Another summer draws to a close, and boy was it a busy one! From the beginning of July until the end of August, Focus Learning ran FocusKids camps in North York for campers ages 6-12, and we made it bigger and better than ever before!
We had so many courses on offer this year, all empowering our students with vital skills in STEM or language related subjects. While some of our campers were building robots, writing code or exploring the infinite possibilities of Minecraft, others were learning how to understand and communicate in a new language, advanced math concepts and presentation skills for public speaking. Needless to say, our presentations at the end of every week with what the students had accomplished in their classes were sensational each time!
Our camp day itself was split into two parts. For one half of the day, our students took classes taught by our team of terrific teachers in their chosen course; in the second half, they would participate in our GRAFT activities: Games, Reading Corner, Arts & Crafts, Fitness & Dance and Technology. These activities, created by our counsellors and staff, varied from week to week, so there was always something new for our campers to participate in, whether it was creating a craft, building a structure or playing games out in the park. It’s pretty obvious why these campers kept coming back every week: there was just so much to do!
All of this was made possible by our incredible staff, teaching and counsellor team, who kept every activity and class running flawlessly across all eight weeks of camp. Camp Director Cindy Wong was amazed at how “their passion and enthusiasm ensured the success of every student, while incorporating fun activities to ensure play-based learning”. Our goal is always to make learning fun and engaging, and with this team, the excitement from the kids about the learning they were doing was electric.
What matters most to our team though is that our students felt that they left camp with a sense of accomplishment and having learnt new skills which they can apply to their further education. As our founder, Shelly Zheng, puts it: “I always feel our work is paid off when I hear parents telling me what a difference we have made to their kids. They are amazed at how a week of academic day camp through Focus Learning can instill so much confidence. One boy in our FocusMath program who, after taking the course, made up his mind to do his math homework from now on; another girl, who was a non-English speaker and was very shy at the beginning of the week, gave an amazing presentation and wished she could stay at the camp forever!”
Luckily for her, and for any parents looking for programming for their children, our camps are only part off how we inspire, engage and empower inquisitive young minds! Throughout the school year, Focus Learning is running extra-curricular evening and weekend classes in a wide variety of subject areas. Rather than an intensive, one-week class, students can participate in classes year-round and develop their skills through our robust curriculum in each course. For more information on these classes, and to be the first to hear about our summer camps next year, visit www.focus-learning.ca, and follow us on Instagram: @focuslearning.
Thank you to all of our students, parents, teachers, counsellors, volunteers and staff for another amazing summer!