Summer is right around the corner! Bring on the beach trips, sprinklers, slip and slides and trips to the pool! When I think of summer I think of freedom. As a child of the mid-80s I spent my summers exploring my neighborhood on my bike with the only instructions from my mom being “come home before dark.” We ate popsicles on trampolines, roller skated in cul-de-sacs and trudged through backyard woods searching for imagined buried treasure.
Unfortunately, the world is a different place today. It’s not as safe as it once was and letting your kids roam free isn’t only frowned upon, it’s even considered neglect in some states. Technology has advanced to such a degree that it’s entirely possible for kids to spend their entire summer glued to a television or iPad or gaming system. That path is destructive, however, because these young years are the most formative years. How children spend their time now will have a huge impact on how they spend their time as adults. It’s important for our children to socialize with others, keep their bodies and brains active and continuously cultivate their curious natures.
But let’s be honest. That’s not easy when you’re working a full-time job and school is out of session. Luckily, summer programs are abundant and affordable these days. Summer programming offers a structured opportunity for children to grow. Summer day camp provides a unique venue for growth, allowing kids to become independent and self-confident, while socializing and making new friends, and even learning new skills.
Here are 5 ways how enrolling your child in a summer program can benefit their overall growth and development.
1. Summer programs keep children’s minds actively engaged and learning.
Without this, returning to school in the fall can essentially be “starting over,” which can lead to delays in learning and potential behavior issues.
2. Summer programs keep kids active.
Summer programs veer children away from our ever increasing “screen-centered” world and keeps them actively involved in the world around them. Field trips to local attractions, parks and recreation centers and group activities allow children to continuously develop motor skills, creativity, imagination and critical thinking skills.
3. Summer programs boost confidence and create positive outlooks.
When children are a part of a group, team or program, they grow individually and together. This socialization is an essential tool for creating friendships and relationships throughout their lives.
4. Summer programs help children explore new interests.
Summer programs typically provide experiential learning. This means that children are learning while actively participating in an activity. Since summer programs are less about learning from books and provide a more hands-on learning experience, they provide children an opportunity to enjoy something in a new way or dive deeper into something they are already excited about.
5. Summer programs help parents.
A day camp provides a wonderful, guilt-free option to parents who work full time jobs. Day programs also allow parents to stay engaged with the activities their child is participating in. Summer day programs typically allow parents to communicate as often as they like with group leaders to make sure their children are receiving the very best.
School for Amazing Kids’ Summer Explorers program begins May 28th for children ages 5 – 12. Click here for more information.