With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning how your kids will spend their school-less days. Learning and extracurricular activities are both crucial for proper child development. It is often difficult to decide how your child will spend these upcoming summer months, but with some planning, you can definitely make the most out of summer vacation.
According to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning, all students experience learning losses when they don’t engage in educational activities during the summer months. In fact, on average, students lose roughly 2.6 months of their math skills during the summer- you do the math! You can fight against this educational loss if you prepare in advance.
Talk to your child’s current teacher and look to them for their suggestions and recommendations. They are very familiar with your kid’s abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. They can suggest appropriate learning activities, workbooks, and, if needed, tutoring. Your local library will often offer summer reading programs and classes.
Summer camps and classes are also vital to continue stimulation, social interactions, and learning. It’s also extremely important for kids and teens to have a safe and productive environment to go while parents are at work all day. Camps and classes allow children to have opportunities to participate in interesting activities and to learn new skills. They also provide an outlet for energy and creativity that your child is used to getting in the school setting.
Fort Worth and its surrounding areas have a plethora of different day camps and activities that can accommodate from ages three and up. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History offers a number of day camps. Kids and teens can learn about art, animals, science, plants, and weather, just to name a few. Visit fwmuseum.org for additional information and a complete list of offered activities. Casa Manana and the Fort Worth Zoo also offer day camps that combine learning with fun. Visit casamanana.org and fortworthzoo.org for more details.
There are many other sites to use when looking into summer camps that provide a lot of helpful information. Sheisdallas.com lists a ton of camps throughout DFW and categorizes based on location. The Star-Telegram is another great resource.
Do your kids and yourself a favor and plan out a productive and educational summer full of learning and fun!