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Parent COVID-19 Q&A: Addressing Concerns for Reopening

Posted by David Smith on Thu, May 07, 2020 @ 02:15 PM

Horizon Education Centers sent out a survey recently to its families to better understand their concerns regarding COVID-19. Part of the survey included a section for questions families have about when the centers reopen. We have put these questions together to help our families make this process easier. The questions and answers are below.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center, Child Care, Summer Camp, Toddler Care

Summer Camp 2020: Celebration of Nations

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 08, 2020 @ 07:30 PM
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Topics: Activities for Children, Horizon Education Center, Summer Camp

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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Topics: Horizon Education Center, Summer Camp

Should I Send My Child to Summer Camp?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 15, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

When deciding to send your child to summer camp, you’ll likely factor in practical factors as well as some social ones. And, here’s one of the most practical reasons to send your child to summer camp: you need to work to support your family and you want your child to be in a safe, educational environment. So, you might as well choose someplace where your child can also have a fun adventure! 

Here are more reasons why sending your child to summer camp makes good sense. 

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Topics: Summer Camp

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: Activities for Children, Horizon Education Center, Summer Camp

The Importance of a Summer Reading Program

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 30, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

Have you ever heard of summer learning loss, also known as the ‘Summer Slide'? Summer reading is extremely important for students and their educational achievement.  According to the U.S. Department of Education, summer reading helps advance children’s language skills. Summer reading is critical for students to retain knowledge and skills learned in the previous school year. Students who don't read are at risk of falling behind their classmates.

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Topics: Learning, Summer Camp

6 Activities to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 16, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

“Summer break may be only about 10 weeks long, but during that time kids can forget a lot of what they spent the previous nine months working hard to learn. Recent studies have shown that kids can lose up to two months' worth of reading and math skills over summer vacation—and that means teachers have to spend precious classroom time each fall bringing them up to speed.” (Parents.com)

So, how will you help to prevent brain drain? Here are six ideas.

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Topics: Summer Camp

Avoid the Summer Slide: Ways to Promote Summer Learning

Posted by Dave Smith on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

What happens to your child’s brain development during summer break? Between the end of the school year and the start of the next, every student is at risk of learning loss.

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Topics: Summer Camp

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 Camp

8 Summer Activities that Build Gross Motor Skills

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 09:48 AM

We’ve been talking about activities that help toddlers and preschoolers develop gross motor skills by exercising the large muscles in the legs, arms and trunk.  Today, we continue our list of summer games that parents can play with their children to encourage gross motor skill development:


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Topics: Skill Building, Horizon Education Center, Summer Camp, Afterschool

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