Conceptually closing the summer gap

At The Children’s House, we emphasize mastery of concepts and information. We don’t pour information into students with a pressure hose and expect it to be expeditiously and permanently regurgitated. We aim to plant concepts in students; we encourage students to value them inherently and nurture them accordingly.

Recently, I reviewed the major bones of the human skeleton with one of my six-year-old students. Her initial hesitation yielded to joy (and a little dance) as she discovered that she was still able to identify them all with remarkable accuracy. Crucial to this student’s successful retention was the fact that she felt a sense of ownership of the material going into the summer. When this student mastered the human skeleton last spring, her profound sense of accomplishment resided exclusively within herself.

Students develop a sense of ownership, and understand that ideas and information are valuable and meaningful only insofar as those ideas and information exist and live in the students themselves. In a learning environment such as The Children’s House, things learned in the past are always ready to be recalled, to blossom again, and to spread out into new ideas.

Meet the Teacher Night is Now on a New Night

Meet the Teachers

Due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts, we are changing the date for Meet the Teacher Night. Originally set for September 18, it is now scheduled for Thursday, September 25. The time remains the same, from 5:30-7:00 pm.

For more information, contact us or call (317) 253-3033

Welcome Back, Students and Parents!

The Children's House

“Welcome back! We are excited to be starting the 2014-15 school year! We are welcoming two new staff members, a classroom assistant, Miss Julie Nurnberger, and a new Art teacher, Miss Jenny Ollikainen. Miss Julie will be helping in Mrs. Louden’s classroom each morning, helping other teachers when needed, as well as being in the playroom. Welcome to Miss Julie. Miss Ollikainen will be teaching art every day from 12-3;30. She will also be our aftercare person on Thursdays this semester. Welcome to Miss Ollikainen.

Sundaes on Sunday

Sundaes on Sunday | Sunday, August 24th, 5-8 p.m.

We would like to invite you to our annual Ice Cream Social, on Sunday, August 24th, from 5-8 pm. Ice cream will be served, with all the toppings we can find! Please join us to reminisce over our great summer camp of 2014, and look forward to our upcoming school year of 2014-15. Meet the teachers, parents, and see your friends from camp and school! Please join us for a sundae next Sunday!

Find out more information by calling us at (317) 253-3033 or contacting us through our website

Summer Camp Week 10: Down on the Farm (Part 2)

Our campers learned how to sow seeds

Week #10 at The Children’s House Summer Camp was a blast! We started off with a visit to the Indiana State Fair, checking out all the cool stuff in Pioneer Village. We spent the better part of the day viewing exhibits that included farming, wildlife conservation, gardening, and Indiana’s natural resources. On Tuesday the older campers got to take a tour of Second Helpings a wonderful organization that feeds the hungry and does job training for those in need. We also visited the wonderful alpaca farm, Whispering Willows, owned by the Todd Hrubey family. The campers had the chance to learn all about alpacas, how they are cared for and fed, and the shearing process. Mr. Hrubey and his children, Mackenzie and Hunter, helped our campers learn all about alpacas. We ended our week with visits to the park, and a cake and ice cream celebration, with special attention to Miss Elyssia’s birthday! Thanks to all our awesome campers and their families for such a great summer at The Children’s House. We’d also like to thank our tireless “Summer Crew”, Mr. Gilkey, Mrs. Hadley, Mrs. Sexson, Miss Elyssia, Miss Julie, and Miss Samantha! They all worked hard to make it a super summer camp.

Summer Camp Week 9: Down on the Farm (Part 1)

At Trader's Point Creamery, during a walk in the woods making funny faces!What an exciting week we had. Our campers got to explore the Indianapolis City Market, and a walk through the woods at the Traders Poiny Creamery as they learned the many way that food is made and brought to their tables.