The Oasis Blog

Every teacher and most parents are aware of the summer slump: students lose academic ground during the summer. Summer camp is one way to fight the summer slump.

Having fun isn't the only benefit of sending your children to our Chicago, Illinois summer camp. Sure, your kids will enjoy their time swimming, playing sports, learning important science concepts (Shh! We won't tell them they are learning if you don't!), cooking, and more, but there are many additional benefits to Oasis Day Camp. 

At Oasis Summer Day Camp Winnetka Illinois campus, we're all too familiar with the winter doldrums. Harsh winter weather makes it hard to play outside for too long, and everyone wants to just sit in front of the TV with a cup of hot cocoa. Don't let this dreary weather hold your kids back. Use some of these fun ideas to help them learn while they're having fun.

School days tend to trigger a bit of anxiety for parents and children alike. Tests, grades, homework, on-going assessments...sometimes it simply becomes overwhelming, and we begin to long for days filled with care-free activities with no pressures for our precious young ones.

Early Bird Enrollment Has Begun!

As we approach the end of 2015, it is time to start thinking about what you will be doing with your kids for the summer of 2016. You want something that will be educational but fun at the same time – a camp that mixes learning with play. The Winnetka or Highland Park campus of Oasis Summer Day Camp should be your first consideration when it comes to sending your bright young mind to summer camp in the Chicago area. 

With the cold, winter season upon us, it may be hard for your children to have fun while the weather remains uncooperative.  The frigid temperatures, biting winds, and snow may make it difficult for children to have fun outside.  They (and you!) could suffer from cabin fever, making time spent with them stressful and enjoyable.  Consider these activities to have winter fun while remaining warm.

 

Experienced educators know how important imaginative play is for developing children. Imaginative play stems from the imitation play that children engage in at earlier stages. Imitation play is the developmental stage where young children, typically age 1-3, are observing and processing the world around them. At the imitation stage, a child’s play reflects the actions of the adults in their lives.

Providing healthy and well-balanced meals for your children can be challenging on its own, and snack time is where our energy and commitment to making sure our children are eating right might wane.  “2 hours until dinner and you’re hungry?  Oh fine, just eat whatever’s in the cupboard.”  And of course, whatever they choose from the cupboard is filled with their favorite ingredients: fat and sugar!  If you want to keep your camper stocked on healthy and, yes, convenient and portable snacks that will keep th

Sending a child into a new situation, like Oasis Summer Day Camp , can be anxiety producing for both children and parents. No one knows quite what to expect and many children become flustered by transitions (e.g. school ending, camp beginning). Here are a few ways to ease the stress of these moments while your child adjusts to the daily routine of going to camp.

Parents and educators do not need to teach imaginative play. Instead, we have the simple job of facilitating imaginative play.

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