Summer seems like a long way off, especially to those of us in the colder states, but it’s already time to start planning your children’s summer activities. Summer is a great time for kids to learn something new, socialize with their peers, and play. But the best and least expensive programs book up well in advance, so now is the time to start your research.
Growing up, my mom gave me the brochure for summer activities at the local park district and told me to choose one myself or she would choose one for me. I’m glad she did because it got me out of the house to meet new friends, exercise, and learn about things I would not have encountered in my daily routine.
As a teacher, I receive countless letters and emails about summer programs for my students from a wide variety of institutions. There are many low-cost summer programs available in your community. Here are some places to start looking:
Over the years I have had several students who were accepted into really amazing summer camps, only to have the parents say no because they were too afraid to let them go overnight. I strongly encourage parents to let their child attend these types of trips for the experience after checking with teachers, counselors, and program administrators about the details of the camp including itineraries, safety, and ways to communicate while away.
Summer is a great time for your child to step away from school and take advantage of the great opportunities out there to expand horizons and develop skills. Feel free to use my mother’s motivational technique: your child chooses an activity outside of the house or you do!