Thinking about what your kids will be doing this summer might seem like a long way off, but before we know it, school will be out and our kids will need something to do.

One activity for millions of kids is to attend a summer camp. Summer camps not only give kids something to do, but it also can help them learn a new skill, gain some independence and build their self-esteem.

To get a jump start on summer activities, here a few tips for choosing a summer camp according to KinderCare Learning Center:

- Establish family goals and interests: Ask your child about his or her interests. Discuss potential types of camps and identify the area or areas he or she is interested in.

- Identify your needs: Evaluate your schedule and needs. Consider the program’s ability to be flexible. Ask for a program’s definition of “full days.”

- Look for camps that have variety: Offer your child day-to-day variety. Look for programs that have a range of activities experiences and opportunities.

- Balance learning and fun: To keep your child from losing valuable information during the school year, find a program that incorporates learning activities in a fun way.

- Remember all domains of development: Look for a program that incorporates activities across all social, emotional, physical and intellectual domains.

- Insist on health and safety basics: Look for centers or programs that are licensed and meet stringent health and safety requirements for the care of children.

- Visit the program and preview the activity plans: Look for well-organized activities, thoughtful preparation, and a safe and inviting environment for your child.

- Meet the program staff - Meet the program manager and as many staff members as possible. Also ask about the program’s plans for including families and communicating with you about daily and weekly activities.

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Family Movie Night

“Jumanji: The Next Level”

Rated: PG-13

Length: 123 minutes

Synopsis: In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world’s most dangerous game.

- Matt Tolmach Productions

Book Report

“Now Hear This: Harper soars with her magic ears” by Valli Gideons, Harper Gideons

Grades: 2-6

Pages: 40

Synopsis: When a child is diagnosed with hearing loss, it is overwhelming. The future can feel uncertain and parents might worry whether or not their child will thrive. Harper’s real life story allows readers to follow her journey, providing both parents and children who are facing any kind of diagnosis a much-needed dose of encouragement.

- Gatekeeper Press

Did You Know

A piece of cake more than 4,000 years old was found in a tomb in Egypt.

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