It might not seem like it, considering the temperature outside, but summer will be here before you know it. What do you have lined up for your child to do? Have you considered day camp? If you haven't, you should!
Summer day camp is not just about finding something to occupy your child's time during those long months when they're out of school. It provides them with so many benefits, beyond getting them away from their smartphones or favorite TV shows. Whether it's enhanced learning, skill building and self-esteem, making new friends or broadening horizons, summer day camp is a must for your young learner. Here are five of the top benefits of sending your child to day camp this summer.
Helps prevent the summer slide
Have you heard of the summer slide? It's the learning loss children experience during the summer months, causing them to play catch-up in the fall. The phenomenon has been studied by the Brookings Institute, Johns Hopkins and other organizations and it's quite real — students lose an average of two months of grade-level equivalency in reading and math during the summer months. Not only is it detrimental to your child's learning, it's expensive for the school district as well. Some estimates cite that re-teaching forgotten material costs already-strapped school districts $1,500 per child per year. A better solution? Summer learning. It closes those gaps, letting your child hit the ground running in the fall.
According to a survey by ACACamps.org, 92 percent of kids say camp makes them feel good about themselves. It provides new activities, pushes them out of their comfort zone and leads them to greater self-reliance, and who doesn't need that? For younger children, it provides a great way to build that confidence before preschool or kindergarten, especially if your child hasn't spent too much time away from Mom and Dad.
Helps them make new friends
In that same ACACamps.org survey, 96 percent of children reported that summer camp helped them make new friends. It's a great opportunity to introduce your child to new people and to expand their social circle beyond kids they already see on play dates or the friends they already have in school.
While lazy summer days can be wonderful, the structure provided by day camp can really help younger children, especially if they haven't experienced preschool or daycare, says whattoexpect.com. It's a mini preview of what they'll find in school and introduces them to concepts like interacting in a group, group rules, following a schedule and even taking responsibility for their own belongings if they bring a backpack or a lunch to class.
Unplugs and engages
At summer camp, students aren't sitting around texting on their smartphones. They're unplugged, engaged, interacting with others, enhancing their skills, using their brains and having fun. As a busy parent, it's important you find enriching activities that limit your child's screen time when you may not be home to monitor them during the summer.
At Language Stars, we provide dynamic, play-based foreign language summer camps taught by native speakers. This year we're featuring five summer sessions including two-week camp options and full-season Saturday classes. You can choose from 85-minute classes, half-day or full-day sessions in Spanish, Mandarin, German, French, Italian or Arabic. For more information, complete our summer inquiry quick form!