If education is the transmission of civilization, then learning camp is its hot-pink paint job. Drive your kids to succeed with today’s Groupon: for $250, you get a one-week math, reading, and writing camp for a student in kindergarten through sixth grade at The Piedmont School in High Point (a $500 value).
The Piedmont School—an accredited nonprofit school that helps students achieve at their grade level—keeps kids excited about learning during five week-long learning fun camps. Tykes in kindergarten through sixth grade beef up their math, reading, and writing skills at two-hour sessions, learning how to multiply fractions, conjugate verbs, and translate the foreign-language chapters of their favorite instruction manuals. Combining individualized attention with collaborative activities, an attentive teacher helps each child excel in a group of up to 10 students of similar ages and abilities. Students get comfortable with technology as they solve puzzles and play learning games on iPads and SMART boards, then dig into old-fashioned paper and paste during hands-on projects. Whether writing plays for puppet shows or cracking codes for the FBI, learners can build friendships and self-confidence, which can help them stay motivated when they encounter obstacles during the school year.
The Piedmont School lets students learn with their eyes, ears, and fingertips, and it happily lends a patient ear and lesson plan to students with ADHD and other learning differences. Short lessons enable learners with short attention spans to absorb information, and the school's many mnemonic devices help children recite complex materials, such as phone books, from memory.