July 10, 2015
The penguins are coming! The penguins are coming! We hope you are planning to join us for our community movie night! There will be singing, dancing, eating, and, of course, the showing of Penguins of Madagascar! You and your family will have another opportunity to connect with counselors and camp friends for a night of family fun!
It is hard to believe that we are beginning the second half of camp. It has been exciting to see new friendships blossom and campers reaching out to make new connections. Campers are learning how to cooperate and problem solve, all while having fun! These skills will be useful in a variety of settings, including (don’t say it) the up and coming school year!
While the majority of our campers make friends easily, there are some campers who struggle. They don’t seem to “fit in” and have trouble relating to others. Don’t give up! One strategy to deal with this issue is to prepare your child for social situations by practicing conversation techniques with you at home. If your child is comfortable with responses to possible scenarios, he/she may be better equipped to deal with a real life situation.
Another means of practicing is to invite a potential friend to your home and set up a controlled situation. With you there to monitor, you can model appropriate behavior, and help your child to participate in activities that both children would enjoy. For more ideas, you might want to read the article, “Coping with Peer Problems and Teaching Friendship Skills”, by C. Webster-Stratton Ph.D. (www.incredibleyears.com/download/resources).
The staff at Green Acres is a group of dedicated and caring individuals who are here to help any way we can. It is our goal to help your child enjoy making choices, develop his/her creativity, make friends, and most important, have fun!
Green Acres; it’s the place to be!
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