Whether you have had your summer family vacation or not, remember to include prep time for you or your child's next level of learning. You're busy, so make sure your child is busy too! For parents, keeping your child engaged in a learning environment while on break is necessary. You've got summer camps, SAT prep, music/dance lessons, summer school, and summer sports. Remember to prepare ahead of time, at least 30-60 days before school is out so you don't get turned away once they are full. Research programs first for safety first!
Here are a few community organizations that hold camps over the summer:
- Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)
- Boys and Girls Club
- University based summer camps (academic and sports based camps are usually offered)
- Youth fitness programs
- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts of America
- Faith-based youth camps
- Community parks and recreation centers
Keep in mind, some of these programs have different requirements in order to apply. Another idea to keep your child engaged is to get a babysitter or nanny for the summer. Though, remember to do your research on the individual prior to hiring.
If you're thinking about the expenses of putting your child in camp during the summer, you may have to cut back on some of your "me" money :) .
What are some of your favorite ways for you and your family to stay engaged during the summer?