Benefits of Summer Programs

Benefits of Summer Programs

by : Rachel Gliss
posted on : 4/28/2016 4:33:58 PM

During the summer months, many children have up to 8 hours of free, available time each day.  This free time generally can cause children to lose interest in academics or learning, and in turn, to lose precious skills that were being developed during the school year.

Every parent knows it is important to plan activities, ahead of time, so your children can keep busy during the summer.  Summer programs offer many unique opportunities.  In addition to providing entertainment, these opportunities may also provide benefits which will aid in your child’s future success.

Almost all summer programs run on a regular schedule, usually daily or weekly.  Being on a schedule will help provide order and will help your children successfully navigate their activities and responsibilities. Like school, your child will have to be punctual, complete work and tasks, and manage their time. This established routine will ease the transition back to school when it resumes in the fall.

Another major benefit is that summer programs can prevent “summer learning loss,” which generally happens to students who engage in little to no educational activities throughout the summer. Research has shown that learning loss occurs in many children quite rapidly when particular skills are not used frequently. The rate of learning loss can vary upon skill or task, but typically skills with multiple steps and procedures tend to decay quicker than those involving tasks.

The one subject hurt most by this “learning loss” is mathematics.  According to the National Summer Learning Association, “Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.”

Summer programs also can build self-confidence and self-esteem.  Many of these programs encourage children to take safe risks and learn from them, whether they succeed or fail.  Further, they provide opportunities for children to face conquer new challenges and learn how to succeed.

Finally, summer programs can allow for teamwork among peers and open new relationships that children may not develop within the classroom setting.  Learning team skills are important because the ability of working in a team is one of the most vital skills required in professional life.  Additionally, through teamwork, your child will enhance their communication skills as they interact with other children and instructors.

There are many options when choosing a summer program.  Opportunities can range from several hours a day, to week long events, and even overnight opportunities.  If you are unsure as to which option is best for your child, here are some things to consider:

1)    What goals do you have for your child?
2)    Are you looking for educational enrichment, physical activity, or a mixture of both?
3)    What does your summer availability look like?
4)    What is your overall budget?

All in all, there are a many, many summer activity options for your child, from all of which your child will reap lots of benefits.  Here are a few options to jumpstart your child’s summer success and prevent “summer learning loss”.  These options will increase your child’s confidence, allow them to explore new opportunities, and prepare them for another successful school year!

Phoenix Area Summer Programs:

Educational Programs Entertainment Physical Activity Programs
MathRise Learning Centers Bricks 4 Kidz YMCA-Southwest
Ages 4 and up
One-on-One Learning for Math and Language
Valleywide • 480-717-7573
LEGO Engineering Camp. Ages 5-13. Robotics, movie-making, LEGO motorized model building. 1-week half-day sessions May 30-Aug 5. $165-$225Visit Bricks 4 Kidz
Children ages 5-12 enrolled in our traditional Summer Day Camp will not want the summer to end! Each week has its own theme and is packed with activities, crafts and games, treasure hunts, water-fun, sports, field trips, and so much more!

Visit YMCA

STEM JR. Science Academy Code Camp Simply Sports Summer Camp
Ages 8-10

CREST at Paradise Valley High School
This unique camp focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students entering grades 3-5 have the unique opportunity to study inside the Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology

Visit STEM Science Academy

Ages 10-13 (Pre-Teen)
Students will use Scratch software to learn computer code. During the camp, students will program and create their own interactive stories, games, and animations.
July 19 – 21, 2016
8:30 am – 11:30 am
Ages 10 – 13
$65.00Visit Code-Camp
We specialize in camps, programs and teams in soccer, swimming and multi sports in the Phoenix metropolitan area and throughout the state of Arizona. Our services are delivered by experienced and professional coaches and educators, for boys and girls of all ages.

Visit Simply Sports

Mad Science Summer Camps 3D Design and Printing Camp Flip Dunk Summer Camps
Grades 1-6
Various locations valleywide
Mad Science camps are valleywide 6 different camps are available for you. Science Explorations, Moving with Science Chemicals, Cells and Crime, Rockin Rockets, Phenomenal Flights & Red Hot Robots.Visit Mad Science
Learn Makerbot® software and create a 3D printed design
July 12 – 14, 2016
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ages 10 – 13
$65.00Visit 3D Design & Printing
Ages 3-4 and 5+
Not only are we the BEST trampoline park in town, but we also a one-of-a-kind camp experience. 2 great programs: “Wiggle and Giggles” Camp for 3-4 yr. olds and “Going Bananas” Camp for 5+ yr. Olds.Visit Flip Dunk Sports

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