One of the largest deciding factors in selecting a summer camp is knowing the types of programs available. Should you consider a camp with only physical and group activities? Or, does an enrichment program coupled with extracurricular activities sound more like a plan? What’s the difference between a summer ‘camp’ and a summer ‘enrichment’ program?
Summer Enrichment vs. Summer Camp
A Summer Enrichment program typically blends fun individual and group activities with ‘next grade’ prep academic curriculum for a portion of the summer day. This keeps students’ minds fresh, but gives time for other interests. On the other hand, Summer Camps tend to focus more on physical activities or life skills, neglecting preparation for next grade academics. Both have their merits, but the Summer Enrichment option provides for a well-rounded approach, given the proper planning.
S.T.E.A.M. as the Ideal Summer Enrichment Option
S.T.E.A.M. programs are one type of Summer Enrichment options. They are very popular and growing in demand because of their universal, but intimate appeal. The acronyms stand for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, and MATHEMATICS.
Depending on the curriculum, reading comprehension is typically blended under the close supervision of the Summer Enrichment educators. At The Masters Academy Summer Enrichment programs, these educational consultants will be responsible for coordinating an individualized experience during the entire duration.
Benefits of a S.T.E.A.M. Summer Enrichment Program
For scholars who have other summer interests, this is ideal. Every child receives an assessment to determine their areas of strength and challenges to overcome. Then, the Educational Consultants design a Personalized Academic Program, tailored specifically to each scholar.
Although there is healthy social interaction, no two programs are alike for each child. This way, every child is encouraged to stay engaged and challenged based on THEIR interests and needs, instead of making every child fit into a ‘cookie-cutter’ type of program.
The S.T.E.A.M. approach also combats the summer ‘slide’, with proactive “Pre-Teaching” for each scholar’s next grade level. With added field trips, special events, and community leader presentations, the S.T.E.A.M. program is a valuable resource for summer fun while preparing for future success.
Every child enjoys some type of exploration; whether it is looking at cells through a microscope, building bridges, or developing art. Much to their liking, each day is more popular than the last, because there are age and grade appropriate activities in which all children may participate.
Growing Popularity of S.T.E.A.M. Summer Enrichment
The S.T.E.A.M. approach to Summer Enrichment growing in popularity because it shows children how to work together as a team and brings them closer together as they strive for a common goal.
All activities and lessons are designed to explore the creativity of each child. It also allows them to showcase their talent by creating something that is completely unique. These showcases serve as a reminder as their accomplishments while enjoying a fun, but productive Summer Enrichment program.
Contrary to traditional ‘Summer Camps’, a S.T.E.A.M. Summer Enrichment environment is constantly moving. While the atmosphere is structured to make the most of learning, the focus is on cultivating a healthy and fun environment. A child cannot learn unless they are healthy, and they are even more successful when learning is fun!
For parents who want their children to have a well-rounded summer without experiencing the summer ‘slide’, finding a S.T.E.A.M. program is the first step to supporting children’s next step in their academic career. In addition to sports, music, or other extracurricular activities, the S.T.E.A.M. Summer Enrichment through the Masters Academy is a great foundation toward success!
Natisha Brooks, Chancellor
Chris Callaway, Dean of Student Affairs