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Seed Summer Camps 2023

June 12-16 / Manmade Chicago

Rising Grades 1-4

Discover how Chicago rose up out of the prairie and lowlands along Lake Michigan to become America's Second City. Learn about the first inhabitants, the many immigrant groups that formed our unique neighborhoods, our thriving arts & culture, and the waterways that make Chicago a world class city. Learn about native peoples and crafts at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian! Make a special visit to the Beverly Arts Center! Take a whirlwind tour of 3 ethnic neighborhoods and eat lunch in Chinatown (included, regardless of meal plan)! Visit goats and chickens in a city garden! See our skyline from a zippy speedboat ride! Enjoy a picnic, crafts and games as you explore the history of our great city.


June 19-23 / Untamed Illinois

Rising Grades 1-4

Tap into into your wild side as we spend a week outdoors with a variety of activities in the natural habitats and waterways that surround us. This camp caters to the beast in every kid! Take a canoe ride at the Marge Cline whitewater course on the historic Fox River (safely, with very experienced guides)! Scale through the treetops and enjoy a scavenger hunt in the woods at GoApe! Peddle the peddle boats, and ride the pontoons at Independence Lake! Experience a day of ranger-led nature activities in the forest preserves! Enjoy a barbecue, crafts, and games! This will be a wild week to remember!

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seed. A happy place to grow.


Seed Montessori is an after school classroom where kids grades K-5 come for lessons in our fun, safe, kid-centered environment. Seed after school is hands on! Located at 500 Madison Street in Oak Park, IL, Seed after school has paints, plants, cardboard, scissors, fossils and a really good time! seed has everything you need to learn--plus a stage of our own and most important, an experienced director who bring the world to children and children to the world. Seed Montessori after school is a place where what you do interests you and you imagine anew.


Seed after school offers transportation from D97 schools and is within walking distance of many Oak Park schools and homes. We are open every school day from school dismissal time until 6pm, Meaningful lessons and projects are a part of every day and families can tailor schedules to fit their own needs.


Excitement is our most important tool; the way we teach feels more like fun than learning. Lessons are targeted at the imagination and children have choices. They exercise free will and gain independence commensurate with maturity and responsibility. Hands-on materials deepen understanding. Working in our positive environment, children enjoy the experience of success at every work level, every work day. Kids of every description will find a home at Seed where typical days are anything but typical!


Maria Montessori implored us to "follow the child" and at Seed, that's our specialty. At registration, each family meets with Director Ileana Gomez to discuss the educational and social history of the child and to establish a plan. Together we set goals and open lines of communication. Seed after school welcomes your decision to provide input about your child from other important sources--Grandma and Grandpa, the "regular teacher", and health and education professionals. Seed is a full partner in your child's success.


We teach children what they should know, and what they could know. We put children back at the center of their own learning. Here at Seed Montessori after school, learning becomes an adventure and your child becomes the adventurer.


Seed Director, Ileana Gomez, has 30 years of Montessori experience working with children and families. She holds AMI-certification from the Association Montessori Internationale, the gold standard in Montessori training.  Visit us and find a new place in Oak Park where the seeds of learning are nurtured and grow!


an exciting Montessori classroom where

after school is fun and every child learns.

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call 708.613.5860

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