montessori guide and run with the traditional Montessori methodology, Thacher’s Children’s House Program will nurture self-confidence and independence, stimulate a positive attitude toward learning and playing and support creative intelligence and imagination. The morning session is Montessori based while the afternoon session provides time for napping, outdoor adventures or group activities.

Children may be enrolled for a single week or for the entire summer. One week is free if you register for all eight.

Session 1: June 26 – June 30 This week is a sure recipe for fun! Come mix up a batch of multi-cultural cooking experiences and learn about basic nutrition.
Session 2: July 3 – 7 Join us for a week of arts and crafts, nature walks, water play and field games as we enjoy the beautiful summer weather. (Camp is closed July 4th.)
Session 3: July 10 – 14 Join in the fun this week when we dive deep into the ocean to explore life under the sea. Sharks, whales, fish and crustaceans are just some of the ocean’s inhabitants you will be investigating. The week will end with a visit from the NE Aquarium’s Visiting Tide Pool Exhibit.
Session 4: July 17 – 21 Join us for a study of musical instruments, rhythm and song, music history and music appreciation. Tracing back through music history, we will follow trends in music and learn about influential composers, musicians and musical eras. Children will have music rhythm jam sessions with drum and rhythm instruments and explore the scale with the bell material.
Session 5: July 24 – 28 This week we explore the amazing creatures that live in our very own backyards. Learn about mammals, reptiles and amphibians; explore their habitats and end the week enjoying a nature excursion on the beautiful Wakefield Estates.
Session 6: July 31 –  August 4 Come join us for a week of art expression, where we will study and emulate the works of such artists as Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and John James Audubon. Let your creativity flow!
Session 7: August 8 – 12 Get ready for an adventure as we take a journey around the world in five days. This week, we will explore different locations, cultures and traditions from around the world. It’s sure to be a “trip”!
Session 8: August 14 – 18 As the summer draws to a close, this week will be a wonderful introduction to the 2017-2018 school year as your child will have an opportunity to explore the Montessori materials and familiarize him/her with the classroom environment.

Children’s House Program Costs: 
Half-Day: $250.00 per week (8:30 – 11:30 am)
Full-Day: $400.00 per week (8:30 – 3:00 pm)
(July 3 – 7 session costs are $200.00/$320.00)
Register for all eight weeks and one week is free.  Please contact us at or call 617-361-2522 if you have any questions.


Elementary  – Adolescent 2017 Summer Program (register online)

(open to all entering and current Lower & Upper Elementary students)

One Week Session: June 26 – 30 Hikers will explore the Blue Hills and nearby Wakefield Estate. Each participant will create a scrapbook of their adventures.
One-Week Session: August 7 – 11 Our student chefs will learn to cook from “scratch” using natural ingredients picked fresh from local farms.
One-Week Session: August 14 – 18 Learn to fuse glass and create beautiful pieces of art to display at home as well as fun jewelry pieces to wear. Students will also work with fabric and tie-dye.
Three-Week Session: JULY 3 – 21 (Closed July 4) This is a drama/arts-based program open to any student entering 1st grade through rising 8th graders. Children choose a play, then edit, rehearse, create props and sets, and perform in a final production.
Weekly Sessions: July 24 –  August 11 This is a music-based program for any student entering fourth grade through middle school. Besides full group activities that focus on inter-action, movement, and the fundamentals of music, the participants will work in small, mixed-age ensembles to learn music appropriate to their abilities. Students will learn to play one song to perform at the end of the week. Students may register for one, two, or three weeks of Living Music. For more information contact Victor McSurely:

Elementary/AP Arts Program Costs: 

Hiking,  Culinary & Arts – register online
weekly sessions 8:30 – 3:00 $350 per week

Living the Artsregister online
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
all three weeks: $1,000

Living Musicregister online
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
all three weeks: $1,000 individual week: $350


Before & after care available for all summer programs:
7:30 – 8:30 am – $50 per week
3:00 – 5:00 pm – $100 per week

1425 Blue Hill Avenue · Milton, MA 02186

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