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Kids and camps: research continues to make the case for summer learning

For many parents, summer is not a time to think about their children’s schooling: in fact, a 2010 study in the USA, shows that just 25% of school-age children participate in a summer learning programme. But studies and research underline that summer is actually a great time for kids to be in school – provided it’s a programme geared to their needs and interests.

The research shows that the ideal ‘summer as a break, a time where kids can abandon structure and engage in free play’ is often very different from the reality, kids are often under-stimulated and lack outlets for activity and exercise when they are left to their own devices in the summer.

So what about selling them on the idea of “summer school”? Ron Fairchild, an education consultant and former director of the Johns Hopkins University Center of Summer Learning: “Typically, I try to avoid the term ‘summer school.’ It has such a negative connotation; it invokes a horrible image. People think it’s punitive.”

So we want kids to get outdoors and see the connection between doing the things they love and learning about those things. Kids’ participation in summer programmes has also been shown to not only avoid learning losses but to increase their aptitude for learning during the regular school year.
Sources: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org

StudyWesternEurope offers many possibilities for schoolkids to spend the European summer in New Zealand in an adventurous, exciting, yet educationally rewarding setting.

European Summer Programmes in New Zealand High Schools

English Language Course and Flying Lessons (18 years and over)

Outdoor Short Courses (18 years and over)

Paragliding and Hang Gliding courses (16 years and over)

Paragliding and Hang Gliding tours (16 years and over)

Short Courses with Hungry Creek Art and Craft School

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