Are todays teens slower to grow up than their parents?

Are todays teens slower to grow up than their parents?

Mid-to-late teens and young adults are transitioning into adulthood at a much slower pace, and they are okay with it.

As a parent of teenagers, the research is corroborating what I have long observed.  Are todays teens slower to grow up than their parents?  As a member of a small group of friends at the same point in our lives, many of us have recent high school graduates living at home who are in no rush to venture forth into adulthood.

Our children, mine included all recently graduated from high school with good grades, did well in college placement exams, and even managed to be accepted to state colleges and universities.  Only one of us out of our group of six had a child that opted to leave home to go a university out of the area.

Within our small group of friends, school choice was not the only surprising observation to emerge at our recent get together.  Choices regarding driving, partying, and relationships was also unexpected.  None of the young adults living at home within our small group of friends wanted any of it.  Rather, they chose to remain close to home doing pretty much did in high school, go to school, hang out with friends, and work, if they had jobs.

Todays teens slower to grow up?

It turns out that we are not alone in our observation regarding the current generation of young adults.  Recent academic research is corroborating this trend.

Jean M. Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University recently looked at four decades of survey data about mid-to-late teens.  She found that members of this group are delaying the classic milestones of adulthood, mainly working, going out without their parents, driving, dating, and partying.  

“Today’s 18-year olds share the same behaviors as did 15-year olds in the late 1970s.” says Ms. Twenge.  Adding, that they are making these choices voluntarily, parents are not imposing this delayed independence.

Factors leading to the choice to grow up slowly

When asked for an explanation of these choices, Twenge says that the spread of smartphones is a factor.  Smartphones enable teens to socialize from the safety of their own homes.  They no longer have to leave home to be free of eavesdropping parents.  Typing on keyboards, Facetime and video can be done with in the safety of a small screen.   

todays kids are slower to grow upAccording to Twenge’s study, there are additional factors at play as well.  A declining rate of childbirth and advances in safety drive this process.  When parents have fewer children and expect them to reach adulthood, they expend more care upon them.

Ms. Twenge makes another observation in her study that few would argue with.  Children in their mid-to-late teens are completely unprepared for adulthood.  She adds, “this is not a good thing or a bad thing, the transition into adulthood is happening over a longer course of time”. 

While Ms. Twenge’s study is receiving a lot of attention, it is not without controversy.  Many experts are disputing the main points that the study makes. 

Living in a household where such a scenario is playing out, I think that Ms. Twenge’s conclusions have merit.  While my children are much closer to home than when I was at their age, I still see that teenage rebellion but manifested in different ways.  Rather than having to leave home to engage in my rebellion, today’s teens are able to do the same with technology and with their friends from the comfort and safety of their own homes. 

What do you think?  Do you observe today’s teens slower to grow up?

Ways to help your child transition into preschool

Ways to help your child transition into preschool

 

For some children, the anxiety of a new experience doesn’t dissipate with time.  Here are some ways to help your child transition into preschool.

Preschool offers children many benefits that remain with them for the rest of their lives.  A high quality preschool experience is designed to build a foundation for young children for future academic, emotional, and social success.

Preschool for many children is also the first time that they start to experience independence away from mom and dad.  As a result, entering a new preschool environment filled with unfamiliar teachers and kids can cause anticipation and anxiety in the child.  This in turn can cause the parents to question whether or not their child is ready for preschool.

What are some of the biggest challenges kids face in transitioning to preschool?

One of the biggest challenges for children starting preschool is saying goodbye to their parents.  For many children, it is their first time separating from mom and dad.  There are many others who have been separated from their parents before but never before in such a demanding situation.  This in turn can lead them to feel anxious.

Easing your child’s separation anxiety

Many young children will take their cues from their parents.  If a parent is feeling anxious about starting preschool and questioning their decisions, the child is likely to pick up this anxiety as well.  This anxiety is manifested in your child’s behavior in the form of outbursts or temper tantrums.

To help the child adjust, the parents need to convince themselves that starting preschool is the right decision.  Once accepted, there will likely be a subconscious change in the parent’s behavior that conveys confidence enabling the parent to provide the child with the reassurance they need to get over their anxiety.

Their separation anxiety should dissipate

As your child spends more time in preschool, the unfamiliar will become familiar.  They will find their way around their classroom and they should start developing new friendships.  As their transition takes place, their anxiety should dissipate and for many, they will start to look forward to going to school.

Things you can do if your child is still anxious.

If after a few weeks in school, your child is still feeling separation anxiety when going off to school, there are some things you can do to help them with their transition.  You can give your child a transitional object such as a favorite blanket or toy to carry in their backpack.  You can tell them that the toy or blanket is to serve as a reminder that mommy or daddy will be coming back.

You can also play a little game with your child to show them that mommy and daddy will be coming back.  Hide a favorite toy or blanket in a special place and ask them something along the lines of “you can’t see your toy or blanket, does that mean it is not there?”.  “Do you think it is still there?”  “Let’s go take a look”.  When your child finds the toy or blanket, tell them “even though you could not see the ball, it was still there, just like mommy and daddy when they go to work.”  You are reinforcing “object permanence,” a concept that comes earlier in their young life but can be threatened by the emotional challenge that separation represents.

Ways that preschool helps your child grow.

For some children, not only is preschool the first time that they experience something as individuals, it is also the first time they are going into a group setting where the teacher’s attention is shared between several students.  Learning to share a relationship with others is a lesson we all have to learn at some point in our young life.

Another way your child grows is when they have to learn to make friends, share things, take turns and control their impulses.  Many children are already learning these things when they start school.  Preschool presents them with opportunities to practice these new skills that they will carry forward the rest of their life.

Interacting with other children gives your child the opportunity to learn about other children’s feelings, empathy, and to discover the joy of being generous.

We have noticed that most young children love the daily routine of preschool.  They get excited about mastering their schedules.  They learn when nap time, recess, and playtime take place and they become thrilled with themselves.

Around this same age, fantasy play becomes stronger and their imagination becomes more elaborate when other children are around.  They benefit from being around other children in terms of language acquisition and even motor development.  Their self-esteem and confidence also increases as you see them take more risks on the playground such as by climbing up the slide.

Closing thoughts

If you have tried everything and your child is still exhibiting separation anxiety, talk to their teacher as well to find additional strategies to manage their transition into preschool.  Your child’s teacher is very experienced and dealing with separation anxiety is something that we have done for many years.  

Here at Fairmont Private School, we are committed to your child’s success in school and in life.  

Helping your Pre-School student process their first day of school

Helping your Pre-School student process their first day of school

Talking to your child about their feelings about school can quickly turn a negative experience into a positive one

Children in Fresno, Clovis, and Madera ranging in age from preschool through college are getting ready to start a new school year this week and the next.  While much has been written about how to prepare your child for the new school year, this post is intended to help you process school once they have started back.  Helping your pre-school student process their first day of school can quickly turn their negative experience into a positive one.

New experiences are by definition exciting, especially for a young child.  One of the most significant transitions in a young life is when a child starts pre-school.   For many of us, the significance and recollection of this event is something that we take with us into adulthood.

While for many of us, this transition is positive, for others, it can be traumatic.  The assistance of a parent or caretaker in processing through these feelings can be the difference between good and bad memories of school that impact how we perform in school into adulthood and beyond.

Helping your child process their first day of Pre-School

For most children, the prospect of new experiences and friendships are a positive and exciting development.  As parents, we can help our child process their anticipation and experiences by inquiring about their first day of school.  

Some questions that we can ask include:

  • What did you like best about pre-school?
  • Did you meet any new children?  If so, what are their names?
  • What did you learn?
  • What do you like best about school?

If the experience was a positive one for your child, use this conversation as an opportunity to affirm their experiences and to lavish praise upon them for navigating through their new experience and for wanting to learn new things.  In my experience, praise received as a child really goes a long way in helping a child to develop self-confidence and esteem as well as to being open to new experiences.

For some children, the first day of pre-school will not be a positive experience.  For these children, helping them process their feelings is critical in turning bad feelings into good ones.

If your child had a bad first day of school, ask them about the things that they did like about their first day of school including such things as new friends, their teacher, what they learned, and so forth.  It is also important to discuss about what part of their day was not a good experience.  Try to understand the nature of experience and recommend ways to help them going forward.  Showing an interest, listening, and helping to process feelings can quickly turn a negative experience into a positive one.  It is very important to affirm and validate their feelings and to understand the source of their anxiety and bad feelings.

Feel free to involve your child’s teacher in helping them process their experience.  Doing so, can convey to your child that there is a whole group of people behind them who care about them and is available to help them at school.  It is important for them to see that they have an advocate at school looking out for their best interests.

Your child’s well-being and development is of primary importance to us.  We are here to help you in any way needed to turn your child’s bad experiences into good ones.  We also hope that this blog post about helping your pre-school student process their first day of school was beneficial.

How To Prepare Your Child for Preschool

How To Prepare Your Child for Preschool

Steps you can take now to prepare your child for preschool

Many children throughout Fresno and Clovis will soon be embarking on one of the first big steps in their young life, starting preschool. For many, preschool is less than two months away.  Here are things you can do today to prepare your child for preschool, their first major life transition. 

While many parents are doing the obvious to prepare their child for preschool by working on the basic skills such as reading, playing and exploring, there are additional activities that can be added to the mix.  Additional activities include going on nature walks, working on puzzles and visiting the library.

Just as important as preparing your child intellectually for preschool is the need to prepare them emotionally.  Here are a few tips to help with the process of transitioning your child from home to preschool. 

Preparation before preschool starts

The following are activities you can start now, long before your child actually starts preschool.

Acting it out

.  Role playing or pretending is the way that many young children learn important life skills.  Use pretend play to prepare them for preschool.   Acting out such things as learning to hang up their backpacks, taking naps, working with others, taking turns, playing games, and using puppets are fun role playing activities you can play with your child.

Express and acknowledge feelings.  

It is natural for human beings to feel anxiety when preparing for a new experiences.  Your child starting preschool is no exception.  You can help your child by encouraging them to express their feelings.  Listen closely and acknowledge their fears.  Along with feelings of anxiety, you may notice changes in their behavior.  Children may regress in one area as they prepare for developmental growth in another.  With the proper support, the changes should be temporary for your child.

Work on self-help skills

.  The beginning of preschool marks a big period in your child’s young life when independence takes on a larger focus.  Help your child learn to master important basic tasks on their own such as using the restroom, washing their hands, cleaning up after themselves and putting their shoes and socks on.

Shift your schedule around.  

As your child goes through the first few weeks of preschool, make whatever changes are necessary in your routines to help the transition.  Make it a goal to create a calm and peaceful environment at home.  Limit media in your house as your child gets used to their new schedule and put them to bed at a reasonable hour.  It is also helpful to spend time outdoors, weather permitting and offer your child a healthy breakfast.  Developing predictable and consistent themes for your child in the first few weeks of school helps to make the transition to preschool happen quicker and all the more smoothly.

Preparing once your child starts preschool

There are additional things you can do to make your child’s transition into preschool all the smoother.

Visit the preschool

.  Visit your child’s classroom and meet their teacher a few days before school begins.    Show your child where the schedule is posted, talk about what to expect throughout the day and show them where they will store their backpack and personal things.  This is a great way to build excitement and anticipation for some children.

Get organized

.   As the first day of school quickly approaches, make sure your child has all the clothing that they need, backpacks and supplies.  This is also a great time to get your child excited about their new experience.  Set aside time to review all of paperwork sent home the first day of school.

Leaving your child the first day of school.

  Make sure your child arrives to school on time.  Most preschool classes structure the morning arrival time with fun activities which allow the children to meet and greet their friends.  It is important children have the opportunity to play before the class begins.  Arrival time activities help children transition to a busy day of preschool activities.   As you leave your child, offer words of encouragement and tell them how you will be back to pick them up in just a few hours.  Quick goodbyes are best.  

Stay involved

.  Some children develop independence quicker than others.  Keep in touch with their teacher to see if they are struggling to say goodbye to you.  Our teachers have a great deal of experience and will work with you to develop a plan to help your child.  Always tell your child that you are leaving and try to be prompt when picking up your child at the end of their day.

Your child’s experience in preschool helps to define the type of experience that they will have the rest of their academic career.  With a little planning and preparation, you can help the transition for your child be a positive, confidence-building experience that will shape them the rest of their lives.

Fairmont Private School Summer Camp 2017

We are looking forward to another epic Summer at the Fairmont Private School Summer Camp 2017

With Summer 2017 at our doorstep, we are preparing for an exciting, educational, and fun summer school class for Fairmont Private School of Fresno summer school students. Classes for students this year include:

  • Science and Nature
  • Math and Reading Enrichment
  • Sports Clinic
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games of Strategy
  • Cooking
  • Photography
  • Acting and Improvisation
  • Show Tunes and Dance

Fun and learning do not end in the classroom. Inspirational field trips are planned for students to continue learning in new environments.

special events at Fairmont Private SchoolField trips for 1st-5th Grades

Learning as a child takes place throughout childhood. The following field trips are scheduled for Fairmont Private School summer school students grades 1st through 5h:

  • Fresno Chaffee Zoo:  The zoo is a culminating activity for the Science and nature class.  Campers will utilize their knowledge to identify animals and habitats
  • Bowling at Fresno State:  We have reserved the Fresno State Bowling Alley for our campers.  We will practice our basic math skills by computing our scores and learn the sport of bowling,
  • Miniature Golf at Blackbeards:  Campers will practice their golf techniques and enjoy a delicious lunch at Blackbeards.
  • Children’s Theatre:  Campers will attend the performance of The Hunchback of Notre Dame as a culminating activity for our Acting and Show Tunes Classes.  They will enjoy a live performance and critique the show

Guest Speakers

In addition field trips, Fairmont Private School Summer School will have guest speakers to present at assemblies for all of the children. Guests include:

  • The Bubble Man: Uses bubbles to teach science concepts. Interactive activities involving giant bubbles.
  • Visiting Chef: Visiting chef will cook with the children.

SUMMER SCHOOL CLASSES

Classes at Fairmont Private School Summer School are designed to educate, entertain and enjoy. Summer classes include:

Science and Nature

Campers will engage in hands on activities to learn about Physical science concepts, animal habitats, and the wilderness.

Math and Reading Enrichment

Campers will explore their favorite children’s books.  Each book will be celebrated with special culmination activities involving cooking, art, and crafts.

Sports Clinic

Campers will learn the fundamentals to new sports and also have opportunities to enhance the sports they enjoy playing.  Sports will include group games and individual activities.

Arts and Crafts

Campers will explore the art process through paint, ceramics, printing, paper mache, chalk, drawing, and natural elements.

Games of Strategy

Campers will enhance their critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities through board game opportunities.  

Cooking

Campers will plan and prepare culinary delights.  The cooking experience will be enhanced through visits from local chefs.

Acting and Improvisation

For those campers that are natural born actors and actresses, they will have the opportunity to build their skills through improvisation activities, skits, costume design, and set building. The children will showcase their talents through a special presentation for their families and friends.

Show Tunes

For those Campers that love to sing and perform, they will learn popular songs and showcase their talents at a special performance for their families and friends.

children in field at Fairmont Private SchoolIn Closing

Many of our former student’s fondest memories are of Fairmont Private School Summer Camp. Classes are filling up fast so enroll now to secure your child’s spot today. You can also call (559) 226-2347 or schedule a tour today.

 

 

Big Things Are In Store This Summer At Fairmont Private School

Summer School 2017 is shaping up to be pretty epic at Fairmont Private School in Fresno

With Summer 2017 just around the corner, this will be Fairmont Private School’s 43rd summer program. For forty-three years, we have been providing a challenging, stimulating, fun and entertaining summer program to the children of Fresno, Clovis, and Madera.

Since the first summer in 1974, we have tried to better the previous year by giving our new students new adventures and experiences. This year, we are offering the following classes:

  • Science and Nature
  • Math and Reading Enrichment
  • Sports Clinic
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games of Strategy
  • Cooking
  • Photography
  • Show Tunes and Dance

At the end of the summer session, children who took the Show Tunes and Dance class in addition to the Acting class will be staging a performance for their parents and families.

In addition to exciting classroom activities, there are also have five field trips planned for students this summer session. They include:

  • The Zoo
  • Bowling
  • A meal at a restaurant
  • A trip to the Children’s Theatre
  • Miniature Golfing

We will be writing out our plans in greater detail for Summer 2017 in the coming weeks so please check back soon.

Sign up for Summer School 2017 at Fairmont Private School today to secure a spot for your child. Contact us or call at (559) 226-2347 with questions.

You can also schedule a tour of our campus if you are new to Fairmont.

 

 

Fairmont Private School, Family Built On Tradition

Our new motto that attempts to capture the essence of childhood memories of Fairmont

A motto is a short sentence or phrase chosen as capturing the beliefs or ideals guiding an individual, family or institution.

Fairmont Private School, Family built on traditionFairmont Private School Thanksgiving

This is our new logo that we are incorporating into all of our external communications.

We did not seek out a logo, rather it came to us after many conversation over the years with former students, many of who are parents and grandparents of current students.

The source of our motto

Fairmont Private School has been in the same location under the same ownership since 1974. As a result, we see the third generation of family members come through our doors. These people and their families are a very big part of who we are today.

In talking with many of them over the years, a recurring theme that comes up time and time again is the impact that relationships formed at Fairmont have had on their lives. There are many lifelong friendships that started here that endure to this day.   This is not limited to students from fifteen to twenty years ago but rather relationships that were formed in our earliest of days.

Fairmont Private School stories

Fairmont Private School kids playingOver the years, we have heard numerous stories from former students whose lives have been touched as a result of relationships formed at Fairmont. We speak to many of these former students when they drop off and pick up their children or grandchildren, students currently enrolled here at Fairmont.

The most common memories we hear about are of Holiday festivities such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Holiday programs we have held over the years seem to have had a big impact upon memories.

Another type of story that we hear about frequently about is how children were best friends here at Fairmont, go their own ways after graduation, and reunite later in life. These stories have been within the context of school, athletics, church and life. The recurring theme is how these people immediately recognize each other after many years and immediately reignite their friendships as though they never lost contact.

What is the source of these experiences?

Fairmont Private School, family built on traditionIn talking with others about these experiences, we find that they are unique especially when it comes to early memories of school. While we haven’t been able to nail down just what it is that creates these memories, the theme that comes up time and time is the unique family setting and traditions that have come to define what we do.

We have been moved by the stories we have heard and are honored to learn of the impact that we have had on the lives of so many of our former students.  We are humbled and thankful for being given the opportunity to play a role in the lives of your children and families.  

Contact us for more information, schedule a tour, or complete an application online.  Please feel free to call us at (559) 226-2347.

 

 

Fairmont Summer Camp 2016

An update on Fairmont Private School Summer Camp 2016

The Theme For Fairmont Summer Camp 2016, our 42nd Summer Camp is “A Unique Camp Experience”

Reading for EnjoymentSummer is a time when lifetime childhood memories are made. It is when we as children experience the Beach for the first time, a trip to a theme park, a family vacation, or a new experience.

Summer at Fairmont Private School has been a memory for more than three generations of children from the Fresno and Clovis areas as it has been a central part of our curriculum since 1974. During that time, our focus has been to provide our students with an intellectually stimulating, fun, learning environment that will prepare them for the year ahead.

Having successfully implemented over forty summer programs over the years, there are key fundamentals that have remained the same while new activities and events have been added to our program.

A Unique Camp Experience

Every year, we build a summer program around a theme. This year, it is “A Unique Camp Experience” where we will provide your child with exciting and fun daily activities that focuses on a Strategic Gamesfundamental skill that is essential for success later in life whether it be building upon their reading and math skills, social skills, how to use their imagination and creativity or any other assortment of essential life skills.

Summer camp at Fairmont is broken down into two sessions with session 1 taking place between June 14 and July 1 and session 2, starting July 5 and running through July 22, 2016. Camp hours are between 7:00 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening. We ensure that all of our campers have a positive experience with much of our Summer staff made up of Fairmont instructors.

Parent Feedback

016Every year, we strive to make our next Summer program better than the last. Parent feedback is very important to assess how we are doing because parent’s see and hear what their children are doing everyday.

Feedback we have received includes:

“We love the format of the camp. Fairmont Summer Camp offers the children academics and fun experiences.”

“My child looks forward to Fairmont Summer Camp each year.”

Summer Program Tracks

The Fairmont Summer program is made up of four different tracks, broken down by age and skill level including Toddler Summer Camp, Preschool Prep Academy Camp, Kindergarten Prep Academy Camp and 1st Through 5th Grade Camp. Each track consists of activities targeted at that specific age group with each track having its own unique goal.

Toddler Summer Camp

International CookingThe children are involved in active learning through the day. Activities will include climbing, dancing, creative dramatics, art, literature, language activities, snack time, and playtime. All children in the Toddler Summer Camp bring their own lunch and eat at 11:30 every day. Snacks are provided.

Preschool Prep Academy Camp

Preschool campers will enjoy a fun-filled morning of phonics, literature, math games, art studio, and ooey-gooey science fun.

Kindergarten Prep Academy Camp

Kindergarten campers will experience an exciting kindergarten curriculum designed to prepare children for kindergarten entrance in the fall.

1st Grade through 5th Grade Camp

Our first through fifth grade camp is a balance of academic enrichment, creative fun experiences, and field trips consisting of workshops that are designed to introduce campers to new activities as well as introduce curriculum learned during the school year. Workshops are enriching, purposeful and engaging, stressing teamwork and participation.

Activities and Schedules

Mad ScienceDaily activities and schedules for campers are broken down by days to ensure that they children are never bored and are learning new experiences. Our schedules across all four tracks are broken down as follows:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Schedule
• Science and Nature
• Math and Reading Enrichment
• Sports Clinic
• Arts and Crafts
• Games of Strategy
• Cooking

PuppetryTuesday and Thursday Schedule
• Creative Writing and Journalism
• Sports Clinic
• Acting and Improvisation
• Arts and Crafts
• Show Tunes and Dance
• Cooking

Summer has always been our favorite time of year here at Fairmont. While the time is short, it is rich in activities, experiences and fun.

Additional information about the Summer Program at Fairmont including applications are online. You can also contact us, call 266-2347, or schedule a tour to see our facilities.

We are excited about this summer and hope that your child can join us for a summer of fun, learning, and building friendships.

SB 277 -New Law for Immunizations

SB 277 affects every child enrolled in public or private school in California

On January 1, 2016, a controversial State law went into effect that affects every child enrolled in a California school. Passed on June 29, 2015 by the California Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 277. California Senate Bill SB 277 removes the personal vaccine exemption for children attending daycare, and public and private schools.

FM Immunizations SB 277Most families will not be affected by SB 277 because their children have received all of their required vaccinations. However, this law will affect those families who have chosen to delay or decline one or more vaccines for their children and want their children to receive a public or private school education. Opponents to SB 277 argue that it is a violation of freedom of choice and informed consent while others argue that it is a matter of public health.

Naturally, many parents are concerned about how SB 277 will affect them. Here is a summary of what SB 277 does and does not do:

SB 277 does:

Remove the personal belief exemptions from statue for government mandated vaccines required for children to attend public and private schools, day care centers, nurseries, and nursery schools.
Apply to state mandated vaccines for diphtheria, Hib, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis, Polio, Rubella, Tetanus, Hep B (except for 7th grade and up), Varicella and “any other disease deemed appropriate by the State of California”
Allow for a medical exemption and defines a medical exemption as follows: “If the parent or guardian files with the governing authority a written statement by a licensed physician to the affect that the physical condition of the child is as such, or medical circumstances relating the child as such, that immunization is not considered safe, indicating the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition or circumstances, including, but not limited to, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization, that child should be exempt from the requirements of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 120325, but
excluding Section 120380) and Sections 120400, 120405, 120410, and 120415 to the extent indicated by the physician’s statement.”

SB 277 does NOT:

Require home schooled students or students who do not receive classroom-based instruction to be vaccinated.
Prohibit a student who qualifies for an Individual Educational Program from accessing any special education and related services.

Why was SB 277 enacted?

The passage of SB 277 is in response to an outbreak of the Measles that primarily affected people who were not vaccinated.  In January 2015, the CDC reported 84 people from 14 states had contracted Measles.  59 of those cases were linked to an initial exposure in Disneyland.

Please contact us should you have any questions about how SB 277 pertains to your child at Fairmont Private School.

Choosing A Summer Program for your Child

2016 Summer Program information for Fairmont Private School

Now that the Holidays have passed and life has returned to normal, it is time to start planning summer activities for your child.  When life is busy as it is with young families, time passes very quickly.  As a result, now is the best time to start planning summer activities for your children.  The good programs will fill up quickly.  My hope is that ‘choosing a summer program for your child’ is helpful to you.

Throughout Fresno, Clovis, and Madera, there are many summer programs for your children to choose from.  The key is to select the right summer program that will challenge your child whileSummer school program in fresno
providing them with fun, educational and creative activities.

California Summer Matters Campaign

Summer Matters is the first-ever statewide campaign focused on creating and expanding access to high quality summer learning opportunities for all California students. Chaired by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and co-chaired by Jennifer Peck, Executive Director of Partnership for Children & Youth, the Summer Matters campaign is raising awareness about the devastating effects of summer learning loss and the beneficial impact of summer learning programs.

Summer learning has been found to be essential to a student’s Kindergarten through Sixth grade success as a way to minimize the loss of concepts learned throughout the year.  Learning loss has been found to have negative health impacts on children who are not exposed to summer educational programs.

What to look for when choosing a Summer Program for your Child

The task force making up California Summer Matters Campaign has created a check list of the characteristics that a quality summer program should exhibit.  The characteristics are as follows:

  1.  A Quality Summer Program should broaden youth horizons – Your program should expose your child to new adventures, skills and ideas such as a nature walk, a new computer program, a museum visit or a live performance.
  2. A Quality Summer Progam should include a wide variety of activities – Your program should include activities such as reading, writing, math, science, arts and public service projects.  These activities should be done in a way that is fun and engaging to your child.
  3. A Quality Summer Program should help children build mastery – Your child should be improving at doing something they enjoy and care about, such as creating a neighborhood garden, writing a healthy snacks cookbook or operating a robot.
  4. A quality summer program should foster cooperative learning – Your child should be working with their friends on team projects.  Such activities should include a neighborhood clean-up, group presentation, canned food drive or other group activity.
  5. A quality summer program should promote healthy habits – Your child should be provided with nutritious food, physical recreation and outdoor activities.
  6. A quality summer program should last at least one month – Your child should be given enough time to benefit from their summer learning program.  It is recommended that the minimum length of time be one month.

The list of characteristics just described is meant to be a guide to help you find the best summer program for your child.  If you can find a program with more activities, that is all the better.

The Fairmont Private School of Fresno Summer Program

Fairmont Private School of Fresno has been providing a summer program for the children of the communities of Fresno, Clovis and Madera for 42 years now.  Our program is broken down into Toddlers, Pre-school through Kindergarten, and First through Fifth grade.

Fairmont Private School Summer Program for Toddlers

The toddler program at Fairmont Private School is for children 18 to 30 months.  It takes place Monday through Friday and is broken into two sessions.  Session 1 is from June 14 through July 1 and Session 2 is from July 5 through July 22, 2016.  The toddler program involves children in active learning throughout the day.  Activities include dancing, climbing, creative dramatics, art, literature, language activities, snack time, and playtime.

The afternoon Toddler Program will have a daily nap routine and will also include special projects and creative plays.
Application for the Fairmont Private School summer program for toddlers, including a flyer is available online.

Fairmont Private School Summer Program for Pre-school through Kindergarten students

class at Fairmont Private School of Fresno during business hoursFairmont Private School Summer Program for Pre-school through Kindergarten students is broken down into two academies, the Preschool Prep Academy and Kindergarten Prep Academy.
The Pre-school Prep Academy has activities such as phonics in the morning, math games, art studio and science fun.  The Kindergarten Prep Academy is designed to prepare children for entrance into kindergarten in the fall.

Both the Pre-school and Kindergarten workshops enable children to choose one of two afternoon workshops.  Crafts and cooking explores different crafting projects and delicious recipes.  Nap time provides your child with a quiet supervised nap routine.  Children who wake early will join the Afternoon Crafts and Cooking class.
Application for the Fairmont Private School summer program for Pre-school through Kindergarten, including a flyer is available online.

Fairmont Private School Summer Program for first through fifth grade students

The Fairmont Private School summer program for First through Fifth graders is designed to provide your student with a stimulating and fun educational experience.  

The schedule for Monday-Wednesday-Friday activities includes:

  • Science and Nature (morning)
  • Math and Reading Enrichment (morning)
  • Sports Clinic (morning)
  • Arts and Crafts (afternoon)
  • Games of Strategy (afternoon)
  • Cooking (afternoon)

The schedule for Tuesdays-Thursdays includes:

  • Creative Writing and Journalism (morning)
  • Sports Clinic (morning)
  • Acting and Improvisation (morning)
  • Arts and Crafts (afternoon)
  • Show Tunes and Dance (afternoon)
  • Cooking (afternoon)

First through Fifth grade Flyer and application to the Fairmont Private School summer program for 1st through fifth grade students are available online.

Preschool through Kindergarten Flyer and application to the Fairmont Private School summer program for Pre-school through Kindergarten are available online.

Toddler Flyer and application to the Fairmont Private School summer program for Toddlers is available online.

We hope that this checklist was helpful in choosing a summer program for your child.  Fairmont Private School has been offering Children’s summer programs for the past 42 years.   Tours, emails and phone calls to (559) 226-2347 are always welcome.