Learning Empathy through Dance Class

Having empathy means to have the ability to understand and share in the feelings of another. Many people cannot show empathy until they have experienced something for themselves. Children can find it hard to be empathic towards others as they do not understand what a friend may be going through. Recent studies over the past few years have shown that children are more capable of learning empathy by taking part in dance classes.

It is important for children to be able to learn empathy to be able to relate to others. Empathic people are able to be better leaders as well as be more successful in the workforce by learning how to build quality relationships.

With dance classes, children learn how to share and work with others. By taking part in similar movements, children learn how to empathize with others. During dance, children are able to experience cognitive benefits. Dance has been shown to improve acceptance, cooperation and collaboration among children.

In dance classes, children will meet new people of differing backgrounds as well as various cultures. It is helpful to the child to meet new people, becoming more accepting of those who they may not interact with on a daily basis. Children learn how to work with each other as they learn dance movements. Whether children are dancing in a group setting or with a partner, they must work together to reach a common goal.

This helps to work towards collaboration with others. Children are able to work together, gaining skills that are quite useful in life, from relationships with others to entering the workforce. As an adult, your child will be more accepting of others, be willing and able to collaborate and work together to reach goals, in work and personal life. Such skills will allow your child to build a solid foundation for a successful adulthood.

More research is needed to fully understand the connection between dance and emotional intelligence. In the meantime, parents can use summer camp for kids as a way to provide dance classes for their children. With dance class, the child will learn how to work with others, develop quality social skills and exercise.

At Zodiac Day Camp, children will have access to summer programs that feature dance and other creative outlets. Your child can enroll in the Creative Kidz section to take part in a variety of fun activities including dance classes. Dance creates a positive environment where children can develop their creativity, focusing on self-expression and self-achievement.

Children will see a boost in their self-confidence along with enjoying themselves with kids their own age. The dance classes focus on movements, rhythm, and imagination, freedom of expression, music, fitness and fun!

Give your child access to such classes along with much more to enjoy by contacting Zodiac Day Camp. Programs are offered for children in age ranges of 6 ½ to 12 ½ with dance included for fun and skill-building. Find out more about classes today by contacting Zodiac.


Finding the right camp for kids with asthma

Summer camps for kids are a great way in which to provide an outlet of fun for your child. In the summer months, children can quickly become bored at home.

Day camps for kids will provide entertainment such as interactive activities with children of the same age group. There are many different types of summer camps offered for children with some focusing on the arts while others focus on sports or outdoor activities. For parents with children who have health concerns, it is important to find a camp that has the necessary resources to make their camp experience a success. One example of this is asthma. When a child has asthma, they can be restricted from certain activities as well as have health issues that must be addressed.

So how do you find the right summer camp for your child who suffers from asthma? By asking the right questions and doing your research, you will find the right option for your child to make new friends and enjoy activities during the summer months.

Limited Activities

Consider what activities that your child may not be able to enjoy. Sometimes, children cannot take part in sports due to breathing issues from asthma. If your child is not able to participate in sports, you want to lean towards a different type of camp option such as one that focuses on technology or the arts. You want the physical activity to be limited or non-existent so you do not have to worry about your child not being able to participate or having an asthma attack trying to take part.

Medical Assistance

A major factor to consider is the medical assistance offered on-site. You want to be sure that counselors are proficient in first aid and understand the treatment your child will need for asthma. This can include administering breathing treatments, inhaler help, etc. You want your child to have access to quality assistance if they were to be hit with an asthma attack or breathing issue. Ask questions about the medical treatment available as well as skill level of the counselors of the camp.

Consider Your Child’s Interests

On top of your concerns, you should also place a focus on the interests of your child. You want to enroll your child in a summer camp that they will enjoy. For example, if your son or daughter enjoys spending time taking part in arts and crafts, then an art focused day camp would be the best choice. Think about your child’s interest. What does he or she like to do? You can easily find camps that offer a wealth of activities to ensure your child has an enjoyable time.

For day camp options that your child with asthma can enjoy, contact Zodiac Day Camp. Zodiac offers quality camp options including trained counselors who can assist in the safety and well-being of your child. Camp options include Creative Kidz which focuses on the arts, crafts, dance and more and Explore and Discover which focuses on science, technology, and robotics. You are sure to find a day camp option that will interest your child and provide hours of fun during the summer months!

What Happens to Your Child during Swimming Lessons?

Swimming lessons are a great way to prepare your child for time spent in the water. Summers are meant for swimming, but you want to be sure that your child is safe. With swimming lessons, you know that your child is prepared for the water, able to be safe and avoid any harm. Swimming lessons for toddlers and preschool age children are a great way to get started early, giving your child the essential skills for water safety. Most parents feel that lessons will be a basic swimming tutorial providing essential skills for safety in the water but swimming lessons also provide additional benefits that most parents are unaware of. Learn more of what to expect during swimming lessons below.

Social skills development

To begin, your child will start to develop social skills. During toddler swimming  lessons, kids meet others their own age. Children can be partnered up or take part in activities in the water in which they will be working together. The kids will begin to talk to one another and learn how to make new friends. As your child ages and continues with lessons, they learn how to be more social which is helpful in other areas of life.


When taking part in swimming lessons, children also learn logic. Logical thinking can be very helpful in adulthood, swimming lessons start children off early in learning how to be more logical. From going underwater to making movements with the body, children have to make logical choices when figuring out how to complete a swimming task. The critical thinking stage will be helpful to building decision making skills that will only be helpful in the future.

Quick thinking

Children also learn how to be quick thinkers. Many times when swimming, decisions have to be lightning fast. If thrown under the water, children have to think quickly about how to get back above the surface. Think about it. When you jump into the water and go under, you automatically think to kick your way to the top of the surface. Or perhaps you would float to the bottom and use the bottom of the pool to push yourself back up to the surface. Either way, this is a quick decision that you made. You will see your child make quick decisions while learning how to swim that will only enhance their skills.


Learning drive or initiative is hard to accomplish. Unless you have worked hard for something, you may not have learned how to have drive or take initiative. For children, having a goal of learning how to go underwater or diving into the pool can lead to having a sense of drive or wanting to accomplish something. Your child will see how they can set a goal and reach it, which will result in building a strong sense of worth and a can-do attitude.

Overall, your child will experience many great benefits from swimming lessons and not just physical benefits. Sign your child up today for lessons by contacting Zodiac Swim School. Lessons are offered for many age groups to help your child build quality social and overall life skills.

5 Screen-Free Activities Your Kids Won’t Think Are Lame

Kids need constant entertainment. With so much energy to burn, children need to be able to have a release point. Parents often become so frustrated with keeping children busy that they give them a mobile device or sit them down in front of the television. While this will work, it is recommended that children avoid too much screen time. But what are parents to do when they run low on ideas for entertainment? Below are a few ideas on how to keep your kids entertained without using technology.


An age-old option is to have your child enjoy sports. Various sports can be played at home as well as in a team setting. Think about what your child likes to do. If they enjoy running around, then soccer or football would be a great choice. Consider enrolling your child in a day camp for kids to take part in sports such as swimming, basketball and more.

The Arts

Many children do not enjoy sports but would rather be creative. For those children, it can be difficult and messy to come up with unique crafts ideas. Always keep coloring books and colors on hand so that your child can express themselves, but also consider classes. From art to fashion design, having a creative outlet in class can help your child have fun as well as grow their creative skills. At a day camp for kids, you will find options exist with creative function to help your child express themselves in a variety of ways.

Imagination Play

Using the imagination is something that children can easily do. If your child becomes bored, have them use their imagination. Come up with new ideas each day from creating a fort to fight an incoming dragon to using pillows on the ground to walk to avoid touching the hot lava. Encourage your child to use their imagination to create new games or fun things to do.

Go Outside and Explore

When the weather permits, have your child go outside and explore. Create a treasure hunt of sorts for your child to have fun. You can make a list of items for your child to look for outside including certain leaves, sticks, rocks, etc. This is a fun exercise that will get your child moving and exploring.


Who doesn’t love to sing along to their favorite songs? Children love to sing and a great way to entertain your child is to offer a sing-a-long. Make a list of songs that your child enjoys and have them sing in a lovely voice or even a silly voice. Give your child a microphone, real or pretend, and have them put on a show!

Overall, it is important to provide children with an outlet for their energy as well as creativity. Zodiac Day Camp’s programs  are a perfect way in which your child can have fun, make new friends and learn new skills that will allow them to keep busy. Contact Zodiac today to learn about the many camp options, choosing one for your child to enroll.

First Aid Firsts: What are the basics your kids should learn?

When parents think of swimming lessons, they most often think of a qualified instructor teaching their children how to swim. However, swim school for kids can also be a time when they learn lifesaving skills. Children as well as adults need to learn the basics of first aid to be able to handle certain situations if they may arise. Below are a few examples of when your child needs to learn first aid skills as well as how these skills come into play.


Starting at around age 11 or 12, children begin to take on the role as babysitter. This could be for siblings or children in the neighborhood. Babysitters need to be well-versed in basic first aid in order to know how to respond during an emergency situation. At Zodiac Swim School children can learn via babysitting courses in order to be a proper care giver. Teens learn how to feed and change a baby, how to prepare a meal and play games. The basic first aid skills a teen will learn to be a babysitter will include how to prevent injuries as well as how to keep children in their care safe. Teens age 11 to 15 can take part in the class to learn just what they need to know to be a babysitter.

Home Alone Safety

Parents who leave their children home alone will have peace of mind if their child attends a course that teaches safety precautions for being alone. Children age 10 and over can take a home alone safety class when they will be left home alone. Children who are left home alone need to be responsible and have an understanding of what they are allowed to do.

During a home alone safety course, children will learn bike safety as well as street smarts. People safety, including stranger danger is covered along with online safety. Sibling rivalry is covered to ensure siblings are not constantly fighting as well as how to handle emergency situations if they were to arise. Basic first aid skills including cuts and scrapes, is covered.

First Aid

To learn actual treatment processes during an emergency, a child should be enrolled in First Aid classes. The teen will learn real-life skills that can be used in an emergency situation. Children are taught how to recognize and treat a life-threatening condition as well as injury. Recognizing breathing issues, choking, airway restrictions or cardiovascular incidents skills are provided.

First aid courses also include information on who to treat injuries including spine, bone & joint, chest injuries, burns, etc. Your teen will be equipped with the knowledge needed to care for themselves as well as others.

At Zodiac Swim School, the opportunity is available for children of preteen and teenage years to learn basic first aid as well as babysitting and home alone skills. Contact Zodiac today to enroll your child.


7 Signs your child is bullied at day camp and what you can do about it

Bullying is inevitable in any setting, evenday camp. Children who attend day camp and are being bullied will show certain signs that parents should watch out for. You want your child to enjoy their experience at camp, making friends and having fun, instead of feeling left out or picked on. By learning the signs to look for, you can help your child build confidence and move past the bullying situation as well as interfere if needed.

No Longer Wanting to go to Camp

One sign that your child is being bullied is that they no longer want to go to camp. If your child is being picked on, they may begin to show signs that they are no longer interested in summer camp. If your child suddenly changes their mind about camp, they are most likely being affected in some way at camp.

Acting Differently

Perhaps your child is acting differently when they arrive home from day camp Is your child more withdrawn? Does she seem upset? If you notice a change in how they are acting or if they are no longer talking about what they enjoyed at camp, there is most likely something wrong.

Not Being Involved in Camp Activities

Talk to the camp counselor often. Is your child taking an active role in activities? If you find that your child is avoiding certain sports or activities that they normally enjoy, then they are most likely avoiding someone, possibly a bully.

Personal belongings broken

Take note of any personal items your child takes to camp. Are backpacks coming back extra dirty or items being broken? If so, this could be a sign that you child is being bullied. Bullies like to take items of their victims, throwing back packs in the mud or breaking art supplies.

Emotional outbursts

Have you noticed that your child is acting out at home, in a way that is not normal to their behavior? Many children who are bullied will act out at home as a way to let go of the anger they are feeling inside due to being bullied. If you find your child is lashing out at home, sit down and have a conversation to find out what the problem is.

The main goal is to keep in open communication with your child and their camp counsellor. At Zodiac Day Camp we strive to maintain an environment for your child to enjoy camp and get the most fun out of the everyday activities.  We have counsellors that are always monitoring the campers and if they see any instances of bullying will handle it as quickly as possible, so that your child will enjoy their camp experience.

Private Lessons: A Benefit For High Functioning Children

The term high-functioning in regards to autism is not an official medical term or diagnosis but an informal way in which to recognize that a child with autism is able to function alongside their peers at a higher functioning rate than others with autism. The child will be able to speak, write, read and take care of basic life skills, even living independently as an adult.

Children with high-functioning autism do have a difficult time with communication and social interaction. It is hard for children with this type of autism to read social cues and make friends. Because of this, parents like to encourage their child to take part in activities, to have something fun to do as well as learn how to interact socially. One option is swimming lessons.

Swimming lessons are a great way for a child to learn safety measures in the water as well as practice social interaction. It is recommended that the child enroll in private swimming lessons. Instructors are able to provide one-on-one lessons to the child so that the child can focus on the movements and learn how to swim, all the while feeling comfortable. Being in a setting with many children can be overwhelming and distracting for a child with high-functioning autism. By providing one-on-one instruction, the child can learn the basics of swimming and parents can feel good knowing their child will be able to be safe when in the water.

There is also the social aspect to consider. Even though the class does not involve other children, there is an instructor. The child may have difficulty interacting sociallyand working with an instructor can help them learn how to relate or interact with adults. If the child functions successfully with the , instructor steps can be taken to move them into a smaller group class when ready to make friends or become more comfortable in the group.

If the high-functioning child is already able to thrive in a social setting, the lessons can include a handful of other children. Parents have found that their high-functioning child is able to get along well with others as they all learn the various movements involved with learning how to swim. The child can make friends and feel better equipped to deal with social situations as they arise.

Children may also feel more at ease in a smaller class or private lesson alone with an instructor. Children who are high-functioning can be devoted to order and routine. The child may have repetitive motions or habits that they must complete to feel comfortable. At times, such routines can long to others. If the child has such lengthy routines’, they may feel more comfortable working with a patient instructor who is able to teach and work around such routines.

At Zodiac Swim School, they offer low ratio classes that work well for high-functioning children. Private lessons are also offered so that the instructor is able to provide the child with specialized lessons based on their pace of learning. Day camp options offers children the ability to have a shadow or the parent to accompany the camper to help the child feel more at ease as they transition between each activity, including swimming. This process has a small fee included. To learn more about such swimming lessons and camp activities, contact Zodiac today.

Which Swimming Pool Is Best For My Kid?

>Swimming is a fun past time that children enjoy with friends and family. With swimming, children can enjoy floating in the water or learning how to swim. For parents, it is important to evaluate which types of swimming pools are best for your child’s swim lessons as well as enjoy the water. Below are a few examples of what you should consider.

Lifeguard on Duty

Whether your child is taking swimming lessons or enjoying the water with friends, you want to be sure there is a lifeguard on duty. Even the strongest swimmer can be at the risk of drowning if an injury occurs. When a lifeguard is on duty, you know your child will be safe. Always go to swimming pools where a lifeguard is present.

Shallow end or Kiddie Pool

If your child is not comfortable with the water yet or is unable to swim, having a kiddie pool or shallow end in the pool is important. Children need to be able to place their feet on the bottom of the pool and feel at ease. Be sure to teach your child where these areas are at the pool so they know where they are allowed to go. Explain why the deep end is off limits so they understand what can happen if they don’t know how to swim.

Deeper Pools

If your child is an advanced swimmer and wants to work on their skills, it is best to visit an area where the swimming pool is deep enough. 6 to 12 feet in depth is plenty of space for a child to learn strokes, how to dive, etc. Swim lessons for kids in advanced stages of swimming are often done in deeper waters so the child can learn how to swim and be safe.

Public or Private Setting?

You may also want to consider the setting of the swimming pool. Going to a public pool is always fun but often times, especially during the summer months, these pools will be crowded. You may not feel comfortable with your child swimming by themselves in water that is filled with people. A private setting such as a swim club or private space will ensure that there will be less people and your child will not get lost in the shuffle. This is certainly something to consider when trying to find the right pool for your child.

Overall, it is important to consider the area in which you will be swimming as well as your child’s skill level. To ensure the safety of your child, set up swimming lessons as well as have a lifeguard on duty whenever you take to the water.

To ensure a safe swimming environment for your child, visit Zodiac Swim School. Offering a variety of swimming programs and lessons, Zodiac is a great place to help your child learn to have respect as well as a love for the water.

3 Ways to Raise a Leader

The term leadership can be hard to define. In essence, the term means to guide or influence. All parents want their children to be leaders not followers. But how do you raise your child to be a leader? There are certain steps that parents can take that will help a child develop leadership skills that will be used later on in life to be successful. Read on to find our top three tips on teaching your child to lead, not follow.

Support Independent Thinking

To begin, parents need to support independent thinking. This does not mean letting your child do whatever they desire. It means that children need to be allowed to experience things. A leader will be willing to take an intellectual risk and will be independent thinking. Allow your child to make decisions on their own but guide them in the decision making process. Consider this. Your child is attending a Toronto day camp.

They are enjoying playing basketball but continues to have trouble dribbling the ball. An independent thinker will be willing to keep going, taking chances in order to reach a final goal. By supporting your child in everything they do, they have the confidence to keep going and figure out a way to meet the end goal. An independent thinker would ask for assistance to become better at dribbling the ball, essentially ending up with better ball handling skills.

Setting Goals

A good leader will set goals and follow through by reaching the goal. From a young age, it is important to help your child learn about goals. Encourage your child to participate in a variety of activities or teach about goals in other ways. Show your child how you set a goal and reach it. It takes hard work and dedication but pays off in the end. Enrolling your child in leadership camps will help them to better understand the goal setting process and how to follow steps in order to reach the goal. Set a good example by setting goals of your own and meeting them, talking to your child along the way as you go through the process.

Being Involved

For your child to be a leader, they need to be involved. Enroll your child is day camps that specialize in sports such as swimming or basketball. Your child will learn about goal setting, working with a team and hopefully emerge as a leader. You want your child to be able to interact well with others and reach common goals, all of which is done by attending such camps.

In the teenage years, kids can enroll in leadership camps such as learning first aid or becoming a certified lifeguard. Learning such skills are essential to build strong leadership skills in your child. Helping others as well as learning leadership skills will help your child be a successful adult.

To learn more about leadership camp options in Toronto, contact Zodiac Day Camp today. Your child can enroll in specialties that will help foster these skills including leadership experience and training (L.E.A.D) and counsellor-in-training (C.I.T) programs.

How Enrolling In A Day Camp Connects Kids To Their Culture And Community

A day camp is the perfect opportunity for a child to make new friends, work on social skills as well as have something to do when school is out of session. However, what many parents do not know is that day camp also connects children to the community as well as the local culture. Children can make new friends with other children who come from a variety of backgrounds, taking part in activities and events that focus on the community.

A Toronto day camp will ensure that your child will be able to enjoy fun times with new friends but it will also be a learning experience. Because day camps offer specialty classes and activities, children are exposed to culture they may not normally be exposed to. Many parents are busy with work and other activities to teach children about music, dance or art. At day camp, children are able to enjoy activities centered around these subjects with a focus on the local culture and community.

Consider this. Many day camps offer specialty classes such as fashion design and cooking. Children are exposed to unique cultures by taking part in such classes. A cooking class might teach a child about French cooking or Italian cuisine. The child may not have been exposed to this type of food otherwise.

Other areas of exploration include outdoor recreation and sports. Children who do not come from an athletic family may not have been exposed to community sports such as soccer or even cultural sports such as martial arts. With day camp, the child is able to take part and find out what they might enjoy. Many times, children find an activity they love so much, they enter a new realm of possibilities in both school and the future.

Children should be exposed to local culture and community activities to learn a sense of giving back and taking part. At kids camps, children learn how to work well with others when enjoying sports or classes as well as taking part in special events. Because camp can offer a long list of activities, children are able to take part in a variety of fun and excitement that they may have otherwise not been exposed to.

Parents cannot do it all. It is difficult to find activities for kids to enjoy that fit into the daily schedule. With day camp, children are able to take part in a multitude of activities, finding the options they love the most. While some kids might like to play sports, others might enjoy the more hands on activities of cooking or art classes. By attending camp, your child is opened up to new and exciting worlds, able to find what they truly enjoy as well as what they might not be particularly interested in.

For quality options for your children to attend a Toronto based day camp contact Zodiac. Zodiac Day Camp provides several day camp options with a mix of outdoor and indoor activities. Such categories of camp options include: Creative Kidz, Explore & Discover along with Mega Sports.