Rebuilding Intellectual Skills During the Summer
Summer break is typically viewed as a time for relaxation, fun, and no schedules. However, considering the dramatic changes in our lives over the past 2-3 years, this summer would be the perfect time to get children back on track. As unfortunate as it is, the reality is that most children’s development has been stifled in one, if not all, areas. Cognitive performance has been significantly affected since schools have had limited options for learning, and for some children, these choices are not as conducive to learning. To counteract this, we must engage children in a program that fosters brain development and learning.
As most parents have witnessed over the past couple years, the COVID slide is a real thing. Children’s cognitive performance has decreased dramatically, and the learning loss that has been associated with this has left everyone feeling the pressure to regain momentum. And while parents and teachers have attempted to implement methods that boost learning, the drastic change from a “normal” school experience has led to extreme detriments in our children’s education.
Now, it’s time to get children’s brains rebooted and turn their brain “strains” into “brain gains.” There are a host of tutoring programs that can help children catch up to where they should be academically. However, most of these programs don’t incorporate any motivation or fun. And since we know that children’s motivation is at an all-time low due to the trauma that many have experienced, it’s best to engage them in a program that not only benefits them cognitively but also increases their motivation while they have fun.
Since children learn best through play, a program that enhances cognitive development in an environment that is safe and fun is the ultimate win-win. The SKILLZ Child Development Centers offer programs that incorporates both of these while also enhancing physical, emotional, and social growth. This 4D approach encourages the most remarkable progress. The use of alternative methods of learning causes active learning to be engaged, thereby initiating working memory. As new neural connections are made, fluid intelligence improves. One technique known as neurobics is very effective in priming the brain for learning. This, coupled with procedures that boost positive chemicals in the brain, gives children the best shot at counteracting the effects of a Summer slide.
As the summer gets underway, now is the time to engage children in a program that will boost skills in all developmental areas and give them a jumpstart on the next school year. By utilizing methods that are fun and involve play, children’s motivation will increase and, as a result, their intellectual development will improve and give them the appropriate skills needed to start a new school year.
Our Summer Camp Program includes such activities as Life SKILLZ where each week there is a new topic discussed and challenges issues to the kids to learn about. We also include “Brain Gain” activities that challenge Campers to learn while having fun. As a special bonus, Campers who purchase 5 or more weeks of Camp also get a digital coupon for our Child Development Program, the Quick Start Confidence Course (a $169 retail value) for FREE!
All of this is why we say, We’re So Much More than a martial art school. We are a licensed Child Development Center.