Friday, July 31, 2009

My How Time Flies

In a matter of weeks it will be time - for school!

I know.

I don't mean to throw a damper on the last few days of carefree summer relaxation. But for parents with school age children, no date seems to be far enough away to not sneak upon them. And besides, whether school starts in mid-August or September, education demands are such that school never seems to end anyway. Summer reading assignments, summer school and all manner of prep courses and camps seem to interfere with summer fun. But that's the world we live in now and of course those who fail to adjust to the new reality get left behind. The danger of going back to school having 'forgotten' where you left off has consequences far beyond having homework the first day of class.

This is why programs that help keep young people in 'learning mode' are growing increasingly more important. We try and do that at Central Dallas Ministries with our University of Values Summer Program. But there are others who have ingenious programs which try to make sure that kids don't 'forget' school on summer vacation.

Here's an example of one of those programs.

The challenge of making sure that kids don't fall behind means that adults have to start planning even earlier for vacation - or is vacation even the right word anymore?!


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