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Three students sitting on the edge of a river at camp

I want to take time to share thoughts regarding the meaning behind why we believe camp is so important that we include it as part of our curriculum. My reflections are mainly from my observations of children attending the end-of-the-year week-long camp. I am focusing on three areas: building independence, the extension of the curriculum, and fostering social development.

Kandyce and Dani, NNM Equity Team
  • Has anyone ever said something that didn’t sit quite well with you, but you were unsure of how to respond in the moment? 
  • Have you ever had to check a racial identity box and were unsure of which to pick? 
  • Do you wonder what are best practices around having age-appropriate conversations about current events with your child? 
  • Is this something that you have never had to consider?
Kathleen Hill, School Counselor

What is self-regulation? Self-regulation is the ability to monitor and manage your thoughts, feelings, and actions in acceptable and safe ways. In simple terms, it is your ability to think before you act, pause before you snap, and express your big feelings in a safe manner. So, how do we help our children build this invaluable skill?

Zach Wang ’13, NNM Alum

I am very fortunate to be excited about a lot going on currently. Just being back in Chicago and having the opportunity to hang out with old friends (most who went to NNM actually) is something I love and definitely don’t take for granted. I also have a little brother who is almost 3 who I love hanging out with. Excited to watch him grow up and even attend Near North one day!

Emi Stearn ‘12, NNM Alum

My first memory of Near North is in Cynthia’s class learning to write in cursive. I was very shy and timid as a kindergartner, but Cynthia’s warmth and care made me feel safe and optimistic. I can still remember the feeling of tracing my pointer finger along the pink sandpaper letter board — I think it was a capital “I” — and that feels significant because I began the discovery of myself as an individual there in that classroom!