Planning for Summer

It’s hard to know how much and what kind of activity your child needs over the summer -- scheduled family activities, community camps, academic programs, or residential camps. That can be determined by you and your child, but it is known that children who participate in summer activities, experience learning gains and those who do not, lose some learning gains from the past school year.

There are many considerations when thinking about camps and programs your child might attend.  Here are a few things to consider when looking at camps or programs.

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  • Are physically and emotionally safe and welcoming places, with adequate staffing
  • Provide a variety of activities --academic, physical, and social – based on a single goal or philosophy.  
  • If academically oriented, provide challenge and allow your child to explore higher-level concepts than they might get during the school year
  • Provide active rather than passive learning experiences that build on your child’s interests
  • Have staff who are trained in the academic and emotional needs of gifted students as well as those from diverse backgrounds.
  • Have trained counselors who can help students who have difficulties finding friends or joining in activities
  • Are flexible enough to meet your child’s academic, athletic, or musical ability without be overwhelming and have an end of session evaluation of progress made with next steps.

Talk with  your child about the following:

  • Is he ready for a residential camp or would he be happier coming home in the evening?
  • Is the camp content interesting?
  • How much structure would make him happiest?

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