Summer Programs

Expect some changes next year, but our Summer 2018 program is described below.

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 Summer Program

(open to all toddlers 18 to 36 months)


  • No Montessori experience necessary
  • Eight weekly sessions – June 25 – August 17
  • Before & after care available (7:30 – 8:30 am) (3:00 – 5:00 pm)
  • 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.

Toddler Program Costs:

Half-day: 8:30 – 11:30 $250/week (July 2 – 6 session is $200)
Full-day: 8:30 – 3:00 $400/week (July 2 – 6 session is $320)

Before & after care:
7:30 – 8:30 – $50/week
3:00 – 5:00 – $100/week

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


Children’s House Summer Program

(open to Montessori children aged 2.5 to 6)

The Children’s House 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).

Thacher’s Summer Program helps nurture self-confidence, independence and the imagination of every child. Each session is Montessori based and will include outdoor adventure, group activities and time for napping (if needed) in the afternoon.

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: On the Farm Get ready to learn all about life on a farm! Children will be able to participate in Thacher’s Community Garden, make bread, and have a visit from baby farm animals later in the week.

Session 2: Art Week “The human hand allows the mind to reveal itself” ~ Maria Montessori  Come join us for a week of creativity and artistic expression. Children will learn different art techniques through the use of paint, pastels, clay, and much more.

(Camp is closed July 4th.)

Session 3: Outdoor Adventures This week is full of outdoor activities that will engage each child in the wonders of nature. There will be scavenger hunts, exploration of land and water, as well as a visit to the beautiful Wakefield Estate.
Session 4: Splish Splash Water is one of the greatest mediums for exploring science. This week we will be exploring water with science experiments and activities such as frozen water, ice melt, sink and float, volume, and waves! Children will stay cool in the middle of the summer with this fun filled week.
Session 5: Archeology Week Children will really ‘dig’ this week of rocks, dinosaurs, and fossils, all while learning about the layers of the earth and how these amazing features came to be.
Session 6: Animal Kingdom Tigers, penguins, fire belly toads, elephants, dolphins – the list goes on and on! Children will learn about the Animal Kingdom this week.
Session 7: August 8 – 12 Summer Fun A week of arts and crafts, games, cooking projects, and days full of summer fun!
Session 8: Welcome to Thacher As the summer draws to a close, this week will be a wonderful transition to the 2018-2019 school year as your children will have an opportunity to explore Montessori materials and familiarize themselves with the classroom environment.

Children’s House Program Costs: 
Half-Day: 8:30 – 11:30 – $250/week (July 2 – 6 session is $200)
Full-Day: 8:30 – 3:00 pm – $400/week (July 2 – 6 session is $320)
Register for all eight weeks and one week is free.  Please contact us at or call 617-361-2522 if you have any questions.

Half-day: 8:30 – 11:30 $250/week (July 2 – 6 session is $200)

Before & after care:
7:30 – 8:30 – $50/week
3:00 – 5:00 – $100/week

Elementary/Adolescent Summer Program

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

One Week Session:  Hikers will explore the Blue Hills’ many trails, and the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon. Each camper will create a scrapbook of their adventures.
One-Week Session:  Children will learn how to make many different types of bread, cookies, muffins and cakes. Pies with fresh fruit and homemade pie crusts are also on the menu. Bon Appetit!
One-Week Session:  Campers will be introduced to animal signs, tracking, plant identification, and the garden cycle. Campers will visit the Wakefield Estate, Blue Hills, and Thacher’s Community Garden with Thacher lead guide Stephen Gay.

One-Week Session:  Learn how to create ceramics from clay. Campers will also paint ready-made bisque mugs or plates. Bring a swimsuit or a change of clothes for water games in the afternoon!

Three-Week Session:  In this drama and arts-based program children choose a play, then edit, rehearse, create props and sets, and perform in a final production
Weekly Sessions:  Besides full group activities that focus on inter-action, movement, and the fundamentals of music, 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. For more information contact Victor McSurely:

Elementary/AP Arts Program Costs: 

Hiking, Baking, Steve the Nature Guy, Art
weekly sessions 8:30 – 3:00 $375 per week

Living the Arts
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
all three weeks: $1,050

Living Music
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
all three weeks: $1,050
individual week: $375


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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