Primaria South and West offer programs for 4 and 5 year-olds who are preparing for kindergarten or TK programs in the fall. These programs introduce kindergarten readiness in pre-literacy, math, and social skills through exploratory experiences in science, outdoor education, and the arts. STEAM curricula from GEMS (Lawrence Hall of Science) will provide rich science and math experiences, which will be supplemented by art, music, and outdoor play/ gardening in our garden schools. 



ages 4-5

ages 4-5

2650 Lillard Drive

Davis, CA 95618

2907 Portage Bay W

Davis, CA 95616

There are also Chinese Immersion camps available for students aged 3-5 at our South Davis campus.  

summer 2019 deadlines and policies

May 2 onward $670

February 25 - May 1 $610

Camp Only

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

May 2 onward $860

February 25 - May 1 $800

Camp + Day Care

7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The same camp theme is offered at both campuses for each session. 


Did you know that insects can work together and that butterflies are colored for a reason? Explore how insects live in their environments through observation, art, stories, and games. Learn basic biology concepts like camouflage and the habits of social insects. We will use the Lawrence Hall of Science Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) books Animal Defenses, Hide a Butterfly, and Ant Homes Under the Ground.

Session One

How do butterflies hide and ants build homes for themselves?

This camp is about how animals make their homes. For the first week, we will explore how animals use trees to make their homes by studying real trees and making our own tree. During the second week, students will make a terrarium habitat of their own to take home and nurture, with earthworms and isopods living in it. Children will study forest animals (bears, raccoons, owls) through role playing, math, and art. Then they will make a small scale environment they can study for themselves. Activities are inspired by the Lawrence Hall of Science Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) curricula Tree Homes and Terrarium Habitats.

Tree homes and terrarium habitats!

Session Two

Students will explore what eggs are, how birds live on land and water, how they hatch, and how they can move, using role playing, science, math, and art as they go. Then, in week two, students will explore in-depth how Emperor Penguins keep their eggs warm in a world of snow and ice. They will also explore the properties of ice by freezing it in various shapes and playing with it and with their homemade penguins. These lessons are based on curricula by the Lawrence Hall of Science's Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS): Eggs, Eggs, Everywhere and Penguins and Their Young.

Session Three

Why do birds lay eggs, and what about big birds like penguins?

Children will explore two mammals with extremely unique adaptations: They will learn about marsupials, which carry their babies in their pouch and will measure opossum body parts in comparison to their own. They will also explore footprints of the giant elephant, while also learning about trunks, tusks, and ears.  Math was never so much fun! Students will also explore the relationship between mother animals and their babies. These ideas come from the Lawrence Hall of Science Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) curricula: Mother Opossum and Her Babies and Elephants and Their Young.

Session Four

Elephants, opossums, and their babies!

JUNE 24 - JULY 5

JULY 8 - 19


AUGUST 5 - 16


(530) 753-5500


(530) 758-8845

Peregrine South

2650 Lillard Drive.

Davis, CA 95618

Peregrine West

2907 Portage Bay West

Davis, CA 95616