This summer at Stepping Stone School’s Summer Break Camp at The BraineryTM, we will uncover Ancient Civilizations as we explore some of the most famous and influential societies of early history. Each two week session learning plan will focus on a different ancient culture. Campers will discover the history and people of each civilization, as well as the contributions they made to the world impacting us today.
Our Summer Camp offers the unique antidote to summer brain drain with six specialty camps all in one place! All of our bi-weekly lesson plans are based on our unique Platinum Learning for LifeTM curriculum, with S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) principles and projects incorporated to immerse your child in a whole-child adventure nourishing their mind, body and spirit.
From creating hanging gardens and apple mummies, to writing in Chinese and Mayan, the children will be hands-on participants in their learning. Our students will also discover what makes each civilization unique and how they have impacted human history and society. Our program will excite and energize children by showing them that discovery can not only be fun, but can shape the world for years to come.
This will be accomplished through classroom activities, experiments and our exclusive Speaker SeriesTM. Prestigious experts will deliver insightful presentations on our bi-weekly topics at our Children’s Conference Center. The experts will put the themes into real world context, demonstrating the importance of understanding the world and opening doors to future professions. Furthermore, Weekly Field Journeys will immerse our campers in each of the specialty camp topics.
Swim Lessons available at all campuses.
Campers at Stepping Stone School will also participate in our unique Young Entrepreneur and PhilanthropistTM program. Children will create and manage a series of businesses and all proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Scotty’s House in College Station. All of this and more awaits your child at The BraineryTM.
We invite your school age children to enroll in the Stepping Stone School Ancient Civilizations™ Summer Program at The Brainery™ where they will explore their Inner Creative Genius!
Mesopotamia • Egypt • China • Greece • Rome • Americas
Communities of Character™
The Brainery™ summer camp offers a series of compassion and character-building activities to accompany the lesson plans. Research demonstrates that helping others is key to happines. There will be trips to assisted living facilities to sing for and converse with the residents. Your children will also have an opportunity to participate in guided reflective thinking time each day.
Every activity your child participates in at The Brainery™ will further their knowledge, increase their curiosity, peak their imagination and move them forward in their development.
The Atelier™ is a unique and innovative concept designed specifically by Stepping Stone School to expand the artistic and design opportunities for our children. Created for ages three and up, The Atelier™ raises the bar of Early Care and Education experiences beyond anything offered elsewhere.
The experience goes beyond the mere provision of materials. It focuses on the inner creative genius inherent in all children and provides them with character and creative role models allowing them to set goals and ascend to the highest levels of their creative potential. By pairing information with imagination, our children will be offered a priceless opportunity to exponentially expand their creativity, problem solving capabilities and the harmonizing of their ideas with others.
May 28th – June 7th
Leader of the Week:
Students will discover the Inventors of the wheel and gain a deep understanding of the Mesopotamian culture and its impact on human society.
June 10th – 21st
Leader of the Week:
Ancient Egypt is often romanticized in today’s culture. In this unit the children will learn what really made the ancient Egyptians so unique. The students will discover mummies, hieroglyphs, pyramids and more.
June 24th – July 5th
Leader of the Week:
Like the Mesopotamians, the Chinese invented and discovered much of what shaped society moving forward. We have them to thank for paper, printing, gunpowder and the compass. The children will delve into the dynastic history of China and learn about its unique culture.
July 8th -19th
Leader of the Week
Alexander the Great
Known as the Cradle of Western Civilization, Ancient Greece is responsible for some profound advancements in human thinking. It gave us Philosophy, Mathematics and Medicine. The children will discover Ancient Greek culture and develop an understanding of the ways it shaped modern society.
July 22nd – August 2nd
Leader of the Week:
Like Greece, Rome moved the world forward in significant ways. They gave us roads, aqueducts and many other significant inventions. The children will discover the impact of the Roman Empire by building catapults, speaking in Latin and playing the pan pipes.
August 5th – 16th
Leader of the Week
This subject focuses on the Maya and Andean civilizations as well as the Aztec and Inca. The students will discover the ancient civilizations of The Americas. They will discover the culture, language and technology of the peoples who inhabited this land long before Europeans arrived.
Below are just a few of the educational and exciting field journeys that your child will experience this summer at Stepping Stone School. Come join us for the adventure of a lifetime!
- Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
- Innerspace Caverns
- Zach Scott Theater
- IMAX Theater
- LBJ Library
- Games 2 U
- Texas State Capitol
- Austin Aquarium
- Movie Theater
- Lego Robotics
- Cafe Monet
Fit For Life™
In addition to strengthening their minds, the children will be learning how to maintain a healthy body. Through our Fit for LifeTM program, they will learn the importance of exercise and a healthy diet.
The children will also participate in a week-long Sports Camp during which they will learn a variety of athletic skills and practice good sportsmanship.
Young Entrepreneurs & PhilanthropistsTM
Stepping Stone School is proud to incorporate entrepreneurship and philanthropy into our summer camp program. Over the course of the summer, the children will create and run a series of four businesses from the ground up.
From the purchasing of supplies to the division of duties and pricing the products, students control all aspects of their enterprises. They will decide what types of items to produce and how much to sell them for, as well as creating advertising for their products. Finally, they will sell their products at the front of the school every few weeks.
All of the proceeds from our businesses go to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Scotty's House in College Station.
To date, our young philanthropists have donated over $80,000 to this worthwhile cause.
June 17 – 21
July 8 – 12
Craft & Jewelry Sale
July 22 – 26
August 5 – 9
2nd Lemonade Stand
Voted Best in Childcare for 20 years by Austin Family Magazine!
Science Documenting and predicting; observing the environment and phenomena; building a water filter; charting magnet races; exploring the solar system.
Technology Multimedia projects/filming interviews; using the HATCH interactive SMART board; recording a story on a computer; building solar ovens, turbines and anemometers.
Engineering Planning and building a tower; designing a picture using precut shapes; building paper boats and planes, creating a marble maze.
Arts Designing with mixed media; drawing blueprints for a castle; painting modern art with shapes and textures; creating a new alphabet.
Math Creating origami; measuring long jumps; cooking; counting money; graphing science experiments; predicting patterns; making tallies to count blueberries.