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10 Summer Lessons to Sign Your Children Up For

When school ends for the summer, many parents opt to enroll their children in summer lessons or classes that will both keep them occupied and impart valuable skills. In most communities, the array of available classes is nearly endless; it can seem as if there’s a class for everything! If you’re looking for ways to keep your children engaged and away from the television during the summer break, here are 10 lessons you might want to consider for them.

  1. Swimming Lessons – Nothing says “summer” quite like a day at the pool, so swimming lessons are sure to be a hit with the kids. Most community centers offer classes ranging from toddler ages to adult, so there should be a class for kids of all ages.
  2. Sports Clinics – Budding athletes can hone their skills with a sports clinic, some of which may be sponsored by their school or available through community outreach programs. With a bit of research, you can find the sports clinics in your area.
  3. Science Programs – Many school-sponsored science clubs have summer programs that include field trips and educational activities that keep kids learning while they’re having a blast.
  4. Library-Sponsored Reading Workshops – Your local library probably runs several reading programs and classes throughout the summer; in larger cities, these programs even include mini-theater camps where kids act out their favorite stories.
  5. Religious Programs – Most places of worship host summer programs that are part day-camp, part religious instruction. If you’d like for your kids to spend their summer learning more about their religion, these classes are sure to be a hit with both you and your children.
  6. Arts and Crafts Lessons – From community centers to art-supply stores, there are several places that could potentially run summer instructional programs for kids interested in arts and crafts.
  7. Horseback Riding Classes – Though devoted budding equestrians and equestriennes typically attend classes for most of the year, more casual horse fans might be better suited to classes that take place during summer vacation, when the weather is ideal for outdoor pursuits.
  8. Music Lessons – Starting your kids off in music lessons during the summer will give them time to get a grasp on the basics before school starts, where they could sign up for band or orchestra classes during school hours.
  9. Dance Classes – Kids that are already enrolled in dance classes might enjoy adding a few lessons a week to their summer schedule, while beginners have the opportunity to focus on their new skills before having to reduce the number of classes they take during the school year.
  10. Martial Arts Classes – Though many parents equate martial arts with violent behavior, the ethos of most martial arts classes forbids aggression and focuses on building coordination and strength. During the summer, martial arts classes can give your kids the chance to be physically active and even become more disciplined in the process.

A bit of research on the local level and a long talk with your kids about what classes they’re interested in taking will give you a strong idea about where to start. Your local YMCA or other community center can be a wealth of information about the offerings in your city, but online local classifieds and parenting groups can also be helpful.

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