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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: 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

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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Topics: Summer Camp

Social Development Benefits of Summer Camp for Kids

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school.” —Michael Popkin, family therapist and founder of Active Parenting

“The biggest plus of camp is that camps help young people discover and explore their talents, interests and values. Most schools don't satisfy all these needs. Kids who have had these kinds of (camp) experiences end up being healthier and have less problems which concern us all.”Peter Scales, noted author/educator and Senior Fellow, The Search Institute

Both of these quotes come from the American Camp Association, which shares the benefits of summer camp for kids, including social development benefits. To be successful in life, according to the ACA, children must learn to be resilient, and that includes developing self-esteem and self-reliance, life skills and strong social behaviors. Summer camp provides this development because children get to participate in a true community environment. These camps encourage and facilitate healthy development that includes large doses of fun, where children “interact with positive role models who have time to listen, talk, relax, and reflect.”

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Topics: Summer Camp, Social Interaction

Why Day Camp Puts Your Child Ahead

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

The American Camp Association (ACA) has listed three crucial components of a true camping experience:

  • Intimacy with nature
  • Authentic human connection
  • Human-powered activities

The ACA said day camps that follow these three traditional camping pillars are “important” and provides this description of a quality summer day camp for kids: “a beautiful natural site where caring counselors help children create new connections and reach outside of their comfort zones to try new things. Laughter bubbles as jokes are shared and new friendships are built. Campers unplug from technology to commune with nature, realizing their roles in stewardship of the land. Skills develop throughout camp, both in physical things like swimming, horseback riding, and art and social/emotional things like teamwork, creativity, and self-confidence. Then, at the end of each day, a fleet of buses rolls out of camp, returning campers to their families.”

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Topics: Summer Camp

Benefits of Summer Camp for Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“Laughter, singing and cheering are all common sounds heard in and around summer camp . . . Summer camp is a special environment where kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lifelong friendships and memories.” (Parenting New Hampshire)

As we mentioned previously, summer camps have existed for so long it’s hard to imagine not having them. In fact, the first organized summer camp for kids was founded more than 150 years ago (1861) and it was so successful that the program was repeated for the next dozen years. (Of course, there were no camp buses then, so the group needed to hike to the camp site, lugging all of the equipment!)

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Topics: Summer Camp

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