Making your child’s Spring Break worthwhile is as simple as signing them up for a Language Camp.
Part of being an adult is accepting that your priorities have changed. I am more experienced with my 2 year old baby, but I’ve also learned a few lessons about older kids. The most vital of these lessons is simple: Don’t try to be a kid. I’ve seen far too many adults, some parents themselves, make fools of themselves trying to prove they’re still young and hip and can not only understand where their kids are ‘coming from’ but sympathise. That just makes you look foolish, I think; whatever age you are, embrace it and act it. It just works better that way.
So, while I know that kids look forward to Spring Break as a few days off from school just when the weather’s warming up. Older kids head to the beaches to go a little crazy and sow some wild oats, and younger kids see it as a preview to summer vacation. Parents aren’t nearly as excited, though, are they – because it’s week when the kids are back at home, demanding lunch be made and entertainment be provided.
So here’s an idea that warms my cold, bitter language translation-oriented heart: Send your kids to Spring Break Language Camp.
It’s a great idea that’s been gaining momentum in recent years – an intensive week-long camp where kids study and practice language skills non-stop. It’s fast and intense, providing an immersive experience that can jump-start language acquisition or help hone skills that otherwise might wither from lack of use.
Let’s face it – Spring Break is usually a waste of time for younger kids. Not long enough for a proper vacation, the break is spent with them hanging around the house and wasting time. At the same time, academic competition and competition for the available spots in the best colleges and universities are both tightening all the time, and language skills might be what sets your child apart. Why not kill two birds with one stone and get the kids out of the house over break, and make their time productive?
Not Just Language – Also Camp
The great thing about a Language Camp is that it’s not just language skills and translation – it’s also a social experience. Kids make friends and have adventures, they just do it while immersed in a coherent and effective language program that sets them up to be light years ahead of their fellow kids when they return to school for the Spring semester. It’s more fun than sitting in a class, and not particularly expensive, with prices ranging from $400 - $600 for a week, and most offering daily rates so you can ‘pop in’ for a few days rather than pay for a whole week.
Make your kid’s off time count. They might not be happy in the moment, but they will thank you later in life.
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