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Summer Camp 2019: It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up!

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Jun 03, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

There are numerous benefits of summer camp, including these: 

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Why You Should Choose a Summer Day Camp for Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 01, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Summer will be here before you know it (really!). Choosing a local summer day camp program can be a win-win for working parents and their children. Working parents need dependable, high quality, all-day care for their children that is available all summer long, and children need activities that will continue to stimulate their minds during summer break.

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Indoor Play: Fun Without the Sun!

Posted by Savannah Heck on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Summer Quest Camp this year is built around outdoor educational engagement. At Horizon Education Centers we prioritize activities that get children thinking, moving, and playing outside. Occasionally, outdoor play is not possible because of unpleasant weather--but just because the sun disappears does not mean the fun goes with it! At Horizon North Olmsted this week, we shifted our focus to indoor activities that kept the children learning.

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More Benefits of Summer Camp

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

We’ve been sharing numerous benefits of summer camp on this blog – and now we’re going to discuss another perspective, that of Dr. Stephen Fine. Dr. Fine is the director of a summer camp in Canada, and he has researched the benefits of summer camps related to:

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Summer Camp & Psychosocial Development

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

We all know that camps can be a great place for children to get plenty of fresh air and exercise, but they can accomplish so much more than that. “Summer camps,” Psychology Today announced in a 2012 article, “are perfect places to help children optimize their psychosocial development.” Talk about a ringing endorsement for quality summer camps!

Psychosocial development is defined as the development of the personality, including the acquisition of social attitudes and skills, from infancy through maturity. And summer camps, according to Psychology Today, provide the environment needed for children to “bolster their range of coping strategies” as they learn skills, discover how to get along with a new group of peers and take manageable amounts of risks without a parent present. The writer then shares seven ways in which summer camp can be an outstanding psychosocial experience for your child.

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Why Summer Day Camp Matters

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

As a parent, you want the best for your child – and here’s another way of putting that: you want to provide opportunities for your child that matter, ones that can make a positive difference in his or her life. So, if you’re considering summer day camp for your child, it’s reasonable to want to know why the program matters.

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Topics: summer camp, horizon summer camp, summer vacation

How to Choose the Right Summer Day Camp

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

When it’s time to decide which summer camp would be best for your child, you’ll probably think of these factors first:

  • How convenient is the location?
  • What does the facility look like?
  • Is the price affordable?
  • Will my child know anyone else at the camp?
  • What activities are offered?

Those are good factors to consider and great questions to ask. But, if you want to choose the program that’s the best fit for your child, with the most long-term benefits, you’ll want to consider a few more factors. So, we’re sharing resources from around the web to help you make the right decision.

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10 Incredible Weeks of Summer Learning!

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

When we think of summer, we think of hot weather, pools and most importantly for those kiddos, NO SCHOOL!  Parents, teachers and caregivers alike all know how exciting that last day of school can be for a child, but we often forget about one HUGE detail: SUMMER LEARNING LOSS.  For more than a century, summer vacation has been recognized as a period when students’ rate of academic development declines when compared to the school year. Did you know that kids can lose up to three months of grade level equivalency during the summer due to out-of-school influences and lack of summer learning opportunities!? This summer learning loss is primarily seen in areas of Reading and Mathematics.  Most students typically demonstrate lower scores on standardized tests at the end of summer verses the beginning of summer (White, 1906; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al. 2004). During this time, children are also more likely to experience rapid weight gain as they are not as active as they are during a normal school day. Children entering kindergarten in the fall benefit from skill building and enriching activities as well.

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Topics: horizon summer camp, summer learning activities

A Divide in Ohio Education Exists: Early Childhood Education Can Help

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Over the past half century we have come a long way in bridging the racial divide in our country, but a disturbing new education report shows that we still have a long way to go. A national study has revealed huge gaps in reading and math achievement between white and black students in many regions of the country and in all of Ohio’s major cities.

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Topics: early childhood education, developing skills, horizon summer camp, parenting

Day Camp Banishes ‘There’s Nothing to Do’ Summer Blues

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 08:30 PM

It seems like summer vacation barely gets underway before the whining starts. “I’m bored.” “There’s nothing to do.” The summer chant of the bored child is something every parent dreads hearing. It’s amazing how quickly those few words can suck the fun out of summer. Happily, there is a way to chase away the “there’s nothing to do” summer blues.

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Topics: child activities, summer camp, horizon summer camp, summer activities

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