On the Horizon – 07/12/2011

Horizons Developmental Remediation Center

On the Horizon
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Welcome to “On the Horizon”

Issue 157: Beating the Summer Blues

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In This Issue

A Note from Nicole: Summer Camp Off to a Great Start

Idea of the Week:  Outdoor Canvas

Feature Article: Beating the Summer Blues, Part 1

The Horizons Team Recommends: Do Something Daily Calendar

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A Note From Nicole
Nicole Beurkens

Hi Everyone,

It’s a busy week around here as our first week of summer camp is in full swing.  We are enjoying seeing the campers we already know, and meeting new campers as well.  The periodic thunderstorms have provided lots of great opportunities for being flexible thinkers and problem solvers!  We will get some photos up on the website soon so you can all share in the fun with us.

Summer can be fun, but it’s easy for kids to become restless and bored (or at least to complain about being bored).  Courtney’s article this week provides some great ideas for making variations to common routines and activities.  Have some fun putting new twists on familiar things and build flexibility at the same time.

Enjoy your week!

Looking to the horizon,

Idea of the Week

Outdoor Canvas

CanvasHang an old sheet on the clothesline or tape a large sheet of paper to a fence to paint on.  Try painting with different objects that you might find outdoors like a stick, leaves, grass, etc.  See what kind of painting you can come up with when you are inspired from being outdoors.

Feature Article

Get rid of the summertime blues!Beating the Summer Blues, Part 1: Simple Variations to Summer Routines

By: Courtney Kowalczyk, M.Ed.

School has been dismissed now for a couple of weeks, and families may start becoming restless with the lackadaisical days of summer.  For many families, this is the time of year to unwind from the business of the school year and enjoy each other’s company.  But for other families this time of the year can become very stressful, not knowing what to do with the kids while they are home from school.

Some of you may be feeling overwhelmed by what you can do with your children each and every day during the summer months.  Here are a few simple strategies and variations that you can add to your day to make it fresh and new for everyone at home.

Switch your daily meals around.  You could have lunch foods during breakfast time, dinner foods for lunch, and breakfast foods for dinner.  This would be a fun variation on the typical meals of the day that everyone can enjoy.  Be sure to have your kids help with the planning and preparation!

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