Staying in learning mode over summer helps kids transition back to school in September. Now is the time for parents to research what will be the best summer learning program for their children, to help avoid programs with activities that are just time-killers — more like babysitting than education.
St. Ann Center begins its summer camp program June 12, but parents can use these tips to evaluate any summer camp program and find the one that provides the best learning experience for their child. Parents should look for programs that:
- Broaden students’ horizonsby introducing them to new ideas, skills and adventures. These could be activities like going to a pizza factory, creating and performing a play, visiting a planetarium or taking a nature hike.
- Include a wide variety of activities suchas reading, writing, math and science, presented in ways that are fun and engaging. Public service projects, like a neighborhood cleanup, foster cooperation and teamwork.
- Promote healthy habitsby providing nutritious food, physical recreation, time for outdoor play and exploration.
- Offer flexible enrollment optionsthat accommodate parents’ work schedules and family vacations.
- Work toward mastery,encouraging children to improve at doing what they enjoy and care about rather than demanding perfection.
- Invite parent participation.An open-door policy welcomes parents to drop in at any time and gives them opportunities to chaperone outings or to present an educational program about their area of expertise.
- Have a manageable student-to-counselor ratio.
For information about St. Ann’s summer camp, for ages 5 through 12 (or 17 for children with disabilities), call the Stein Campus at 414-977-5074 or the Bucyrus Campus at 414-210-2468.