In just a week, summer vacation in the Philippines will once again commence (for some, it started already). As parents, I am sure you find yourselves asking how to keep your child active this summer. We all know that enrolling our children in summer programs is not only to keep them busy but also to inculcate productivity and enrichment.
So moms and dads, what summer programs do you want your children to have? Do you have any ideas? If you ask me, I suggest, if budget allows, to let your children avail of summer programs that are geared towards the development of the entirety of their well-being. That means… summer programs that will help develop the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of your child. Of course, there is no one program that has it all. So, let me suggest a few ideas on how to keep your child active this summer by helping you pick out engaging programs.
- Physical Development
This one is easy. We all know that most summer programs that are available since time immemorial are more on physical development. There are a lot of sports camps or lessons available during summer. You can choose from different sports available such as basketball, tennis, and of course, the summer favorite, swimming. Each of these programs can contribute to the physical development of your child. It all increases stamina as well as keeping your child away from computers and gadgets. Summer programs related to sports usually runs for a few weeks and meets once, twice or thrice a week.
Last summer, my two eldest children learned aikido. They meet thrice a week. They enjoyed their time there. This summer they want to go swimming.
- Mental Development
Before, students taking summer classes are automatically stereotyped as academically delayed or challenged. People think that your child is having difficulties learning if they take summer classes or even tutorials during school days. But today, it is very much different. Students with their parent’s support take the time to get ahead in the game.
While I was teaching in Vietnam back in 2015, I realized that most students there take an afterschool class to learn more in subjects like Mathematics and English. Parents work very hard to afford these classes for their children. They believe that these afterschool classes can help their children get ahead in this competitive world. Countries like Japan and South Korea are also doing afterschool classes.
Here in the Philippines, afterschool classes are already happening. Though we don’t have a lot of learning institutions that provide afterschool classes on various subjects, but there are institutions like S.A.M. or Seriously Addictive Mathematics that provides afterschool classes or summer programs that teach Mathematics using a curriculum that is primarily modeled after the Singapore Mathematics program. Educational summer programs like this run for a few weeks and may be continued after summer.
But before we move on, let me tell you more about S.A.M. as they will be having a summer program that you might want to consider. Let me answer just three questions: why Singapore Mathematics, why S.A.M. or Seriously Addictive Mathematics, and what makes S.A.M. unique.
Why Singapore Mathematics?
I am sure most of you parents have heard about Singapore Math and how it is getting popular with teachers and schools here in the Philippines. Well, to provide you with a little background. Singapore (the country’s Ministry of Education) developed a curriculum in Mathematics that teaches concepts and skills that enhance a child’s confidence in Math. They have been using this approach for years.
They became popular when the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) released test scores showing Singapore at the top of the world three times in fourth and eighth-grade Mathematics. Since then, the US, who coined the word “Singapore Math,” started adopting this curriculum for early childhood learning. Other countries such as Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom are adopting the curriculum as well.
For short, Singapore Math has been proven effective internationally. More and more countries are adopting it to ensure that their students (a.k.a. the future of their country’s tomorrow) will be solidly founded in Math.
Being a Math teacher, I appreciate the Singapore Math curriculum. If this was taught to me when I was younger, I bet I would have loved Math earlier. I only came to appreciate Math when I was in my 4th year in high school.
You may think that S.A.M. or Seriously Addictive Mathematics is just another institution or tutorial services but they are certainly not. They are very different from other Math centers. S.A.M.’s key objective in teaching Singapore Math is to help your child develop good thinking skills to solve problems. It is a continuous and complete Math enrichment program designed for students aging from 4 to 12 years old.
The S.A.M approach instills discipline, responsibility, and independent learning within your child. These life skills will benefit your child not only with Math but also in other school subjects as well. Learning with S.A.M. is fun and visually rich.
What makes Seriously Addictive Mathematics (S.A.M.) unique?
First and foremost, they DO NOT teach memorization through answering repetitive worksheets but they will help your child understand the fundamental concepts in solving Math problems and equations.
Second, they help build your child’s mathematical skills such as learning how to measure, analyze data, quantify things to name a few.
Third, they help your child understand the process of solving Math equations via applications and modeling and developing thinking skills and Heuristics (strategies to solve the problem when the solution is not obvious – this includes diagraming, making guesses through trial and error, acting it out, and reasoning).
Lastly, they are taught to make a connection and cultivate the ability to communicate how they answer.
By the way, please take note that the program is designed to fit whatever Math curriculum your child school is using.
To know more about Singapore Math or S.A.M., check out their website at http://seriouslyaddictivemaths.com.ph or call them at 0977-823-9910 today!
- Spiritual Development
I respect that everyone has a different take on this. But whatever religion you practice, I suggest you inquire if there are summer programs available at your local church. There are summer programs that allow children to learn the Word of God that teaches admirable virtues.
In our local church, we have a yearly “Vacation Bible School” or VBS. They learn about God through Bible stories, games, and crafts. It runs for a week.
As summer is nearly approaching, it is high time to call and inquire about the summer programs you and your child might be interested it. Knowing the schedules and prices on hand can help you set aside a budget and schedule the activities your kids will have this summer.
In a span of two months, with all these summer programs, your child will level up into a more well-rounded individual ready to get ahead in the world!