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How to make the Most of your child's Summer Camp

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Summer camps for kids aren’t just enormous. The camp experience is widely recognized by child development professionals as valuable in helping children mature socially, emotionally, intellectually, morally, and physically.

These informal summer camp schools are a special place to learn. Kids who find it difficult to learn in a formal setting will often succeed at camp during outdoor children’s activities.

Michael Popkin Ph.D., a family therapist and founder of Active Parenting observes that the building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. He says, “Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school.”

Other noted child development experts have also cited summer camps as being a valuable resource for giving children a sense of belonging to a community of their own. This position is supported and promoted by the American Camp Association, which believes that the critically important sense of community for children is rooted in enabling and empowering children to be belonging, cooperating, contributing, and caring citizens.

 

Outside the classroom

broaden-your-childs-horizons3In recent years, summer camps have emphasised what leaders in the field of child development have been saying about the needs of children today: Summer shcool and group living in a natural environment create young communities that provide for successful, healthy development and a place where having fun is part of the daily lesson. In such a stimulating and structured environment, children interact with positive role models who have time to listen, talk, relax, and reflect. They learn to work together, make choices, take responsibility, develop creative skills, build independence and self-reliance, and gain confidence. All are necessary steps on a child’s path to a healthy, productive life.

Personal growth also comes through being away from parents and the security-blanket of home.

Getting physical

When learning outdoors, kids quickly become aware of their physical prowess and their ability to challenge themselves in various ways. They become strong quickly, moving around all day at camp, and are active from the moment they get out of bed.

The problem

Urban kids are increasingly detached from the wonders of nature. Spending time in a natural environment is vital for health. Kids today cooped-up in cities are not developing their senses, hampering their perception of sights and sounds and smells. Getting outside is one of the best ways to help them on the inside.

During summer time, children speak almost exclusively in their native language and remain relatively isolated from English. Pingu’s English Camp was set up to help: the goal for its summer program is to place kids in situations where they can put the English learned in Pingu’s English school into practice.

Pingu’s English Camp

Pingu’s English Camp harnesses all the best aspects of outdoor schooling to create one of the most memorable and significant experiences for children of wide-ranging abilities. Summer camp provides opportunities for young people to adapt and grow social and emotionally in a safe and caring environment, learning how to cope with separation and operate successfully and happily without depending on their parents.

Pingu’s English summer camp does so much more than teach English in a fun way. It helps them develop vital skills to socialize with their peers.

The success of Pingu’s English programme is through realising that when children enjoy themselves in an engaging environment, being around peers and doing activities where they are constantly required to speak, they become more confident in school after so much practice in many activities.

What’s most important, and the true value of any school experience, is what children learn. To make the most out of our child’s summer, can we afford to dismiss the value of that experience just because it’s fun?

For enquiries about summer camps, please contact one of our 20 centers worldwide

For all enquiries, please write to

Debora Mondella, International Brand Manager, Linguaphone Group

debora.mondella@linguaphonegroup.com

 

Notes to editors:

  • The Linguaphone Group is a world-leading provider of language training solutions, operating under the internationally recognised Linguaphone, Direct English and Pingu’s English brand names. With over 110 years of experience, the Group has an extensive network of licensed partners across Asia, Europe, the Middle-East and Africa. The Group has also helped millions of people learn a new language through their wide-ranging portfolio of self-study products sold in over 60 countries. For more information, visitwww.linguaphonegroup.com
  • Pingu’s English offers an array of creative learning activities and exercises using high quality, multimedia materials and teaching resources for early education. Each student will take advantage of DVDs, study books, song and story books with CDs plus interactive online learning materials developed by leading English language and child education specialists. Students will also use an activity pack which includes supplementary materials such as character figurines, coloring materials and friezes. There are also extensive teaching resources to assist teachers with each child’s learning and development.
  • About HIT Entertainment. HIT Entertainment is one of the world’s leading children’s entertainment producers and rights owners. HIT Entertainment is a division of Fisher-Price. HIT’s portfolio includes properties, such as Thomas & Friends, Barney, Bob the Builder,Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina, Mike the Knight, Pingu and Rainbow Magic. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing, digital media, and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com.
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Testimonials

Our students are very enthusiastic in studying at Pingu’s English. They always tell us how much fun and how much they learn here. Parents also keep saying how proud they are with the knowledge and improvements their children are making.

Willian Veloso Rocha

Pingu’s English Franchisee in State of São Paulo

Brazil is a huge Market and the preschool english education industry is growing very fast. All our franchisees are happy with the Pingu’s English methodology as well as the operational manuals Liguaphone offers to Unit Licensees. They feel very well assisted.

Ronaldo Vieira

Master Franchisee in State of Sao Paulo

I have being running my own school for 15 years. When I met Pingu’s English, it was love at first sight. Now I am offering the best English Course avaiable to my students and they are loving it as well as their parents. Thank you Pingu’s English!

Giedre Paula

Pingu’s English Franchisee in State of Mato Grosso do Sul

From our first training session in London 2009- from the academic side to customer service -we felt confident and well equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful Pingu’s English Master Licensees” At the moment, our services to all 23 networked schools across the country are effectively and efficiently backed by Pingu’s English.  No doubt that we see no limit to expand our business to cover 30,000+ schools in the near future!

Nipat Ungpakornkaew

Master Licence Thailand

Our Experience with Pingu’s English has been profitable and positive from the first year. We relied on their professionalism and heritage, their staff is always prompt to assist with the latest trends and ideas on the market. We were looking for a brand who can guarantee us quality and a solid method but at the same time would leave us the freedom and flexibility in order to succeed in our challenging and competitive market like the Italian one. We built Pingu’s English project in Italy by mixing their huge international experience in the English training with our knowledge of the Italian market. All this enabled us to do the right decision for our winning investment. Today we have over 40 Pingu’s English centres and thousands of happy children learning English

Daniele Arboit

Master Franchisee in Italy

We at the British Chamber of Commerce worked with Linguaphone Group to find them a new in-market partner for the Korean market. Throughout the engagement we had with Linguaphone Group, we found them to be passionate about education, supremely professional in their approach to business and both responsive and personable in their interactions with ourselves and Korean partners. Korean investors were attracted to the best-in-class program which Linguaphone Group offers, the strong reputation of the company and the heritage with which it is associated. These are qualities that resonate globally.

British Chamber Korea

 Sean Blakeley, BCCK CEO

Pingu’s English School is not just a school; it is as a second home for my kid. I like it when I see my kid growing and learning in a friendly and safe atmosphere. Most of all, I can see a lot of improvement in his English listening and speaking skills

Piyatida Tudteam

Student's Mother

We love Pingu’s English School because the school gives my son the opportunity to learn and develop different skills, especially English skills. He is excited every time to go to school and is always happy when he comes home.

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Student's Mother

Regarding the teaching method they use a figurative storytelling way of starting the lesson,  trying hard to involve the child and make the them curious about the situation. Tom is very happy to go to Pingu’s English because he perceives the School as a playful moment and not just as a learning moment while at the same time he is learning a new language

Veronica

Students Mother

Now she is studying at Pingu’s English School, my daughter only wants to talk to me in English and she is always singing the songs.

Cristiane Doimo

Students mother

I knew about Pingu’s English School through a friend. After research about the school, I decided to enroll my daughter and it was one of the best things I could do to her. She loves studying at Pingu’s English and she cannot wait to the day of the class. I also love Pingu's English School, because there she learns by playing and I can see her progress day by day.

Léia Rodrigues

Students mother

Abbas always tells me that Pingu's English is the most fun he has all day. I am very glad that this place makes him feel that way and noticeably develop his language skills too

Ali

Students Father

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