Dear WhizKids family and guests,
I wanted to write openly about our current plans concerning this summer.
Although everyday life right now has been drastically altered for many of us, I'm trying to imagine a month or two from now when things (hopefully) start getting back to normal.
Here are a few things I believe:
Summer camp will be more anticipated (and needed!) than ever. Our kids will need a place to get away from the house for a while, to socialize and make new friends, to be creative, to think and problem solve, to learn something new, and to play and unleash pent up energy. Parents will need a place for their kids to spend time with certified, qualified teachers. For the many families who are scaling back on spring activities or who are cooped up inside, summer can’t come soon enough.
No matter what, our kids will need to stay busy this summer. This applies to every summer, but may be particularly important this year. Our kids need to socialize, explore their interests and passions, keep their brains engaged, and be active in the summer. The Summer Slide is real, and the increased time away from school has the potential to increase this slide further. I feel very lucky that WhizKids has the opportunity to be a bright spot for many kids who might feel a little trapped or down right now as well as for parents who know their kids need to keep their brains working.
You should be able to enroll with confidence and flexibility. Currently all of our locations are open for the summer! Our certified teachers are writing curriculum for hands-on, engaging, fun S.T.E.A.M. units right now, and they are ready to teach, inspire, and keep your children safe this summer. We know, however, that this situation is fluid and unpredictable. In the event that we need to close your week of camp, we'll notify you with as much warning as possible so you can do one of the following:
I am very grateful for the loyal customers who support this small, local business year after year as well as our new friends who are willing to try something new with us. Thank you for your trust and for giving us the opportunity to educate and inspire your kids. I'm excited about another fantastic summer of WhizKids!
Founder, WhizKids Programs LLC
Do you know about the Summer Slide? According to research, on average, students lose between 25-30% of their school-year learning over the summer. WOW!
Here are several things you can do to help your child avoid the summer slide.
Just like with playing a sport, Reading and Math are skills that must be practiced. When a child spends hours a day hitting a baseball, swimming, shooting a basketball, they will progress. But if he then stops hitting balls for three months or takes a few months off from swimming, he will struggle. But if he practices a few times a week, regaining the previously learned skills will come back much more easily.
It is important to keep your child’s mind engaged over the summer so they will not fall victim to the summer slide.