Here are other reasons for you to send your kids to summer camp in the next couple of months, courtesy of Little Red’s Big Ideas.
Camp is a place for every child to learn: “Nationwide there has been a 78 percent increase in camps with academic programs in the last nine years and a 40 percent increase in ACA-Accredited® camps offering performing arts programs over the last five years.
The thing I like about summer camp is that it is a place for alternative ways of learning. Our children can continue learning – even the same things that they can learn in school – in a setting that may be more conducive to learning. I believe that sometimes, learning is all about the atmosphere. Children might actually learn more in different kinds of settings.
It’s about the learning, not the grading: “In school, children study hard and push themselves — and often overstress themselves — for a grade and performance measurement. While grades are important during the school year, what camp provides is a unique learning opportunity — a chance to explore and learn without fear of a grade. The summer camp experience is truly one of discovery, connection, and growth.”
I think this point is very very important. One thing I wouldn’t want my child to be is to be too grade conscious. Don’t get me wrong. I think it is a good thing to want to get good grades but I think that it should be moderate. Grades are not everything and our children should learn that.
Originally posted on July 2, 2008 @ 11:22 pm