By Ruth A. Peters, Ph.D.
Summer is here and if you think these lazy, hazy months should be all play and no work, take a gander at the following statistics provided to me by Ron Fairchild, Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning. (Ron and I participated in a seminar in conjunction with Johns Hopkins and Sylvan Learning Centers and he was kind enough to provide this information to me.):
How to Choose Your Child’s Summer Camp:
- Look for camps tailored to your child’s interests. “The best camps are actually ones that pique the kid’s actual strength and interest, so that it’s not only fun, but they’re going to learn something from it,” Dr. Borba says.
- Give your children realistic guidelines. If you know you won’t allow your child to go to a camp that is too expensive or dangerous, don’t give it to them as a choice, Dr. Borba says. “Don’t ever give them a choice unless you are going follow through on the choice,” she says.
- Make a camp budget and stick to it. “Say, ‘Here is the budget we have. Now, let’s look at what the camps are and how much they cost,'” she says. “How great for a kid to flip through a book and choose [a camp] that way.”
(in the photo: Dyanna Lewis, Michelle Redd & Michael House, publisher of Chicago Defender)