Frequently Asked questions
Does my child have to have read the Harry Potter stories or other fantasy books?
For the sake of their enjoyment, we highly recommend that your child is familiar with the Harry Potter stories as they are set primarily in a school for magic, similar to Fiddleheart . The more they know about J.K. Rowling's wizarding world, the more this camp will appeal to their imagination. "Is it ok if my child has only watched the movies?" you ask. Yes, however, as we wish to instill a love of reading in our students and many wonderful details are left out of the movies, we make a big deal about actually reading the stories. If your child is not able to read the stories, we HIGHLY recommend listening to the Harry Potter audio books read by Jim Dale (which you can check out from your local public library). In fact any book that has a fantasy element is on the recommended reading list as we draw our inspiration from all sorts of myths and stories, both ancient and contemporary.
What makes Fiddleheart Academy special?
Although we will be doing many of the conventional camp activities and games, they will all be re-conceived in alignment with the magical world we have created at Fiddleheart. In addition to sports, arts and crafts, and theatre, our camp will teach invaluable life skills such as how to manage fears and anxiety and how to access an inner voice of wisdom. We will also be helping the students create a stronger understanding of and caring for our natural world. Finally, mysteries of one sort or another are often cropping up at Fiddleheart and our students are always asked to use their growing magical knowledge to assist us in solving them. We are a school of magic after all.
Can my child be in the same group as a friend or sibling?
You may request that your child be in the same group as a friend or sibling, but we cannot guarantee they will be together. Although the students will be sorted into 4 different houses (groups), they will have a chance to be with everyone at various points throughout the week.
On the first day, each student is sorted into a house (group). Each house will consist of no more than 13 students of mixed ages. Each house works together to earn the most house points by the end of term. For class, students will be divided by age and include members from all four houses. Some activities involve all students at Fiddleheart working and playing together.
Can my child choose the house that he or she will be sorted into?
No, that job is up to the unquestionable and befuddling wisdom of The Scaling Room which is located on the school grounds. As Fiddleheart has different founders and lore from that of Hogwarts, our houses DO NOT include Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. At the Sorting Ceremony on the first day of term, the students will learn the names, attributes and some lore of Fiddleheart's illustrious founders. We trust that the Scaling Room will choose the best house for your child and hope that you do too. We make it very clear to the students that each house is valued and that unity of the whole school is more important than loyalties to and differences between the houses. We stress cooperation over rivalry.
What is a typical day like?
A typical day starts with a morning meeting for announcements and questions. The students will then go to two consecutive classes, each 40-60 minutes. Morning classes are followed by a long lunch. The second half of the day includes a 3rd class, outdoor games or river time and study hall during which the students have a chance to hang out in the library or practice their dueling skills. Students will have a chance to relax in their common rooms daily and we end the day with an all-school closing meeting. But, of course, this is Fiddleheart and the magical world is full of unpredictability so we never know what surprises might pop up.
How much physical activity will there be?
We will be outside daily, weather permitting. We will be playing active games. We will also be going on various outdoor excursions and swimming at Fiddleheart Falls. If we notice that the students are restless, impromptu wand dueling practice may be encouraged. Keep in mind, this camp includes a variety of activities including arts and crafts, theater games, science experiments and group discussion and presentations. Some are more physical than others but all will be engaging.
Does my child need to participate in all activities?
Yes, and why wouldn't he or she want to participate in the magical fun? If there is a medical reason why your child would be unable to participate in a specific class or activity, please let us know and exceptions will be made. Also, we are sensitive to needing a little downtime for our students. We have a Library equipped with books and comfy chairs which will be available to students whenever a bit of quiet R&R is needed.
What about lunch?
Your child will need to bring lunch to Fiddleheart each day. We do not have refrigeration, so pack lunches accordingly. All students should bring a labeled water bottle each day which they will be able to refill at fountains found on the grounds. Summer term is hot and we have limited access to air conditioning so drinking plenty of water is important. We will have a variety of emergency snacks available for times when the students are faint with hunger and didn't bring enough to eat. Fortunately, wizards rarely go hungry.
Is there extended care available?
Yes, for the two-week summer term we are providing aftercare from 3:00-5:00pm. The fee for aftercare is $50 per week ($10 per day) and we request that you register and pay in advance. If you need emergency aftercare, please call and we will be happy to help out.