My son has always been out going, but even still as he headed into his third year, I was worried he wouldn’t be prepared for preschool come the fall semester. While he is very social, he like many three year-olds had a hard time articulating his frustrations, sharing, sitting for longer periods of time, and I had no idea how he would do when it came to taking direction from people other than Mom & Dad.
Over the 16 weeks of camp I watched as my son blossomed into a good student. He learned to express when he didn’t like something instead of turning physical right away. He learned to talk about his day in detail, stringing together enough of a description for me to know what he had spent the past 3 hours doing. He learned to listen to his teachers, and respect his fellow students. While he is still far from perfect in any of these areas, without Camp Kidville at Tivoli Village in Las Vegas I personally believe he wouldn’t be able to sit and learn as well as he does in his preschool environment.
The 16 weeks of camp and lessons helped him to develop a love and excitement for the classroom. Days when he couldn’t go to camp, or now days when we don’t have preschool he cries and asks me if I can double check to see if the day is wrong. He can’t wait to go to class, and I know that is because of the positive learning environment that Camp Kidville provided for him all summer long. While the kids had amazingly fun days filled with art projects, gym time, science experiments, and music, the staff worked with the children to teach them how to settle into an activity, how to handle feelings, and how to express emotions. I couldn’t have asked for a more fun summer experience for my son.
As a parent, I certainly enjoyed the 16 weeks my son was in camp. Camp Kidville gave me many different gifts, but now that we are full into preschool I can tell you the best gift Kidville gave me as a parent was the knowledge that my son would enjoy his classroom, and the joy of seeing the excitement to learn and attend school.
I can tell you even a month later, every time we drive anywhere near Kidville, my son begs to go to camp. I plan on enrolling him in some classes this winter, and I know that he will have a great time at a great family location, facility, and resource for Las Vegas parents who want to give their children a head start on learning.
If you would rather hear from my three year old, check out this fun interview we did just after Camp Kidville came to a close!
Disclosure: I wrote this post as a Kidville Mom Ambassador.
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