Last summer, my 12-year-old daughter took a speed reading course through one of our local universities. My expectations as a parent were not met. She, on the other hand, was very happy. The long week course was different for her; it was a classroom setting, and she enjoyed the setting tremendously. From my point of view, she got some worksheets and a very good book’s list. She, on the other hand, realized that her vocabulary, reading speed, and reading comprehension were not only comparable to the kids at the course, but were oftentimes better.
Summer camps are a great time for your children to experience something new, and sometimes even challenging. Your perspective about the camps and the things she’ll learn will differ from her point of view, but at the end of the summer, you will realize her experiences are the ones that count, and perhaps they are all positive.
Sending your child or teenager to a summer camp can be an extremely positive experience for them. It can be an opportunity where your child’s self-esteem and curiosity are not only nurtured but increased by the positive feedback from counselors and campers alike. Your child or teenager may discover a new interest or rediscover the one she stopped pursuing. A summer camp can help your child become more independent and learn how to navigate the complexity of personal relationships.
Many summer camps can be a week-long only, and they are long enough for your child to recognize whether she likes it or likes the atmosphere. The price varies and so does the quality of many of them. Depending on your child or teenagers’ pursuits, it is very likely that he or she can find one that best suits his needs without paying an exorbitant amount.
The local universities in the Northeast Ohio region offer many summer camps that are academically challenging while offering a friendly atmosphere for your child. From art, dance, and music summer camps to engineering camps tailored to girls, these camps are worth the money you will be spending.
For many families with more than one child, these camps offer discounts to make them affordable for them. If attending a summer camp through a local university, they are willing and able to work with you.
Keeping a child learning thru the summer allows them to appreciate their free time and their free space, while still learning and keeping an active mind.