During summer, children may stay up later, eat less healthy, and increase their screen time. While summer vacations are great times for children to relax and families to spend more time together, without planning, a summer break quickly fills with inactivity. If left unattended, children miss opportunities to develop. Below are some ways you can encourage children to grow during the summer!
It may be challenging to get your children excited about, but exercising the brain is critical during summer. Before you go buy a stack of workbooks to go through, you can try finding more rewarding activities or events for your children to participate in. For example, look for summer reading programs offered by your local libraries. Children can read books they like and earn prizes throughout the summer with opportunities to eat at partnering restaurants, visit museums or explore theme parks. Encouraging learning may require adding structure to summer vacation, but helping your children maintain and increase their knowledge will yield benefits for years in advance.
With all the ice cream consumed in the summer, finding enough exercise can be a problem. Sports camps are effective ways to encourage physical activity, however, family-oriented activity is also highly beneficial, especially in late evenings after dinner. Taking walks around the block or playing catch in the park can help your children spend less time on other sedentary entertainment sources. Additionally, working on projects together around the home like building a garden, encourages healthy exercise too
Ranging from educational camps to sports-themed camps, summer camps are highly customizable. While summer camps may require a large amount of planning dependent on time and cost, many children benefit greatly from attending. Through these opportunities, children can meet new friends and spark passionate interests that fill their days outside of the camp.
If you are looking for a summer camp to sign up for, consider joining the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School’s Summer Camp. Our camp runs from June 25 to August 10 and includes opportunities to explore art, archery, music, circus arts and nature. For more information on how to register, please visit our Summer Camp page!