Want to keep you children entertained, learning and busy this summer? Most kids have already had their last day of school but this does not mean they need to stop learning or being challenged. In the next three weeks you will become your child’s teacher.
This means you are the English, math, science, history, art, music and gym teacher. The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. There are so many different options to help your child’s body and mind stay active this summer. Get your child involved in a play group, story time or summer camp that is offered in the area. Contact your local YMCA, Ely Chapman, Girls and Boys Club and Betsey Mills to find out more about the camps they offer.
Send your child to Vacation Bible School. Finding a local VBS is easy. Visit your church’s website or Facebook page to find out dates for their VBS. Or pick up a local newspaper; most churches advertise their VBS. Why should your child attend VBS, beyond the answer “it’s good for them”? It challenges their minds to think, and it gets them involved with other children their age, psychically active and creative. It’s even great for the soon-to-be kindergartner; they get a taste of what kindergarten will be like, they will learn how to sit still, listen to stories and wait their turn. VBS usually consists of songs, stories, snacks, arts and crafts, and lots of fun. It’s a fun and free event. Don’t let the moment pass you by. Your child will be thanking you for sending them to a full week’s worth of fun.
Don’t forget to hit the books. Take a trip to the local library. For the little and younger kids it is so important to keep building their reading skills that they have built all year long at school. Most libraries offer a variety of different events throughout the summer. Even if you do not get to take your child to one of these events, just take your child to the library and spend an hour there picking a book. Make a list of books to read for the summer. Encourage your child to read, and pick up a book for yourself. The best readers are children of parents who read.
Last, spend time with your child. The little things will make a big impact. Take a walk with your child. Collect leaves, rocks or flowers. Take a bike ride. Make a tent in the backyard. Create something out of recyclables. Play in the sprinklers. Go to the pool. Whatever you do, you’re the teacher! Remember — keeping your child’s body and mind active will help the summer be full of fun.
Below is a list of different camps, VBS’s, and library events:
1 Week of Sport Camp (throughout the summer the YMCA will be holding 1 week for each sport: basketball, volleyball, football, tennis, golf, boating and peewee sport sampler.
Contact the YMCA at (740) 373-2250 or visit www.mariettaymca.org
Camper In Training
Camp FLY Day Camp
1 Week of Specialty Camps (American Doll, Camp Hogwarts, Dino Daze, Myth Busters, Fish Camp, Lemonade Stand, and CSI Camp.
Contact the YMCA at (304) 485-5585 or visit www.parkersburgymca.org
Boys and Girls Club Marietta
Boys and Girls Club Parkersburg
Betsey Mills Club
Magical Make Believe Camps (ages 3-5)
Contact Betsey Mills Club at (740) 373-4981 or visit www.betseymills.com
2015 Sensational Summer Camp
(740) 376-9533 or visit www.elychapmanedu.org
Washington County Public Library
Check out local events at the library by visiting www.wcplib.info
Visit a couple different websites to keep your kids busy on the rainy days: