Welcome to Slow Austin Summer!

Welcome to Slow Austin Summer! A different take on summer camp, that is designed to return summer to what it was always meant to be, while providing a more relaxed environment for your child to learn in an authentic way. The philosophy behind Slow Austin Summer is to try to create an experience that more closely resembles what a summer at home would be like for a child. Each week will have one area of focused exploration and plenty of time for self-directed activity. Our camps are lead by both AMI trained guides, experienced assistants, and alumni with support from a student from our Adolescent Community at Gaines Creek.

Each week will have an Early Elementary and Upper Elementary session with 15 campers at each level. The topics of these sessions are determined by the team of counselors based on the things they love to do and teach, with the materials for a wide variety of options for play and work beyond the focus of the week. The small group size will allow for a more intimate experience, and the time and space to allow new friendships to form. The groups will share the outdoor space, to give all campers the opportunity to play and interact with each other. While both groups will have some going outs, many of the Upper Elementary camps will travel multiple days a week to go out into the world and experience the things they are studying.

Our sessions are from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm each day of camp.

Early Elementary Camp

Dates of Sessions

Upper Elementary Camp

Jinny Gonzales & Corrine Simonelli- Customs of South America

(Spanish Immersion)

June 4-8

Mandy Weeks & Mariah Stewart- Candle Making

We will learn to make a wide varieties of candles- ice candles, traditional molded candles, sand candles, dipped candles, and possibly even candle carving.

Corrine Simonelli & Mariah Stewart- Texas Pioneer Week-

We will explore and practice elements from a typical Texas pioneer’s way of life

June 11-15

Grae Baker & Toto Miranda- Let’s Start a Band!- This week Grae and Toto will help small groups come together to create a band and perform.

Margarita Ruiz and Monse Alvarado-Ruiz- Cooking and Spanish Immersion-

The goal for this week at camp is to enjoy a home-like environment filled with cooking, baking, games and Spanish.

June 18-22

Khara Vincent & Mariah Stewart- Create a Silent Film

Warm up your acting skills and create an original story for the art of filmmaking. Make the storyboard, select costumes and record scenes. Then ready the popcorn for a first audience!

Khara Vincent & Monse Alvarado-Ruiz-

 Art in the Style of…

Painting, photography, sculpture and more. Check out some of the unique approaches of artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Jackson Pollock, Michelangelo and others. Then try it out yourself!

June 25-29

Erik Rivas-Rivas & Elizabeth Suggs- A Celebration of Folk Music- Exploring Texas, history, flora, fauna and mythology through folk music and dance!

Khara Vincent & Michelle Nuest- Honor the Earth

Discover why indigenous people of the Americas held such great respect for the Earth. Explore folktales and origin stories. Spend some time in nature. Conduct environmental science experiments. Collaborate on sustainability projects to gain a better appreciation for our home planet!

July 2,3,5,6

Jesse Gevirtz & Monse Alvarado-Ruiz- Games, Games, Games!  

Do you like to play games? What are some of the different types of games you like to play? What makes them fun to play? Bring your enthusiasm and creativity as we play games and try to answer these questions and more before designing and playing our own games in a “Games Festival.”

 

Erik Rivas-Rivas & Elizabeth Suggs- A Celebration of Folk Music- Exploring Texas, history, flora, fauna and mythology through folk music and dance!

July 9-13

Mandy Weeks & Michelle Nuest- Texas Geology

The very earth around us teems with history and beauty! We will explore geodes, caves, rocks, and finish up the week with a swim at one of the most precious examples of Geology in our city, Barton Springs!

Anneke Frisk & Michelle Nuest & Lilly Glasgow - Bookmaking- Explore the bookmaking process starting from an idea, writing the manuscript, drawing thumbnails, sketching, painting and creating a complete picture book. Campers will create a fully written and illustrated book using the methods that real-life authors and illustrators use. 

July 16-20

Jennifer Flood-Lego Robotics and Intro to Coding

Jennifer Flood-Lego Robotics

July 23-27

Anneke Frisk & Michelle Nuest & Lilly Glasgow - Bookmaking-

Explore the bookmaking process starting from an idea, writing the manuscript, drawing thumbnails, sketching, painting and creating a complete picture book. Campers will create a fully written and illustrated book using the methods that real-life authors and illustrators use. 

 More about our camp Leaders:

Michelle Nuest

Michelle is originally from Northwest Indiana, born and raised on a farm, and graduated from Purdue University.  She completed her AMI Elementary Montessori Training with Greg MacDonald, and has been enjoying each day guiding at Cedars Montessori in Oak Hill. What Michelle loves most about Montessori is that each day is different; lessons, materials to explore and discover, and the adventures the children create collaboratively. She has been living in Austin for the past 4 years, and enjoys spending her days outside running or walking with her two dogs; Sammy and Hiro. Michelle is fascinated with classifying trees, plants and birds whenever one is in within sight or heard.  In addition to painting and listening to various genres of music, one of Michelle’s other favorite things to do is cook and bake.  Most importantly, her husband Kevin is always part of these adventures too!

 Khara Vincent-

Khara Vincent has been working with children in the arts for over fifteen years. She is a graduate of Miami University and holds a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies, focused on theatre as an educational vehicle for intercultural understanding. Khara began performing, directing and teaching youth in Cincinnati. In Austin for the past 13 years, she taught classes and coordinated educational programs & shows at ZACH Theatre and guided young artists in after school classes and in-school residencies with Creative Action. Now in her 4th year at Austin Montessori School, Khara has supported children in Birdsong and Windsong communities during the school year and led creative camp programs over past summers. She enjoys making art, hiking, traveling, and playing tennis with her husband, Jesse.

Jesse Gevirtz-

Jesse Gevirtz has been an Instructor and Guide at Austin Montessori School for 16 years, and has spent time at other Montessori schools working with adolescents and upper elementary children as well. He has two high-school aged daughters who both attended AMS. In his free time he enjoys playing sports, reading, listening to and playing music as well as, you guessed it:  playing games!

Mandy Weeks-

Mandy is originally from South Austin, Texas. She has lived most of her life right here in town, with a few years spent away at Emma Willard School for girls in Troy, NY during high school. Mandy has worked at Austin Montessori School for 17 years as a classroom assistant at both Elementary and Children’s House levels, and for the last 10 years as our Clubhouse Leader. She loves to do any sort of craft: crochet, candle making, jewelry making, drawing, painting, sewing, all forms of ceramics, photography, etc. She was in charge of running Camp Montessaurus, a perennial favorite, for 10 years, and created our new program of Slow Camp.

Erik Rivas-Rivas-

Has been an elementary guide at AMS for 17 years. He loves to tell stories, and plays lots of music both with the children and his band Jamberry Caravan, which plays around town regularly. I’m drawn to acoustic music in particular.  In addition, I’ve taught various dances and songs to elementary aged children for many years. This will be Erik’s  2nd summer at camp, and he is looking forward to including my love of music and movement into this year’s program!.

Margarita Ruiz-

Margarita has worked for the school for over 20 years in many roles, but has spent the last many years as a guide in our Youngest Children’s Community. She believes that the prepared environment makes all the difference. She is another former staff member from Camp Montessaurus. She loves working with all levels of children, and has three boys of her own. She and her family own Hecho en Mexico, a favorite restaurant of our whole community.

Monse Alvarado-Ruiz-

Monse is not only an alumna of our school, but also has worked as an assistant at the YCC and Clubhouse levels. She also is a former counselor at Camp Montessaurus. She spent a semester in Germany as an au pair, and loves traveling. She also loves all forms of games, and spending time with children of all ages. She is currently working to complete her degree.

Anneke Swanson-

Anneke is actively pursuing a career in children’s picture books through the means of traditional publishing. She has been honing her craft for several years and is a member of the SCBWI and Writing Barn programs. She currently has manuscripts out on submission in her search for an agent and publisher. She has led this year’s very popular Art classes as part of our Elementary Enrichment after school program.

We are going to have a great deal of fun this summer, and we would love to share it with you!