Homeschooling offers parents an opportunity to spend more time with their kids during their school-age years and it also allows them to control what information is being taught. Many parents prefer to do the teaching themselves to ensure that their kids are being challenged and taught the kind of lessons that will truly benefit them in life and allow them to grow in Christ.While homeschooling has many benefits there are also some drawbacks. For one, many parents find that it can be a little overwhelming to be solely responsible for your child’s education. Another common concern is that your child will be missing out on the social interaction and friendships that public school can provide.
By taking a break in the summer and sending your child to summer camp, homeschooling parents can have some time off and kids have a chance to be around children their own age and other positive role models.
There are a number of summer camps throughout the U.S. that encourage character building and spiritual growth, so concerned parents are able to find a place they feel will build on their homeschooling education.
It’s important to do the research and meet with the camp director to find a camp that aligns with your beliefs and will be a positive experience for your child. By finding a camp with strong Christian leaders, both in the camp’s administration and the counselors that work directly with the children on a daily basis, children have the opportunity to watch and learn from positive adult role models other than their parents.
Sending your child to summer camp also gives them confidence and builds their sense of independence, as they are able to solve any problems that come up on their own. They have the opportunity to try things that they’ve never done before–even things that might scare them, without their parents by their side.
The other important benefit of sending your child to summer camp is the experience of being around a lot of other kids that may be very different from themselves. Depending on the camp, they might meet kids from different States, different economic backgrounds, and different cultures. They see and learn that while there may be differences between them, they can still be friends and have things in common. Lessons like this can be difficult to teach children about without having them experience it first-hand.
Kanakuk Kamps is committed to developing dynamic Christian leaders by providing Christian summer camp experiences for children, teenagers and families. Located in Missouri and directed by president Joe White, Kanakuk Kamps offers sports, adventure and day camp experiences for campers of all ages.
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