Garden Buds

Grades: Pre-K-K

All Programs

Dig in as we explore soil, seeds and plants! Campers will learn how soil can thrive, what plants need to grow and the basic practices of gardening. Campers will participate in dramatic play by crafting their very own vegetable garden, learn about pollination through games and activities, and explore the science behind how plants survive. By the end of the week our Junior green thumbs will take home a plant of their very own!

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Collaboration, Problem Solving, Creativity, Responsibility, Empathy. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method®.

Take a look at your camper's daily schedule below, under sample projects!

Sample Projects

Handprint Vegetable Garden

Handprint Vegetable Garden

Campers will craft a vegetable garden containing carrots, broccoli and more. They will use paint and paper plates to showcase the different parts of a plant.

Campers will learn about the different parts of a plant and which parts in particular, we can enjoy and eat.

Floral Mural

Floral Mural

Campers will collaborate to build a mural that highlights different flowers and the environments they grow in. 

Campers will learn what makes plants similar and different from other living things, and how to create a safe, happy environment for plants.

Mini Greenhouse

Mini Greenhouse

Campers will create their own greenhouse, where they will place some soil and cherry tomato seeds, and then encapsulate it.

Campers will learn the function of greenhouses, how they help plants grow year round and how they protect them from pests and the outside environment.

Sample Schedule

  • A Day in the Life...

Some kids thrive on routines and harmony. Others not so much. Good news! We’ve found the secret recipe that works for all EDMO campers!

Early Care - Stories and Playtime
8:00-9:00AM

Need to get to work early? We understand. By 8 am our staff is already hard at work helping our campers make new friends, doing arts & crafts projects and playing games.

Drop-Off
8:50-9:00AM

Be greeted by name or a high five by a professional staff member…dressed in a mermaid costume or a Viking hat. In a hurry? Pull up and we’ll open the door for you. In no rush? Park your car, come right in and shake your counselor’s fin.

Morning Circle
9:00-9:40AM

Morning circles include an intro to the day’s curriculum, songs, stories, and Kimochis! The Kimochis are a social-emotional teaching tool that help young people understand their own emotions, communicate their needs with others and build empathy for other people.

Break
9:40-9:50AM

EDMO Jr. campers’ morning break gives them a time to visit the bathroom, get some water and get the wiggles out before diving into their awesome projects for the day.

Enrichment 1
9:50-10:40AM

Our campers do their main learning of the day at our enrichment stations. They apply our morning discussions to hands-on learning and creating themed crafts.

Snack
10:40-11:00AM

Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch, you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

Game Time
11:00-11:45AM

During this Early Childhood Education skill building time, we practice and reinforce skills that students will use in the classroom year round. We use games, songs and other activities to build knowledge of colors, numbers, shapes, language comprehension, emotional intelligence, and early literacy.

Lunch
11:45AM-12:15PM

Lunch available at your location?  It’s a snap to add a delicious lunch each day! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Packing your own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

Story Time & Resting Quiet Time
12:15-1:00PM

Be sure to send your camper with a blanket and maybe their favorite quiet activity, like a book or puzzle. Just be sure to label any items and of course, no electronics please.

Enrichment 2
1:00-2:20PM

Our campers do their main learning of the day at our enrichment stations. They apply our morning discussions to hands-on learning and creating themed crafts.

Closing and Clean-up
2:20-2:45PM

EDMO Jr. campers will wrap up their day with songs, games or sharing as they transition to the end of the day.

Pick-Up
2:45-3:00PM

Pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Either way we’ll make a point to let you know something special about your child’s day. Look out for our daily email from the Camp Director detailing the activities at your camp location, along with a reminder to visit EDMO At Home to see what to look forward to tomorrow and suggested activities, books, websites, museum exhibitions, and more ways to keep the curiosity going.

After Care, PM Snack & Free Play
3:15-6:00PM

Need a little more time in your day? Our After Care Program is a great option. Campers stay safe while parents or guardians finish up the work day or sneak in that last appointment before picking up the kids. While you’re away, campers can play as they enjoy a little more free time with each other and staff. After Care goes from 3 pm – 6 pm but parents can pick up whenever works for them…but no later than 6 pm please! Our staff needs to get home too.

“The enthusiasm of the staff and the engaging activities made my son so comfortable he never even looked back or was anxious! He ran in each day to camp and was full of fun stories about his day at the end.”
– Katie L., Pre-K Rocklin Parent