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Finding a Balance Between Relaxation and Learning This Summer

Kathryn Thompson

My kids are understandably excited for summer vacation to start.  They want to party, they want to play outside, and they want to put as much distance between themselves and school as they possibly can.  I think they’re almost as excited about getting out of school right now as they will be about going back to school in a couple of months.

I’ve got big plans for them this summer, assigning them hard labor, teaching them how to fan me and feed me grapes.  I may even take them camping for a couple of days.  According to a recent survey from KinderCare Learning Centers, the majority of preschool parents (69%) are planning to send their kids to day camps this summer to keep their brains sharp and avoid summer brain drain.  This is a 7% increase over last year’s survey results.

The survey also says that the top two factors parents consider when choosing a camp are content and social interaction.  My kids are both elementary-aged but I find that my criteria are similar.  I want to find activities that will be enjoyable and enriching, help build their social skills, and give them a fun and memorable experience.

We’re definitely planning activities to keep them learning over the summer, swimming lessons, drama camp, geocaching and science-related home fields trips to name a few.  I got a ton of great suggestions from the mom congress delegates in our recent brainstorming smackdown.

Check out the KinderCare website for more details from the survey and ideas for choosing summer activities to keep your kids engaged, learning and having fun. 

Kathryn Thompson is a mom to two school-aged kids, a toddler and a deceased betta fish. She can also be found at The Parenting Post, and occasionally the gym.