The Oasis Blog

Aristotle once said, “The soul never thinks without a picture.” While those words were spoken many hundreds of years ago, they have never applied more than they do in today’s world. Attaining goals in life requires us to have the capability of picturing both the path, and the end result in our minds. This mental imaging requires imagination, and encouraging this in children is paramount in their development.

If you're like any parent, you are probably a little stressed with having the kids hanging around the house during the winter break. Winter can make things a little more difficult because of the colder weather and limited activities.  However, the stress you're feeling now probably has you thinking a little bit about what your kids will do this summer.  

This year has been a challenging year in terms of news reports and incidents involving our youth.  Most of us know about the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, Portland, Oregon and now Newtown, Connecticut.  It is difficult in a multi-media world to control what our children see or are exposed to, so it falls on us as adults to make sense out of senselessness. So how can you approach your children with these very difficult conversations about life events?

It’s that time of the year when sleigh bells ring and lights of the season twinkle in the night.  It’s also that time when the children are out of school! Whatever shall you do?!

Fear not! We are here to offer you some great craft ideas that kids of all ages are sure to enjoy!

Parents often worry about the negative effects of peer pressure. However, new research, conducted through a partnership between the Nova Scotia Research Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Maritime Heart Center, shows that peer mentors have a positive influence on the amount of a child's physical activity.  The comprehensive study followed the progress of more than 800 students from 10 different schools.

Educators have long promoted musical training for students starting at an early age.   A new study, reported on by the LA Times, confirms that musical training stimulates brain development and improves learning skills for years even if your child discontinues formal lessons.

There are many reasons to send a child to summer camp. Among them, summer camp represents a valid solution to child care, as well as a traditional rite of passage.  A summer camp provides a safe, structured environment during parents’ working hours and fills a critical need for many parents who have few options.

The Oasis Order has helped build oasis summer day camp into a success.  For any structure to stand, the foundation must first be secure and that's exactly what this order has done for our program.  

This Thanksgiving, gather the family together and talk summer camp. Although it may be a little early, if your child has transition worries or if it's the first year for your little camper, a supportive family environment is the perfect place to plan ahead. Your child may be thankful for the preparation, even if it is months early.

Some other reasons to consider talking camp instead of turkey this Thanksgiving:

Entrusting someone with the care of your children is never an easy decision.  Parents want something that provides more than just adequate supervision.  According to the American Camp Association, more than 11 million adults and children attend over 12,000 camps in the United States each year.  There are numerous benefits to day camp programs. Consider our top three perks.  

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