Many parents long for a break during the summer, from both the structure of school and from toting kids to and from activities. It is important, though, to make
sure that your kids are engaging their minds and bodies instead of just hanging out on electronic devices.
It has been well-documented that students lose between 1-2 months worth of academic knowledge each summer. While that doesn’t seem like too big a deal, the problem is that it becomes cumulative. A 2007 study by researchers at John Hopkins University found the achievement gap at
ninth grade mainly traces to differences in summer learning during the
elementary school years, and a 2004 study found that all achievement gaps among students tend to be exacerbated by
huh? The good news is
that you don’t have to sign your child up for a math intensive summer (unless
they love math, of course!) to keep the ‘summer slide’ away, but instead just engage
your children in activities that challenge them and get their brain
working. This can happen with any
variety of activities, from playing games inside or outdoors, trying new
things, taking a dance class, building a robot…this list goes on and on.
camps provide the stimulation, both physical and mental, that children need to stay
engaged and learning and prevent any achievement gap when it is time to return
to school. You can see the wide
variety of camp activities at our Summer Camp Fair being held on Sunday February 26th
from 1-5pm. Over 60 camps will be at the
event, and most booths bring interactive activities for the kids to try
out. It’s a great chance for mom and dad
to see what sparks their children’s interests too.
To answer the original question: do summer camps actually make your child smarter? The jury is still out, but we know for sure
that keeping your children engaged and their minds active can help prevent the
dreaded summer learning loss. Plus, your
kids are having fun! Consider a summer camp program for your child and browse our wide selection to find the one that best suits your family's needs.