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In Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs can Boost Children’s Learning, the authors note the positive effect summer reading programs have on kids.
Rigorous studies of voluntary summer programs, mandatory summer programs, and programs that encourage students to read at home in the summer have all found positive effects on student achievement. The combined evidence from these studies suggest that all of these types of summer learning programs can mitigate summer learning losses and even lead to achievement gains.
Keep the spirit of day camp alive this winter with mind helicopters, transistor modules and dome geometry. Anyone of these activities is guaranteed to enhance their science, art or mathematical skills.
One of the great joys of parenthood is seeing your child’s unique character and personality develop right before your eyes. Your children are nurtured both by the daily routine of family life and the choices you make in giving them positive and unique experiences to unlock their individual talents and potential. Each new day in their young lives shapes them in ways that are difficult to quantify. These formative years have a tremendous impact on the confident and independent adults they will eventually become.
In his article on CNN, Gary Huggins wrote about what he sees as a flaw in American education. He sees summer break antiquated and worthy of review since kids lose out on learning during that time away from school. He says,
Choosing the right summer camp can be a balancing game between parents and kids. Kids want to make new friends and have fun, while parents are concerned about educational opportunities and safety. Oasis Summer Camp is the perfect fit for the whole family! We've designed The Oasis Order to make sure we always provide kids and parents the best day camp in Illinois!
Middle school students face a lot of challenges but number one on many people’s list? Bullying. Bullying has always been a problem, but rates of bullying have increased dramatically over the last ten years. Schools and school districts have been working to combat the bullying epidemic and have seen some success. Unfortunately, bullying isn’t relegated to school grounds. Bullying can happen anywhere - online, over the phone, through the mall, or at summer camp.
It seems we start putting our kids into categories earlier and earlier. We’ve all heard a mother talk about her son who is “all boy” and only interested in sports. Or we talk about our child being “the quiet one” who enjoys reading. All kids have natural tendencies; some are quieter or more rambunctious, some prefer throwing a ball while others are always singing. But at a young age, none of this is set in stone. Maybe your young athlete would love to use some of his energy banging on a drum set.
Traditionally, children in the U.S. have scored lower on standardized tests in the areas of math and science compared to other nations. Educators agree that parents can help turn this trend around by encouraging their child's scientific curiosity from an early age. Getting children interested in science can lead to fulfilling hobbies and lucrative careers. The good news is that parents don't have to be scientists.
The Holiday Season is over. Families are packing away decorations until next season. There are many ways families celebrate New Year’s but one constant theme is the time spent in reflection and setting goals for the coming year. Why not make this something special with your family. Make an annual time capsule the entire family contributes to. Kids need to de-stress as well after the holidays. Time spent in this day camp-type activity can refocus your child.