Our summer program is up and running! We have planned many activities with community partners for our kids, one being The Garden of Fire. Having had their first session with the Rockwell Museum and Tanglewood Nature Center, the children are excited to continue the journey and explore all that the Garden of Fire offers.
Week One began with the Garden of Fire story, read by Gigi Alvare, The Rockwell’s Director of Education. Students were assigned roles in the story and used animal puppets to say their lines.
Parents were invited to participate in the day’s program.
Students met various garden animals with Ian of Tangle Wood Nature Center & Museum. They drew pictures of the animals in their Garden of Fire journals and wrote a bit about what they learned.
I sat down and had a conversation with one of our kids, Kennedy, asking her what she thought of the program so far. Here is what Kennedy had to say in regards to the Garden of Fire;
I thought the story was really cool and I got to hold the deer puppet. They helped me to understand what a metaphor is because they explained that it was a garden looked like it was on fire, when it actually was not. All of the animals from Tanglewood were super cool. They and the story helped me to understand the cycle of a garden and how it all works. I am really excited about what is to come from all of the artists and the different things we get to make. I cannot wait for the festival and think that it will be really, really fun.
To see the excitement from the kids who are just starting to be involved with the Garden of Fire, and the kids who have been involved in years past, shows that learning over the summer can be fun. We look forward to hearing from the kids each week on what they learned and what they look forward to with the coming sessions. The excitement for the festival is contagious and we look forward to being part of such an awesome project and day.
Mary Ellen Monahan
The Salvation Army Summer Program Directors