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Keeping kids active once the school year ends looking for ways to keep their kids active throughout the summer while still allowing them to recharge their batteries after a long school year. Plan an active vacation. Summer is when many families go on vacation, so why not choose a vacation that involves more than napping poolside? Though it's still good to leave some time for relaxation, find a locale where you can embrace activities like snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, or other adventures that get you and your youngsters off the poolside chaise and out exploring. Such a trip might inspire kids to embrace an activity more fully, getting them off the couch not only while they're on vacation but also when they return home for the rest of summer. Teach kids to garden. Gardening might be seen as a peaceful and relaxing hobby, but it still requires a lot of elbow grease and hard work that pays physical dividends. A garden must be planted, hoed, weeded, and watered, and gardening gets kids out of the house to enjoy the great outdoors. When growing a vegetable garden, kids might embrace the chance to be directly involved in the foods that will eventually end up on their dinner tables. Parents can embrace this as an opportunity to teach the value of eating locally-produced foods and the posi-

tive impact such behavior has on the environment. Go swimming. There are few of us who haven't looked out of our office windows on a sunny summer day and thought how nice it would be to be spending that afternoon making a few

laps in a lake, at the beach or in a pool. Kids have the same daydreams during the summer, so take a day off every so often and take the kids for an afternoon of swimming. Swimming is a great activity that exercises the entire body, including the shoulders, back, legs, hips, and abdom-

inals. In addition, swimming helps kids and adults alike maintain a healthy weight while also improving their cardiovascular health. It's hard for some people to find a place to swim once the warm weather departs, so take advantage of the summer weather and go swimming as often as possible while the kids are not in school. Limit how much time kids spend watching television, playing video games or surfing the Internet. Many of today's kids are as tech savvy as they are busy. But it's important that kids don't spend too much time online or on the couch watching television or playing video games. Such activities are largely sedentary, and they can set a bad precedent for the months ahead, even when the school year begins once again. Limit how much time youngsters spend in front of the television or the computer during summer vacation, keeping track and turning the TV or computer off if you suspect kids are spending too much time staring at the screen instead of being active. Kids might not love it when you turn their video games off or minimize their access to social media, but explain the limitations at the onset of summer and let them know you expect them to be physically active even if it is summer vacation.

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Lazy summer days may sound refreshing, however, they may be detrimental to your child's educational advancement. A study by Dr. Harris Cooper, a professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, reveals that students can lose an average of one to three months of what they learned upon returning back to school after summer break. Parents can help their children avoid this "summer It's easy to break up the boredom of summer break with a few slide" by reinvigorating cre- engaging activities that will get your kids off to a great start in ativity, innovation and edu- the coming school year. cation during the summer. warmer weather months. Here are severWhen you provide your kids al engaging activities your kids will think with brain-stimulating experiences durare so fun they won't even know they're ing the summer, you can help them to learning. retain what they spent all year learning. This could enable them begin the new Use books for family bonding school year with higher aptitude and A family book club is a great way to give them a competitive educational get in more bonding time while also edge. After all, knowledge is power. encouraging a love of reading. The children's section of the local library or bookBrain-boosting activities store is a great place to find books that When looking for activities for your also tie in scientific lessons. Kids will love kids during their break, think beyond the digging into tales about dinosaur pool. There are many ways to get those brain juices flowing throughout the

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Talk to their teachers Figure out what kind of lessons they will be covering in the upcoming school year, if possible, and incorporate it into your summer schedule. For example, plan local field trips to historic monuments that they may be learning about in next year's history class. Give them a journal Every child loves having a special spot to keep a record of their wonderful summer trips, times with friends and even drawings. Encourage them to keep a journal where they can tap into their scientific side by jotting down different discoveries — from tracking plant growth in the garden to drawing bugs in the backyard. Build science skills at home Because science is everywhere, it's easy to make every day a learning experience that inspires curiosity for your little one. Here are a few ways to incorporate this important subject into your family's daily summer routine: Family vacations: Vacations are a great way to expand scientific knowledge through exploration. Point out the rock formations while visiting a national park, discuss animal tracks while taking a hike or check out the natural history museum in the town you are visiting. Discuss current events: Use current newsworthy topics to start a sciencerelated discussion with your kids. From weather patterns to erupting volcanoes,

Find learning opportunities everywhere Be creative and you’ll find your all sorts of stimulating ways to enhance your child’s brainpower throughout your daily summer schedule. Read, read, read: Read with your child every day! Go beyond the school’s required summer reading list. Kids improve more quickly when an adult asks questions about the material and makes the child re-read more difficult passages. Also, set an example and make sure your kids see you reading. On the road: Play “I Spy” with road signs for numbers, colors and shapes. Ask your older kids to estimate and calculate the travel time to your destination. At the ballpark: Teach your young fan how to calculate statistics such as RBIs or ERA. Suggest they read a book about baseball to learn more about the sport and their favorite team and brush up on their reading skills. Volunteer: Community service is an important part of most curriculums these days. Keep it going during the summer by taking your child to pick up litter at a park or the beach or help out a senior center nearby or another local agency. In the kitchen: Have your kids help out by measuring ingredients or reading recipes. Ask more challenging questions such as how many pints are in a quart, etc., and how to divide ingredients. Move it: Get out to Eisenhower Park or your neighborhood park and take in one of the many free summer concerts and dance together. Sign up for swimming lessons or other athletic endeavors.

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real food in daily diets, consider the food and snacks provided at camp. Find out if the daily menu includes healthy options free of artificial colors, preservatives and sweeteners, as well as being free of trans fats and bleached flour. For those children with food allergies, you will want to ensure the camp has guidelines for your child. Does the schedule work? While kids may have all the time in the world during the summer, most parents still have set schedules. If you are enrolling your child in a day camp program, ensure that the camp times from start to finish work for everyone. Some camps have forced times for drop-off and pick-up, creating extra challenges, while others will have extended hours to accommodate working parents.


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Alphabetland offers a variety of licensed programs in a clean, safe environment under the direction of quality, licensed teachers. The Infant Program (ages six weeks – 17months) provides a home away from home, with each baby having his own crib and supplies. Equipment is geared towards developing large motor and sensory skills. The Toddler Program (18-30 months) helps young children develop motor and verbal skills. In the Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten programs, children engage in activities that teach colors, shapes, letters and numbers. Our camp session provides swimming, music, arts and crafts, soccer and trips. Extended hours and full, half and minidays are offered. Transportation is available.

The Children’s Athletic Training School (CATS) is the nation's first and best comprehensive sports program promoting health, fitness and skill development for children ages 1 through 10 years! The sport development program has operated in Manhattan since 1984 and Rockville Centre since 1996. The CATS program is based on a “play with a purpose” philosophy and provides a sports training experience that is positive, fun, and non-threatening. Our innovative programs help build the confidence and self esteem with which are not only essential for success in sports, but critical to the development of well rounded individuals. CATS offers a wide range of classes during the school year, as well as summer break and holiday break programs. As children grow the CATS program grows with them. Basic sports classes are offered for 1 through 7 year olds. Specific sport classes are offered for 3 through 10 yrs. CATS also added the Butch Seewagen Tennis Academy which offers the U.S.T.A. Quickstart Tennis Program for 3-10 yr olds. CATS has also been featured in “NY Best Bets”, “NY Times”, “Tennis Magazine” and on “CBS National News”.

Future Stars Summer Camps offer weekly sports and specialty day camp programs on campus at Farmingdale State College, LIU Post, and at The College at Old Westbury. Summer 2014 camps will run from June 30th – August 22nd. Programs run Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Programs are directed by experienced and qualified teachers and coaches who share a passion for working with children. Camps are offered to boys and girls entering grades K-12. Visit fscamps.com for details.

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BELLMORE UNITED METHODIST NURSERY SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP The Bellmore United Methodist Nursery School is looking forward to its fifth season of Summer Camp! Our program is open to children entering Pre-K – first grade. Each week is a different week of fun and discovery including a week of silly Art and week of beach activities. We also have Two-Gether-Time and Separation programs. All programs are four weeks long, Monday-Thursday throughout July. For more information, call Mauree Weeden at 516-221-1483

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CAREFREE RACQUET Where can you find a tennis clinic highlighting the excitement of competition, individualized instruction and plenty of playtime fun? At Carefree Racquet - complete with 7 indoor tennis courts, 2 racquetball courts, a cozy lodge, and a ½ basketball court. The Summer Camp program at Carefree Racquet includes stroke production ladder matches, indoor play competition and lots of fun. A knowledgeable and caring staff includes counselors who professional college players who were also trained at Carefree Racquet. Camp hours are 12-5pm with full-time time camp available 5 days a week and part-time camp available once or twice a week. Transportation is also available for Carefree campers. Children who show an interest in this healthy, social sport can't miss out on Carefree's unique programs! Call or stop by for a brochure!.

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GRACE LUTHERAN PRESCHOOL Grace Lutheran Preschool is a community school run by Grace Lutheran Church for over 36 years. The school welcomes two, three, and four year old children of all faiths and backgrounds. At Grace Lutheran Preschool, children will learn and play. The school provides guidance and direction while encouraging cooperation, resourcefulness, creativity, curiosity and the love of God in a safe and respectful atmosphere. Morning and afternoon sessions are available as well as a two week summer camp. Monthly tuition rates are reasonable. For more information give us a call.

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INTEGRAL BALLET Auditions will take place this summer for Integral Ballet’s ‘A Merry Mini Nutcracker’ in Merrick. Youngsters participate in the full length ballet with a range of parts for ages 4-15. Call 516-442-1590 to audition or visit integralballet.com. Integral Ballet is a 501c3 non-profit providing professional training for students of classical ballet. Integral offers classes in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, jazz, yoga and more. Integral Ballet accepts ongoing enrollment for students of all ages.

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Known for creative, energetic choreography and professional instruction, Jam Dance & Fitness Center has three thriving locations: Bellmore, Manhasset and Dix Hills. It is a nationally acclaimed studio of the year! Exciting classes are offered for beginners through advanced level dancers in tap, ballet, jazz hip hop, lyrical and modern and contemporary dance. Call now to audition for our award-winning competition teams for ages 5 and up.

Dancing is a form of freedom and expression. Merrick Dance Centre encourages children to communicate through movement, providing the necessary tools to enhance social, cognitive and physical skills. We lay the foundation needed for your child’s dancing knowledge, and build upon the foundation of respect. Children thrive when they are given the tools to adequately express themselves in a polite manner. Merrick Dance Centre works on those skills in a fun, imaginative and non-competitive environment

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New this summer - Skudin Surf School & Xtreme Fun. Full Day from 9 am to 4 pm at Nickerson Beach in Lido Beach. We will have a new location for half day camp at Atlantic Beach – New Plaza, from 9 am to 1 pm. Create your own camp schedule. We offer daily camp rates. And for you mom….drop off your kids and take a Stand Up Paddle Class on the bay, spend a relaxing day at the beach, or go to adult camp. Have your summer Birthday with us! Please visit our website www.skudinsurf.com or call 516-318-3993

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Twin Oaks, at 459 Babylon Turnpike, in Freeport, has been a leader in camping for all ages for over 35 years. From tots to teens, we offer progressive programming including sports, two new turf fields crafts, swimming, drama and a full summer of special events, which are sure to make each child cheer with excitement. As our campers grow, so does their program. From our youngest “Barney” campers to our “Gemini” Adventure and Gemini Teen travelers, Twin Oaks is the perfect place for your child to spend the summer. Enroll early for fantastic savings. For more information, call 516-623-4550 or visit www.twinoaksdaycamp.com.

Merokee Day School and Camp has been serving parents with quality, affordable daycare, school and summer programs for over 30 years. Our philosophy of providing children a fun, warm, nurturing and safe environment has kept families returning to our program year after year, generation after generation. We are chartered by the New York State Department of Education and licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Our school program accommodates children ages 18 months through pre-k. Part-time and fulltime programs, as well as extended hours are available. Parents can choose 4, 6 or 8 weeks for our summer program which accommodates children ages 18 months through 5th grade. Activities include arts & crafts, yoga, swimming at local pools, weekly field trips and more. For more information call, Merokee Day School 516-378-6333.

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Camp Friedberg, The Camp Professionals! 10 divisions for children ages 2 – 16. Early Childhood programs, Art, Theatre, Teen Travel, CIT, Special Needs; Camp location for children grades K – 4 at Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds featuring pool complex, zipline, ropes course, extreme specialties, gaga, sports, art, science. This summer Voyagers are going to Club Med and Universal Orlando! Flexible weekly sessions, transportation, lunch, Jewish programming. Call for rates. Contact Alice amarkinson@friedbergjcc.org or call (516) 634-4175; www.friedbergjcc.org

Are you looking for the perfect location to host your child’s next birthday party or just get together with group of friends? Cools Crafts, Inc. is the answer for all your crafting needs. Parties are one and a half hours and include a large selection of one-of-a-kind crafts, your choice of pizza or bagels, soda and juice, coffee for adults, paper goods, invitations, video games (age appropriate), music, dancing, balloons, nail polish and tattoos. All parties are led by party hosts that keep the fun going, and as a special gift for the birthday child, a photo is taken of the entire group as a keepsake. You can also host your perfect party at home and Cool Crafts will supply all the materials needed for your special day. Cool Crafts also hosts numerous school groups, Scout troop events, and special needs groups. Call for a schedule of daily walk-ins, and our Summer Program Schedule. Cool Crafts has it all, so call, visit the website and “Like” it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coolcrafts to learn more about all of the crafts available to you!

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CONGREGATION B’NAI ISRAEL Congregation B'Nai Israel is a place of prayer where individuals with varied spiritual goals find a comfortable home.. We invite you to visit our synagogue and Sunday morning Hebrew School, where one child gets free tuition. Meet our Rabbi and Cantor. We have low dues with discount plans available. cbifreeport.org - Temple Office - 516 623-4200.

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JCC – EARLY CHILDHOOD The Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC’s three early childhood centers believe that children learn best when they feel safe. Our experienced, nurturing staff provides an environment where children feel safe to explore and question. Whether they are outside in the playground learning to climb up on a slide or in the classroom discovering letters and shapes, children are provided with rich, hands on experiences that encourages self-expression and confidence.

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Anxiety is a normal feeling for children about to start sleepovers or leave for camp, whether it will be the first time or even if they have done these things several times before. This uneasiness or apprehension can occur for many reasons. For the majority of children, it is a mingling of excitement and a little fear of the unknown. These children usually are easily reassured and attend a sleepover or enter camp with minimal upset. For other children, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;fear factorâ&#x20AC;? is larger than the excitement, and tends to take on a life of its own. In this situation, the child could be questioning everything about the upcoming separation experience: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What if I get sick?â&#x20AC;? What if no one likes me?â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x153;What if the (other parents) counselors are mean?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What if something happens to you (Mom and Dad) while Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gone?â&#x20AC;? What does it feel like? Some children experience physical symptoms when anxious including butterflies, cold or clammy hands, headaches, nausea, being hot or cold, or feeling faint. Others report feeling like they want to cry and hide. The thoughts that accompany anxiety tend to center around what can go wrong, which leads the child to worry more and potentially feel more physical symptoms.

What can a parent do? Consider these practical first steps. Allow your child to express his or her concerns, and answer the â&#x20AC;&#x153;What ifâ&#x20AC;? questions in a calm, coping-focused manner: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is your friend who wants you to sleepover. You like each other.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made friends at school, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure the camp will help with meeting friends while there.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The counselors are chosen

because of their good work with kids.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The camp people work with hundreds of kids each year. They know exactly what to do and also how to get in touch with us if you need us.â&#x20AC;? Make sure your child is informed about the camp and its activities. Focus your child on the camp activities he or she enjoys, such as swimming or baseball. Attend any sessions with your child offered by the camp, prior to start of the session. Engage your child in the fun aspects of preparing for camp such as shopping for new clothes and picking out camp gear. Make appropriate communication easy on your child. Pack pre-addressed, stamped envelopes for your child to mail letters to you and others, such as grandparents and friends. Help your child rehearse. Children can practice being away from home by sleeping over at the homes of friends and relatives. What should parents avoid doing? Avoid giving excessive reassurance, such as repeatedly saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be fine!â&#x20AC;? Too much reassurance causes anxious children to seek to discredit the parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opinion. Avoid telling your child exactly what to do. It is more useful to ask your child to come up with a realistic plan for how to meet new friends and find fun activities. Successful completion of the plan enhances the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feeling of control and accomplishment, and this will decrease anxiety. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ignore the problem by hoping it will go away by itself. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be impatient (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it!â&#x20AC;?). Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow the child to avoid the situ-

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Set an expectation for the phone calls, that they will be focused on the ways your child is trying to cope and have fun at camp, and not focused on crying and begging to come home. Although it is normal to have some degree of camp anxiety, if the problem persists or the symptoms are interfering with school performance or friendships, help is available. Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D. is Recanati Family Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU.


Teaching kids leadership Raising the next generation to be the best and the brightest Most parents recognize the importance of time management, strong communication, good listening and other study skills, but what about leadership? "Your child doesn’t have to aspire to be the next president of the United States to benefit from the lessons of leadership," says Marla Sferra, of Huntington Learning Center in Lynbrook. "Activities and programs that instill leadership help teach children about perseverance, conflict resolution, building one’s character, goal setting and more." Consider these tips to help your child develop leadership skills: Encourage volunteering for a cause your child cares about. What gets your child excited? Animals? The planet? Helping other kids? Encourage your child to make a difference through volunteering, or try doing service learning as a family. Getting involved is a wonderful way for kids to discover a passion, make friends, and share their experiences and excitement with others. Give your child opportunities to teach others. Whether it is a sibling or a classmate, children who teach their peers often become more engaged in the subject matter. If your student is a good reader, how about reading to younger

siblings and teaching them reading basics? Your child will build a sense of pride in sharing his or her knowledge and helping others learn something new. Check out extracurricular activities. Your child’s school likely has a plethora of clubs and activities with which your child could get involved. Sports are an obvious way to instill in your child the lessons of hard work, teamwork and determination, but if your child isn’t interested in athletics, don’t overlook things like student council, yearbook, drama club, music, math club, science club or a student ambassador program. Explore leadership programs and camps. Check to see what college programs are available for rising middle and high school students. Some colleges offer enrichment, college preparatory or other programs for children and teens designed specifically to build leadership aptitudes. How about experiential or other types of leadership camps in your area? You can check with your child’s teachers, guidance counseling office and school district for suggestions or referrals. Parents need to be creative when it comes to leadership development opportunities for their child. "The key is to empower your child to take on new

responsibilities, strive for things he or she wants, take risks, and recognize and build his or her strengths,” Sferra says. “Doing so

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looking for ways to keep their kids active throughout the summer while still allowing them to recharge their batteries after a long school year. Plan an active vacation. Summer is when many families go on vacation, so why not choose a vacation that involves more than napping poolside? Though it's still good to leave some time for relaxation, find a locale where you can embrace activities like snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, or other adventures that get you and your youngsters off the poolside chaise and out exploring. Such a trip might inspire kids to embrace an activity more fully, getting them off the couch not only while they're on vacation but also when they return home for the rest of summer. Teach kids to garden. Gardening might be seen as a peaceful and relaxing hobby, but it still requires a lot of elbow grease and hard work that pays physical dividends. A garden must be planted, hoed, weeded, and watered, and gardening gets kids out of the house to enjoy the great outdoors. When growing a vegetable garden, kids might embrace the chance to be directly involved in the foods that will eventually end up on their dinner tables. Parents can embrace this as an opportunity to teach the value of eating locally-produced foods and the posi-

tive impact such behavior has on the environment. Go swimming. There are few of us who haven't looked out of our office windows on a sunny summer day and thought how nice it would be to be spending that afternoon making a few

laps in a lake, at the beach or in a pool. Kids have the same daydreams during the summer, so take a day off every so often and take the kids for an afternoon of swimming. Swimming is a great activity that exercises the entire body, including the shoulders, back, legs, hips, and abdom-

inals. In addition, swimming helps kids and adults alike maintain a healthy weight while also improving their cardiovascular health. It's hard for some people to find a place to swim once the warm weather departs, so take advantage of the summer weather and go swimming as often as possible while the kids are not in school. Limit how much time kids spend watching television, playing video games or surfing the Internet. Many of today's kids are as tech savvy as they are busy. But it's important that kids don't spend too much time online or on the couch watching television or playing video games. Such activities are largely sedentary, and they can set a bad precedent for the months ahead, even when the school year begins once again. Limit how much time youngsters spend in front of the television or the computer during summer vacation, keeping track and turning the TV or computer off if you suspect kids are spending too much time staring at the screen instead of being active. Kids might not love it when you turn their video games off or minimize their access to social media, but explain the limitations at the onset of summer and let them know you expect them to be physically active even if it is summer vacation.

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¤Ă&#x2030;Ă&#x201E;¸œĂ&#x201A;Ă&#x2026; Picking the right place for your kids As the classic Gershwin song lyrics go, "summertime and the livin' is easy" isn't always the case if you're a parent trying to determine what to do with your kids when the final school bell rings. More than 10 million kids from coast to coast attend some type of summer camp intended to occupy their days and provide memorable experiences full of fun, learning and development. While selecting the right camp can be a daunting task for parents, camp advisors offer some key tips to keep in mind to ensure a positive summer for everyone. Safety. Ask questions in advance to ensure the camp has standard operating procedures in place to keep your kids safe. Are parents required to show their membership card or driver's license to both check in and take their children home? Every employee should also have a stateapproved background check and those working with kids should be CPR- and first aid-certified. Activities. Find a camp that excites kids, provides a routine and has a variety of healthy activities for kids to engage in. This is critical for parents who don't want their kids wasting away summer days playing video games for hours on end. Good information to learn includes what the balance is between a set daily routine and the type, level and variety of activities the camp has designed to keep kids interested. Counselors. It's important to have counselors who will keep kids engaged in healthy, active fun, and are committed to building relationships with kids throughout the summer and not just looking for a summer job. They should have previous experience with kids and/or experience in childhood education or other kid-focused

Questions to consider when finding a camp Many parents fondly look back on spending their own childhood summer days at camp. And because today's camps offer a much larger spectrum of specialty programs, while also featuring a more individualized experience for youngsters, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to ask yourself these questions to ensure you are selecting the best summertime program to fit your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs and interests:

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real food in daily diets, consider the food and snacks provided at camp. Find out if the daily menu includes healthy options free of artificial colors, preservatives and sweeteners, as well as being free of trans fats and bleached flour. For those children with food allergies, you will want to ensure the camp has guidelines for your child. Does the schedule work? While kids may have all the time in the world during the summer, most parents still have set schedules. If you are enrolling your child in a day camp program, ensure that the camp times from start to finish work for everyone. Some camps have forced times for drop-off and pick-up, creating extra challenges, while others will have extended hours to accommodate working parents.


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ing kids as healthy as possible is taking a proactive approach. Dr. Heather Manley, a naturopathic doctor who focuses on preventative health for families and is author of the "Human Body Detectives" series of children's books, recommends that parents first look at their kids' diets in order to boost overall health and wellness. "The digestive system is the gateway to optimally fueling the body plus the first line of immune defense," says Manley. "If the digestive system is not working well, germs can get into the body and foods will not be broken down and absorbed into the body's cells. If nutrients are not absorbed, the body does not get the energy it needs to be healthy - physically and mentally." Fruits and vegetables: The fresh facts "Encouraging kids to try an array of fruits and vegetables is really the key," says Manley. She notes that some kids may have a preference for veggies over fruit, or vice-versa. Try including a mix in their diets. Vegetables typically have more fiber and less sugar, and should be incorporated at every meal. Fruit can serve as a great hydrating snack, especially during the summer months as they help to prevent dehydration or heat exhaustion. Manley suggests munching on blueberries, watermelon, plums, and cherries. What are some smart ways to add more vegetables to your child's diet? "Broccoli and carrots are the usual kid favorites, but adding local and seasonal vegetables is a clever way to entice a variety of produce into your child's diet," says Manley. She suggests starting a garden or visiting a weekly farmers market so children can be more hands on about choosing their vegetables. She says that asparagus, green beans, snap peas, tomatoes, beets, lettuce varieties, cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers are all vitamin-packed vegetables that are great for preventing

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illness and boosting health. Picky eater? No problem with tasty tips and tricks Not all children are going to pick up a fresh beet and munch away immediately. To encourage healthy eating of a variety of foods, Manley offers these tips for parents of picky eaters: No labeling. Even if you feel your child is a difficult eater, labeling him or her as one will not remedy the situation, nor will it make your child feel good if they overhear you say it. Be a role model: Always put the same foods that you eat on your child's plate too. If this is done consistently, over time your child will eventually adapt. "Green Eggs and Ham": This Dr. Seuss classic is a handy book to read regularly. It's a playful approach that encourages kids to try new foods â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even just one bite. Proactive kids: The more kids are

involved in grocery shopping, gardening, chopping, and serving food, the more likely they will want to try the foods. Food history: Kids love a good story and trivia. Ask your kids what country broccoli came from, or how yogurt is made. Be patient. Changes do not happen overnight, but patient persistence will ultimately lead to healthier eating and fewer arguments.

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from the snack bar. Sit down as a family and eat together. Whether picnicking or at the dinner table at home, make an effort to get everyone together for that all-important time to reconnect and share some family time. Get moving! Remind kids about the importance of physical activity and urge them to be active outside for at least an hour a day.


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Teaching kids leadership Most parents recognize the importance of time management, strong communication, good listening and other study skills, but what about leadership? "Your child doesn’t have to aspire to be the next president of the United States to benefit from the lessons of leadership," says Marla Sferra, of Huntington Learning Center in Lynbrook. "Activities and programs that instill leadership help teach children about perseverance, conflict resolution, building one’s character, goal setting and more." Consider these tips to help your child develop leadership skills: Encourage volunteering for a cause your child cares about. What gets your child excited? Animals? The planet? Helping other kids? Encourage your child to make a difference through volunteering, or try doing service learning as a family. Getting involved is a wonderful way for kids to discover a passion, make friends, and share their experiences and excitement with others. Give your child opportunities to teach others. Whether it is a sibling or a classmate, children who teach their peers often become more engaged in the subject matter. If your student is a good reader, how about reading to younger

siblings and teaching them reading basics? Your child will build a sense of pride in sharing his or her knowledge and helping others learn something new. Check out extracurricular activities. Your child’s school likely has a plethora of clubs and activities with which your child could get involved. Sports are an obvious way to instill in your child the lessons of hard work, teamwork and determination, but if your child isn’t interested in athletics, don’t overlook things like student council, yearbook, drama club, music, math club, science club or a student ambassador program. Explore leadership programs and camps. Check to see what college programs are available for rising middle and high school students. Some colleges offer enrichment, college preparatory or other programs for children and teens designed specifically to build leadership aptitudes. How about experiential or other types of leadership camps in your area? You can check with your child’s teachers, guidance counseling office and school district for suggestions or referrals. Parents need to be creative when it comes to leadership development opportunities for their child. "The key is to empower your child to take on new

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GRACE METHODIST NURSERY SCHOOL Grace Methodist Nursery School, a place "where children and childhood are celedbrated" has been deeply rooted in the community since 1971. Our developmentally appropriate programs include Nursery and Pre-k programs, Just You and Me programs and a Slow Separation program. The school year is enhanced by weekly music sessions, seasonal parades and activities, special picture presentatiobns, community enrichment and Truck Day. Grace Methodist Nursery School is a diverse family of happy children supported by dedicated, and nurturing certified professionals and devoted parents.

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HEWLETT/EAST ROCKAWAY JEWISH CENTRE The Hewlett East Rockaway Jewish Centre Nursery School has dedicated many years to develop a child directed program where play is the medium for learning. Our professional and caring staff strives to create a relaxed environment that provides opportunities for academic social and emotional growth. Structured and unstructured materials in the class, as well as two outdoor play areas, and a hands on appropriate art and music program are all part of the school’s program to develop the “whole” child.

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KEYNOTE MUSIC CENTER KeyNote Music Center is the destination for music lessons serving the Five Towns/ Queens area. They have a great summer music camp program and believe in music for all from senior citizens to toddlers. The school has a qualified staff that teach and work in the music business & is credited with being the first music school in Long Island to have an educational partnership with Steinway & Sons. Come visit & join the magic.

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SKUDIN SURF New this summer - Skudin Surf School & Xtreme Fun. Full Day from 9 am to 4 pm at Nickerson Beach in Lido Beach. We will have a new location for half day camp at Atlantic Beach – New Plaza, from 9 am to 1 pm. Create your own camp schedule. We offer daily camp rates. And for you mom….drop off your kids and take a Stand Up Paddle Class on the bay, spend a relaxing day at the beach, or go to adult camp. Have your summer Birthday with us! Please visit our website www.skudinsurf.com or call 516-318-3993

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TEMPLE ISRAEL RELIGIOUS SCHOOL The philosophy of Temple Israel’s Religious School is to teach our children about Judaism, its history and culture, to instill a sense of pride in their heritage and to make them feel more Jewish. We accomplish this through hands-on personalized instruction, involving our students in every aspect of Jewish life, from the classroom to the Pulpit. Therefore, on the day of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, our students feel comfortable, confident and at home as members of an extended “Temple Family.”

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TEMPLE AM ECHAD Our early childhood center provides a nurturing, secure and stimulating program. We welcome children of all denominations. The non-competitive atmosphere is geared toward fostering a positive self-image while developing each child’s abilities and values. Cultivating a love for school, as well as learning to function confidently in a school community is of paramount importance in our preschool. We offer a variety of programs, including a toddler center for one to two and half year olds and a preschool for three and four year olds. Our summer camp program is available for ages one to four. The camp curriculum revolves around weekly themes. Each camp age group is staffed by our experienced teachers who work in our program throughout the school year.

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TUTOR TIME OF EAST ROCKAWAY Tutor Time of East Rockaway, a state licensed childcare program, is a state-of-the-art facility with both an indoor and outdoor playground, convenient for all types of weather. The highly qualified staff provides a caring and stimulating environment year round. The entire staff is CPR & First Aid certified and the center is licensed to administer prescription medication. Here at Tutor Time East Rockaway, we offer three distinct camp programs. Our Cub Camp provides children 18 months to 3 years with a wide variety of hands-on thematic based experiences. Petting zoos, pony rides, magicians, puppet shows and other enrichment activities add to the fun. Our Mini-Travel Camp provides our pre-kindergarten students with weekly trips in addition to the basic Cub Camp program. Our Adventure Travel Camp is available for 2, 4, 6, 8, or 9 week sessions for children 6-12 years old. Campers in this program go on different exciting trips each day, including Atlantis Marine World, Circle Line Cruises, Deep Sea Fishing, and The Air and Space Museum, to name a few. Several enrichment programs are also offered, including foreign language instruction, sign language instruction, gymnastics, karate and swimming lessons. Full and part time programs are available or ask us how to customize your summer fun. Tutor Time is open 12 months per year, 6:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

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TWIN OAKS COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL & CAMP Twin Oaks, at 459 Babylon Turnpike, in Freeport, has been a leader in camping for all ages for over 35 years. From tots to teens, we offer progressive programming including sports, two new turf fields crafts, swimming, drama and a full summer of special events, which are sure to make each child cheer with excitement. As our campers grow, so does their program. From our youngest “Barney” campers to our “Gemini” Adventure and Gemini Teen travelers, Twin Oaks is the perfect place for your child to spend the summer. Enroll early for fantastic savings. For more information, call 516-623-4550 or visit www.twinoaksdaycamp.com.

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HASC, WOODMERE For summer 2014 HASC Woodmere, a not-forrprofit preschool program and CPSE evaluationn site, provides an all-inclusive, integrated preeut school program for children with and without special needs. Multicultural programs are heldd nt in a warm, nurturing and safe environment twhere highly trained staff provide the lats. est innovative early childhood techniques. Children ages 3 to 5 years learn and grow inn a variety of full day class sizes. Your childrenn er experience the benefits of low student-teacher ratios in center-based classes. In additionn m, to a language based preschool curriculum, classes participate in gym, music, class tripss and special events. The school has a team of dedicated and highly qualified professionalss including certified teachers, speech/languagee al pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers and a full-time nurse. If you are looking for a caringg ur and supportive preschool that can offer your er child a well rounded program, look no further than HASC!

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Sleepovers and sleepaway camp By Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D.

Why does my child become anxious about sleepovers or going to camp? Anxiety is a normal feeling for children about to start sleepovers or leave for camp, whether it will be the first time or even if they have done these things several times before. This uneasiness or apprehension can occur for many reasons. For the majority of children, it is a mingling of excitement and a little fear of the unknown. These children usually are easily reassured and attend a sleepover or enter camp with minimal upset. For other children, the “fear factor” is larger than the excitement, and tends to take on a life of its own. In this situation, the child could be questioning everything about the upcoming separation experience: “What if I get sick?” What if no one likes me?”“What if the (other parents) counselors are mean?” “What if something happens to you (Mom and Dad) while I’m gone?” What does it feel like? Some children experience physical symptoms when anxious including butterflies, cold or clammy hands, headaches, nausea, being hot or cold, or feeling faint. Others report feeling like they want to cry and hide. The thoughts that accompany

anxiety tend to center around what can go wrong, which leads the child to worry more and potentially feel more physical symptoms. What can a parent do? Consider these practical first steps. Allow your child to express his or her concerns, and answer the “What if” questions in a calm, coping-focused manner: “This is your friend who wants you to sleepover. You like each other.” “You’ve made friends at school, so I’m sure the camp will help with meeting friends while there.” “The counselors are chosen because of their good work with kids.” “The camp people work with hundreds of kids each year. They know exactly what to do and also how to get in touch with us if you need us.” Make sure your child is informed about the camp and its activities. Focus your child on the camp activities he or she enjoys, such as swimming or baseball. Attend any sessions with your child offered by the camp, prior to start of the session. Engage your child in the fun aspects of preparing for camp such as shopping for new clothes and picking out camp gear. Make appropriate communication easy on your child. Pack pre-addressed,

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Helping children deal with separation anxiety stamped envelopes for your child to mail letters to you and others, such as grandparents and friends. Help your child rehearse. Children can practice being away from home by sleeping over at the homes of friends and relatives. What should parents avoid doing? Avoid giving excessive reassurance, such as repeatedly saying, “You’ll be fine!” Too much reassurance causes anxious children to seek to discredit the parent’s opinion. Avoid telling your child exactly what to do. It is more useful to ask your child to come up with a realistic plan for how to meet new friends and find fun activities. Successful completion of the plan enhances the child’s feeling of control and accomplishment, and this will decrease anxiety. Don’t ignore the problem by hoping it will go away by itself. Don’t be impatient (“You’re going and that’s it!”). Don’t allow the child to avoid the situation (“Okay, you don’t have to go.”). What to should parents do if a child is homesick? Let the counselors know prior to the beginning of camp that your child is anx-

ious about being away from home and may become homesick. Develop a plan detailing when your child can make phone calls home. In addition to regularly scheduled phone contact, calls can be earned by displaying positive coping skills as opposed to behavioral distress. Set an expectation for the phone calls, that they will be focused on the ways your child is trying to cope and have fun at camp, and not focused on crying and begging to come home. Although it is normal to have some degree of camp anxiety, if the problem persists or the symptoms are interfering with school performance or friendships, help is available. Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D. is Recanati Family Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU.

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Keeping kids active once the school year ends looking for ways to keep their kids active throughout the summer while still allowing them to recharge their batteries after a long school year. Plan an active vacation. Summer is when many families go on vacation, so why not choose a vacation that involves more than napping poolside? Though it's still good to leave some time for relaxation, find a locale where you can embrace activities like snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, or other adventures that get you and your youngsters off the poolside chaise and out exploring. Such a trip might inspire kids to embrace an activity more fully, getting them off the couch not only while they're on vacation but also when they return home for the rest of summer. Teach kids to garden. Gardening might be seen as a peaceful and relaxing hobby, but it still requires a lot of elbow grease and hard work that pays physical dividends. A garden must be planted, hoed, weeded, and watered, and gardening gets kids out of the house to enjoy the great outdoors. When growing a vegetable garden, kids might embrace the chance to be directly involved in the foods that will eventually end up on their dinner tables. Parents can embrace this as an opportunity to teach the value of eating locally-produced foods and the posi-

tive impact such behavior has on the environment. Go swimming. There are few of us who haven't looked out of our office windows on a sunny summer day and thought how nice it would be to be spending that afternoon making a few

laps in a lake, at the beach or in a pool. Kids have the same daydreams during the summer, so take a day off every so often and take the kids for an afternoon of swimming. Swimming is a great activity that exercises the entire body, including the shoulders, back, legs, hips, and abdom-

inals. In addition, swimming helps kids and adults alike maintain a healthy weight while also improving their cardiovascular health. It's hard for some people to find a place to swim once the warm weather departs, so take advantage of the summer weather and go swimming as often as possible while the kids are not in school. Limit how much time kids spend watching television, playing video games or surfing the Internet. Many of today's kids are as tech savvy as they are busy. But it's important that kids don't spend too much time online or on the couch watching television or playing video games. Such activities are largely sedentary, and they can set a bad precedent for the months ahead, even when the school year begins once again. Limit how much time youngsters spend in front of the television or the computer during summer vacation, keeping track and turning the TV or computer off if you suspect kids are spending too much time staring at the screen instead of being active. Kids might not love it when you turn their video games off or minimize their access to social media, but explain the limitations at the onset of summer and let them know you expect them to be physically active even if it is summer vacation.

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suggests munching on blueberries, watermelon, plums, and cherries. What are some smart ways to add more vegetables to your child's diet? "Broccoli and carrots are the usual kid favorites, but adding local and seasonal vegetables is a clever way to entice a variety of produce into your child's diet," says Manley. She suggests starting a garden or visiting a weekly farmers market so children can be more hands on about choosing their vegetables. She says that asparagus, green beans, snap peas, tomatoes, beets, lettuce varieties, cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers are all vitamin-packed vegetables that are great for preventing illness and boosting health. Picky eater? No problem with tasty tips and tricks Not all children are going to pick up a fresh beet and munch away immediately. To encourage healthy eating of a variety of foods, Manley offers these tips for parents of picky eaters: No labeling. Even if you feel your child is a difficult eater, labeling him or her as one will not remedy the situation, nor will it make your child feel good if they overhear you say it. Be a role model: Always put the same foods that you eat on your child's plate too. If this is done consistently, over time your child will eventually adapt. "Green Eggs and Ham": This Dr. Seuss classic is a handy book to read regularly. It's a playful approach that encourages kids to try new foods â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even just one bite.

Proactive kids: The more kids are involved in grocery shopping, gardening, chopping, and serving food, the more likely they will want to try the foods. Food history: Kids love a good story and trivia. Ask your kids what country broccoli came from, or how yogurt is made. Be patient. Changes do not happen overnight, but patient persistence will ultimately lead to healthier eating and fewer arguments.

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programs. You should also know the counselor to child ratio. What will they eat? With the rise in childhood obesity and food allergies, along with the overall importance of

• Does your child have special interests or talents that they would like to build on or develop? • Is your child willing to try or learn new things? • What goals do you have for your child while they attend summer camp? • How much can you afford for a camp program?

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As the classic Gershwin song lyrics go, "summertime and the livin' is easy" isn't always the case if you're a parent trying to determine what to do with your kids when the final school bell rings. More than 10 million kids from coast to coast attend some type of summer camp intended to occupy their days and provide memorable experiences full of fun, learning and development. While selecting the right camp can be a daunting task for parents, camp advisors offer some key tips to keep in mind to ensure a positive summer for everyone. Safety. Ask questions in advance to ensure the camp has standard operating procedures in place to keep your kids safe. Are parents required to show their membership card or driver's license to both check in and take their children home? Every employee should also have a stateapproved background check and those working with kids should be CPR- and first aid-certified. Activities. Find a camp that excites kids, provides a routine and has a variety of healthy activities for kids to engage in. This is critical for parents who don't want their kids wasting away summer days playing video games for hours on end. Good information to learn includes what the balance is between a set daily routine and the type, level and variety of activities the camp has designed to keep kids interested. Counselors. It's important to have counselors who will keep kids engaged in healthy, active fun, and are committed to building relationships with kids throughout the summer and not just looking for a summer job. They should have previous experience with kids and/or experience in childhood education or other kid-focused

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real food in daily diets, consider the food and snacks provided at camp. Find out if the daily menu includes healthy options free of artificial colors, preservatives and sweeteners, as well as being free of trans fats and bleached flour. For those children with food allergies, you will want to ensure the camp has guidelines for your child. Does the schedule work? While kids may have all the time in the world during the summer, most parents still have set schedules. If you are enrolling your child in a day camp program, ensure that the camp times from start to finish work for everyone. Some camps have forced times for drop-off and pick-up, creating extra challenges, while others will have extended hours to accommodate working parents.


¡º¶Çþü¶¹ËºÃÉÊÇºÈ Fun, brain-boosting activities to keep the kids on track for school success Lazy summer days may sound refreshing, however, they may be detrimental to your child's educational advancement. A study by Dr. Harris Cooper, a professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, reveals that students can lose an average of one to three months of what they learned upon returning back to school after summer break. Parents can help their children avoid this "summer slide" by reinvigorating creativity, innovation and education during the summer. It's easy to break up the boredom of summer break with a few When you provide your kids engaging activities that will get your kids off to a great start in the coming school year. with brain-stimulating experiences during the summer, your summer schedule. For example, plan you can help them to retain what they spent all year learning. This local field trips to historic monuments could enable them begin the new school that they may be learning about in next year with higher aptitude and give them year's history class. a competitive educational edge. After all, Give them a journal knowledge is power. Every child loves having a special spot

Use books for family bonding A family book club is a great way to get in more bonding time while also encouraging a love of reading. The children's section of the local library or bookstore is a great place to find books that also tie in scientific lessons. Kids will love digging into tales about dinosaur exploring new galaxies in space and reading about the biology of deep-sea creatures. Discuss any characters, plot and theme ideas in an interactive fashion that allows every family member to take part in a stimulating literary discussion. Celebrate the curious mind Does your child have a curious mind? Encourage inquisitiveness by enrolling them in a specialized summer camp, such as the many offered by our area colleges and universities, where children can pursue their interests. Use community resources Check out our local museums, libraries and other community centers for classes, workshops and other great learning opportunities for your kids. Give them a journal to help them keep track of all the things that they are learning. Talk to their teachers Figure out what kind of lessons they will be covering in the upcoming school year, if possible, and incorporate it into

to keep a record of their wonderful summer trips, times with friends and even drawings. Encourage them to keep a journal where they can tap into their scientific side by jotting down different discoveries — from tracking plant growth in the garden to drawing bugs in the backyard. Build science skills at home Because science is everywhere, it's easy to make every day a learning experience that inspires curiosity for your little one. Here are a few ways to incorporate this important subject into your family's daily summer routine: Family vacations: Vacations are a great way to expand scientific knowledge through exploration. Point out the rock formations while visiting a national park, discuss animal tracks while taking a hike or check out the natural history museum in the town you are visiting. Discuss current events: Use current newsworthy topics to start a sciencerelated discussion with your kids. From weather patterns to erupting volcanoes, the news is full of curious discoveries for their expanding minds. Create a resource collection Stock up on books, newspaper articles, puzzles, games, videos and other valuable learning tools that inspire sciencerelated discoveries. Keep them in a centralized spot so your kids can access them at any time. Figure out what kind of lessons they will be covering in the upcoming school year, if possible, and incorporate it into your summer schedule. For example, plan local field trips to historic monuments that they may be learning about in next year's history class.

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Put the brakes on 'brain drain' Parents and kids alike sigh with relief at the end of another successful school year. Yet years of studies show that summer "brain drain" is a very real phenomenon, and where kids are intellectually at the end of one school year isn't always where they are when they begin a new one. Over the summer, the average student loses more than two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills. Luckily parents have somewhere to turn with the successful implementation of children's enrichment programs, shifting your summer breaks into learning opportunities. "Summer is an ideal time for children to build on their math and science skills, instead of losing them, which is known as the 'summer slide,'" says education expert Michelle Cote. Summer camps with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) allow children to collaborate with their peers, teaching teamwork and organization while enhancing self-esteem and improving fine motor skills. Parents looking for a way to combat unfortunate educational losses have been encouraged by the growth of enrichment programs and the pool of talented instructors. Teachers who also have a summer break are flocking to these pro-

young scientists, engineers and architects through enrichment camps," says Gracia Merrill, a 12-year education veteran. Summer months are an excellent time for kids to not only fill learning gaps but also get ahead of the curve for the upcoming year. "It is the 'hands-on' learning they miss out on during the school year while gaining STEM-based knowledge simply by attending camp,” says Cote. Parents looking for a program for their children should find one that: Encourages curiosity, creativity and cognitive development, the ability to think and understand. Uses the tools that children relate to, such as LEGO Bricks. Offers engaging activities that boost self-esteem. Fosters an appreciation for how things work from vision and experimentation to culmination. Your child can easily avoid brain drain when he learns while playing. He’ll have so much fun he won't even realize that the basis of his summer enrichment program has catapulted him beyond these three months, into a new school year full of promise.

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Teaching kids leadership siblings and teaching them reading basics? Your child will build a sense of pride in sharing his or her knowledge and helping others learn something new. Check out extracurricular activities. Your child’s school likely has a plethora of clubs and activities with which your child could get involved. Sports are an obvious way to instill in your child the lessons of hard work, teamwork and determination, but if your child isn’t interested in athletics, don’t overlook things like student council, yearbook, drama club, music, math club, science club or a student ambassador program. Explore leadership programs and camps. Check to see what college programs are available for rising middle and high school students. Some colleges offer enrichment, college preparatory or other programs for children and teens designed specifically to build leadership aptitudes. How about experiential or other types of leadership camps in your area? You can check with your child’s teachers, guidance counseling office and school district for suggestions or referrals. Parents need to be creative when it comes to leadership development opportunities for their child. "The key is to empower your child to take on new

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