Ah, the summer slide. Kids may be oblivious, but teachers and parents dread this loss of learning that can happen over the summer.
It would likely benefit every student to continue learning throughout the summer. But for unique learners, structured academic work during the summer is vital. Miriam Learning Center provides this opportunity through its Summer Fundamentals camps, offering both academic and social skills camps.
This year’s camps will follow a Disney/Pixar theme, and there will be plenty of fun! We’ll let you in on a little secret: Students may not even realize they’re learning.
Activities will include interactive and creative play, and campers will experience academic, sensory and enrichment opportunities that encourage academic and/or social progress during the summer months.
All of Miriam’s camp instructors are certified or licensed professionals who have many years of experience working with children who learn differently. “Children feel welcomed, because our staff totally understands them and celebrates each camper as a unique individual,” said Beth Rose, director of the Learning Center.
“Our summer camp groups are very small, and programming is tailored to each camper’s learning needs and style,” Beth said. “We are able to hone in on different academic areas that may be a struggle for a child, tap into each child’s learning style and really hit that area hard with interventions.”
Prior to camp, parents and instructors work together to determine academic or social focus areas, and instructors measure progress based on each child’s individual objectives. Last year, campers achieved 100 percent of their objectives.
The Learning Center offers need-based financial assistance for summer camp. Families with an adjusted gross income of less than $80,000 per year can qualify for assistance, as long as funds are available. Awards are provided to a maximum of $2,000 – an amount that allows some children to attend a full day of camp on a full scholarship. Miriam’s fundraising efforts ensure that services are equitable to all St. Louis area families.