The school year is actually based on an Agrarian Calendar. Traditionally, students take a break from school to help out in farms during the summer months. While this is no longer applicable today, we still continue to have a break during the season. And as a result there is a tendency for children to be idle at home. It is important for kids to have a sense of routine and structure for them to have a better sense of security. Most students respond positively to structure which maximizes learning opportunities and minimize distractions. This is also the reason why teachers advise new students to take summer classes. So, they can adjust well to their new environment and be familiar with the routine.
2) NO BRAIN DRAIN
Attending school during the summer will surely prevent what teachers call the Summer Brain Drain. When students come back in June, most of it is spent reviewing lessons that have been lost or forgotten. Instead of learning new material; time and resources have to be dedicated for catching up.
Summer school/ camp/ classes are an ideal venue for making new friends or keeping in touch with old ones. In the Childstart preschool setting, teachers foster an appropriate social environment by modeling and teaching children respectful interactions with others, encouraging them to play and work harmoniously, and how to resolve conflicts among themselves.
4) BECAUSE IT'S FUN
Learning something new -- be it a sport, craft, song or a recipe -- is always fun and exciting for children. We, at Childstart, capitalize on play learning, so lessons become more meaningful for children. This year's summer camp is divided into four themes in which academics are integrated.
Talent Enrichment Classes - If your child has a knack for singing and dancing, go ahead and enroll him/her to Music or Dance Classes. Remember to gauge your child's reaction by trying them out first.
Sports / Martial Arts Activity - Having a physical activity is the best way to stay fit and get rid of excess energy, thereby allowing the child to be more focused. Sports and martial arts also instill discipline.
Tutorial - Did you miss plenty of school days and need to catch up? Having a one-on-one tutorial may be the best option for you.
Make a Family Trip Educational - Keep your eye open for learning opportunities. If going to the beach, name sea animals or review counting by picking up sea shells.