The Convenience and Benefits of Summer Backyard Swim Lessons

When it comes to private swimming lessons, most parents have no idea that options are offered that include backyard learning. Many parents think that swimming lessons must take place in a facility, however, that is not the case. Instructors will offer private lessons in their own home. They may even offer to come to your home if you have a swimming pool, in order to help your child learn how to swim.

Benefits of Backyard Swimming Lessons

There are many benefits associated with backyard swimming lessons. To begin, your child will receive one on one training. This means that your child will learn how to swim at their own pace and have the undivided attention of the instructor. In a group learning environment, many children can fall behind as the instructor must provide attention to each child, instead of one individual. With backyard swimming lessons, your child is able to focus on skills and learning at their own pace, which can lead to better training and overall understanding of each technique.

Backyard swimming lessons are also convenient. When it comes to lessons at a facility, you have to enroll your child for a set time frame and attend classes at a particular time. It can be difficult to meet these requirements and you have to travel to the lesson as well. With backyard swimming lessons, instructors operate on their own time. Because of this, sometimes you have more flexibility to schedule lessons so they meet your scheduling needs.

Overall, your child will be introduced to swimming techniques based on their age and current skill level. Children are able to learn at their own pace and do not feel pressured to move on to the next skill until they master what they are currently working on. In a class setting, children often feel they must move on to the next skill, even if they do not feel fully comfortable with what they have been working on. With individual lessons, the child will be able to work at their own pace and move on when they are ready. This type of learning leads to better mastering swimming skills and self confidence within your child.

If you are considering enrolling your child in swim classes, think about backyard swimming lessons. This may be an option that works better for you as it offers more leniency when it comes to scheduling and one on one learning.

At Zodiac Swim School, backyard swim lessons are available during the summer months via the director’s pool. The benefits of this option include, being able to pay as you go and not being locked into a schedule. Parents are free to schedule lessons around their work times. This convenience is a major reason why parents opt to enroll their kids into the backyard swimming program.

To learn more, contact our office today and inquire about the backyard swimming lessons. Help your child learn at their own pace by scheduling this one on one educational opportunity.

Debunking 5 Myths about Summer Day Camps in Canada

When it comes to kids summer camps, there are many to choose from. Parents will find that summer camps are offered that focus on particular activities such as swimming or sports while others focus on arts and crafts. Finding the right camp is important so your child can enjoy the summer. Unfortunately, many kids miss out on summer camp in Toronto due to common myths about camp options and regulations. Read on below to learn more about five common myths and what to truly expect from summer camp.

It’s Too Late to Register

With summer quickly approaching, many parents feel that the deadline to register has passed. Never assume that registration is over. Kids can drop out last minute and spots open or registration is extended in order to fill the camp to capacity. In any case, be sure to contact the camp to see if any spots are open. You can even ask for your child to be considered first if a camper were to back out of registration. By contacting the camp directly, you know your options and can plan accordingly.

Camp is Expensive

Many parents feel that summer camp is just too expensive and not affordable. But this is not the case. Most camps are affordable for even the smallest budget, helping your child to attend summer camp, even if just for a half a day. Contact the camps you are interested in and find out about cost, if payment plans are offered or if there is a way to get a discount.

Busy Summer Months

While most parents think that summer is busy for day camp, August is actually a slow month. Parents can easily enroll kids during this month for summer camp or use it as an option for kids who are coming home from overnight camps. Children will be able to enjoy fun activities during the day and camp sizes are often smaller due to lower enrollment.

Only Older Kids Can Enroll

Contrary to popular belief, children of all ages can enroll in summer day camp. Depending on the camp provider, children usually have to be potty trained in order to take part. Look into what age groups are accepted by camp providers to see if your child qualifies. Starting your child off early will help them to become associated with camp and to make new friends.

Is Camp Safe?

Many parents worry about the safety of their child while away at camp. Summer day camps that are of the highest quality will hire only seasoned camp counselors, individuals who understand how to handle any situation, including individuals who are certified in CPR and other life-saving techniques. You can rest assured that camps such as those offered by Zodiac Day Camp provide counselors who are trained and can easily assist your child should an accident occur.

Contact our office today to see how Zodiac Day Camp can help your child have a fun and interesting summer. Camps are offered for all ages and include multiple activities insuring your child has an enjoyable time while away from home.

5 Helpful Items For Your Child to have with them at Summer Day Camp

When you enroll your child in summer day camp you can expect that they will have a great deal of fun. The summer months can be long as your child is used to going to school and staying busy. With summer day camp, your child has an option for activities for a few hours each day they go. By staying busy, your child is active and able to expend energy, which helps them to sleep at night and not be stir crazy at home! If this is the first time you have enrolled a child in day camp, you might be unsure as to what they need to bring for camp. While each camp is different, you will find the suggestions pretty universal when it comes to camp needs.

Lunch/Snacks

For most camps, lunch and snacks are not provided. You will need to check with the camp to see exactly what your child would need and what options or restrictions are in place for lunch/snacks. You want to avoid sending any foods that might be associated with allergies among other campers and send items that are considered appropriate based on camp standards.

Swimming Gear

If your child will be attending camp where swimming will take place, you want to be sure to send their swimming gear. This would include a swimsuit of course and a towel but you may also need to send earplugs, swim cap and goggles depending on your child and the camp. Be sure to find out what is required before camp.

Change of Clothes

Accidents tend to happen, especially when small children are involved. Be sure to send an extra set of clothes for your child, to be kept in a cubby or backpack, while your child is at camp. This way, if an accident occurs or they spill food on themselves during lunch, they have the ability to change clothes and remain comfortable for the remainder of the day.

Comfortable Shoes

Since it is the summer, you might be set on allowing your child to wear open toe shoes such as sandals and flip-flops to camp. This is not the best idea. You want your child to have comfortable shoes on so they can take part in fun activities like basketball, tag, etc.

Comfort Items

If you are sending a small child to camp, you might want to see if comfort items are allowed. Small children tend to lean on small stuffed animals or blankets for comfort. While away at day camp, it might be a good idea to bring such items, if allowed, so your child can begin to feel comfortable with the new environment while away from home.

Overall, you need to check with camp counselors or the director to see what is allowed at the camp your child is enrolled in. You want to be sure that your child is prepared and has what they need to enjoy a quality time at camp.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer only the best camp options from swimming programs to day camps. Contact our office today to see what camps we have available and register your child for a fun and exciting summer.

Benefits of Day Camp for Preschoolers

From the time a child is born, parents provide the ultimate care, love and protection. Once kids reach a certain age however, they benefit from being introduced to kids their own age and enjoy a little independence from mom and dad. Day camp for kids is a great way to give parents a break and allow small children to interact with kids their own age. Preschoolers can benefit greatly from attending day camp, from learning how to share to getting along with others. Read on about these many benefits below.

Time Away from Parents

To begin, summer day camp will provide children with time away from parents. The parents are able to take a break while the kids learn some independence. When kids are not separated from their parents, they may have a hard time going to primary school when the time comes. While day camp is not school, it gives children the experience of being away from home and the ability to adjust to new surroundings.

Sharing

Because kids are introduced to others their own age, they learn many valuable traits such as sharing. All children benefit from learning how to share be it during playtime or group activities. Children learn how to share with others which teaches compassion and friendship qualities.

Making New Friends

By attending summer camp, preschoolers are able to meet kids their own age and make new friends. Preschoolers learn how to interact with others, how to play together and how to get along. By learning how to get along with others at an early age, your preschooler will be better equipped to attend primary school and get along with classmates during school hours.

Self-Confidence

Many small children are often shy and have a hard time breaking out of their shell. With summer day camp, preschoolers learn how to socialize and have fun. Kids take part in group activities, sports, arts & crafts, drama,  and more which allow them to feel more comfortable as they try new things. Often times, it takes placing a child away from their parents and introducing them to a new environment for the child to be able to build independent self-confidence.

By trying new activities and earning praise, your child will feel more comfortable trying new things again and again. Your preschooler will also be influenced by friends in day camp who are willing to try new things. Many times, it takes seeing another child trying an activity for others to feel comfortable giving it a go.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer many preschool-aged programs that will be of benefit to your child in a variety of ways. By contacting our office, we can help you find the right summer program to help your child gain confidence, make friends and simply have a good time being a kid. Learn more by giving our office a call today!

Why Theme Days are important at Summer Day Camp

 

When your child is old enough to attend summer camp, you will find that each day offers new and exciting activities. Many kid camps in Toronto offer feature theme days so kids can express themselves even more and gain more camp spirit. Learn more about these theme days below and how they are beneficial to your children.

What Are Theme Days?

A theme day is a day that the camp has picked to represent something fun. It could be a colour theme, or a sport; basically anything. The goal is to make the day more fun and to encourage participation. Camp counselors will talk about the theme day leading up to the event and encourage campers to be creative in coming up with their own ideas. Theme days are just a fun way to keep campers involved and to promote creativity.

Dress-Up Day

As part of theme days, your child may be asked to dress up from time to time. Kids may be asked to wear certain colours or dress up like a character, food, etc. Camp counselors like to keep things exciting so theme days may be based on superhero’s or other categories that are exciting to children. Kids love to play dress-up and be creative. Plus, using their imagination helps the kids to gain more self-confidence in expressing themselves.

Camp Spirit

When everyone participates in dress-up and theme days, it helps to promote camp spirit. Sometimes kids can feel left out or sad about missing their parents while at camp. With these theme days and dress-up time, kids are able to feel a sense of teamwork with others and gain camp spirit. Children find theme days to be exciting at camp and enjoy taking part in the group activities.

Promoting camp spirit is done via themed days to create a sense of unity. When everyone is dressed in one colour or in a particular theme, it helps everyone feel as if they belong. Fun games and activities usually coincide with the theme day which helps to bring about even more camp spirit and unity to the day.

Many children are shy and may have trouble making friends. By helping them be excited about theme days and encouraging participation, you are helping your child to build self-confidence. On the next theme day, your child may be more willing to take part and be even more excited to create a fun costume. Encourage them to take part and see what happens as they begin to find new friends and feel more involved at camp.

At Zodiac Day Camp we offer theme days during summer camp to give kids something to look forward to and to promote creativity and imagination. By contacting our office, you can learn more about our camping programs and what type of themes we promote. Overall, we provide a fun and loving environment so your child is able to thrive and enjoy their time away from home, making friends and having a great time.

Easy Nutritious Lunch Ideas for Day Camp

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Going to summer camp means your child is set to have a great time, enjoying fun games and sports, making new friends and just enjoy being a kid. Whether your child goes to a summer day camp for a full or half day, you will most likely be providing lunch. When preparing your child’s lunch each day, you want to provide something nutritious but also stay within camp guidelines. Camps normally do not want children eating a ton of sugar or bringing any nut products as they may result in an allergic reaction for other kids. After a few days, you may run out of ideas for your kid’s lunch without them eating the same thing over and over. Below are a few nutritious lunch ideas that your kids are sure to love for summer camp.

Rev Up a Sandwich with Wrap Style

Instead of sending the standard turkey sandwich, choose a tortilla and create a fun wrap. You can use the plain flour tortillas or use a spinach wrap to add in extra vitamins and minerals. Use your child’s favourite sandwich meat and cheese, adding in veggies they enjoy as well for a full wrap. You can even cut the wrap into pinwheels so that they have bite-size pieces to enjoy. Add some fruit to the lunch and you have a full meal!

Meat and Cheese

Speaking of meat and cheese, why not pack your kids a little mix of their favourites. Take a few slices of sandwich meat, cheese cubes, pretzels and fruit and you have a nice tray of assorted items that your kids are sure to love. This can be done in a variety of ways so your child never gets tired of this meal idea.

Leftovers

When mornings are busy, leftovers are a great way to send a delicious and nutritious meal for your child to enjoy. After dinner, if there are leftovers, go ahead and pack them up and have it ready for the morning. This way, you can simply grab the meal and go!

Soup

If you have an older child in summer day camp, it can be quite nice to enjoy a cup of soup. Older children will be better capable of eating soup without making a mess and will be able to benefit from the vitamins and minerals included.

Following Camp Rules

Be sure to learn what rules the camp has on food items. You want to be sure that your child’s food can be heated if needed or send items that don’t require heating. You also want to learn about any allergies of children attending the camp, that way you won’t send food items that could harm them.

Alternatively, if your child’s camp provides a catered lunch option, let the camp take take away the hassle of meal planning and meal prep. Catered camp lunches provide a healthy and substantial food option ensuring kids get the nutrients they need. Many children’s catering companies are in nut free facilities and are conscious when catering to children with allergies.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we make it easy for you to pack nutritious lunches or to order the catered camp lunch, both of which your child can enjoy.  We are happy to provide more lunch tips!