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

How to Keep Your Child Learning Over the Summer

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“. . . 66 percent of [teachers] said they’re spending three to four weeks at the beginning of the school year teaching old concepts that have been forgotten.” (Washington Post)

Two words, Huffington Post tells us, can “help you prevent learning loss this summer: enrichment and involvement.” The article then shares 12 concrete enrichment and involvement tips to keep your child learning over the summer. The first is to visit the nearest library. Consider recording your child reading to you or you reading to him or her, and then play these recordings at bedtime.

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Topics: summer activities

4 Free or Low-Cost Summer Activities in Northern Ohio

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 05, 2017 @ 08:41 AM

Are you looking for fun summer activities for your family, but don’t want to break the bank? Here are four free or low-cost summer activities in northern Ohio just right for you.

Beating the Heat

One of the best ways to cool down during a hot summer day is a dip in a refreshing pool, but sometimes your young ones can’t swim yet. Fortunately, there is a fun and often free or low-cost solution: spraygrounds! In a sprayground, water is sprayed out of fountains to allow your child to put on a swimsuit and safely play in the cool water.

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Not Too Early to Plan for Your Child’s Summer Camp

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

March is right around the corner, and that month is special for plenty of reasons, including:

  • Spring begins in March.
  • We move our clocks forward, letting more daylight into our lives.
  • Basketball fans will get caught up in March Madness.
  • Spring training games mark the beginning of 2016 Tribe fever.
  • Horizon Education Centers release the list of field trips for summer camp.
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Topics: summer camp, summer activities

Toddler Mud Day for Sensory Play

Posted by Savannah Heck on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Mix mud, water, add toddlers and what do you get? A fantastic, sensory-filled experience that your child will love. At North Olmsted Horizon Education Center, the toddler Mud Day is always a great time for the kids.

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Topics: toddler development, summer activities, sensory play

Club Day Fun at Summer Camp

Posted by Savannah Heck on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Every Friday during summer camp, Horizon Education Centers holds Club Day. The children choose what activity to focus on whether it’s arts and crafts, exercise, flag football, gardening, service learning, cheerleading, or Lego building. We peek each child’s interest in clubs, their input and choice within the clubs helps them form skills to succeed academically. Skills not only focus on the club subject at hand, but also help the community, express creativity, and build responsibility.

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Topics: summer camp, summer activities

Summer Sun Care Tips for your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

While your child squirms and fidgets, you slather him with sunscreen before going outdoors. The struggle is worthwhile. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one nasty sunburn in childhood doubles your risk of developing serious skin cancer later in life. Unfortunately, your sunscreen may not be providing as much protection as you think and may not be safe for your child.

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Topics: Childcare, summer activities, sun care tips

What to Do When Your Child Gets Ringworm

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

It’s summer and kids love to play outdoors but sometimes, soil is infected and can cause ringworm. The contagious infection can be found in numerous places including the playground, park, backyard garden, and swimming pool, or it may be transmitted to your child by another child already infected by sharing their toys, hairbrush or clothes.

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Topics: healthy child, summer activities, ringworm

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

5 Tips to Help Children Retain What They've Learned over the Summer

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Summer is here and your children's thoughts have turned to bike riding, baseball games and other warm weather fun. Left to their own devices, it won't take long before the information and skills they learned during the year start fading into the background. You can help your children retain what they learned by using these suggestions to disguise educational opportunities as entertainment.

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Topics: early learning, developing skills, summer activities, summer learning activities

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