If you are looking for an educational but fun way for your child to spend the summer, BSMART may have the answer for you.
The BSMART Development Centre offers summer activities for children aged four to 11 with plenty to keep them busy and entertained.
Founder Allison Figureido spoke to us about the BSMART summer fun camps for ages four to seven and the future physicians and adventure camps for ages seven to 11.
“I developed the Future Physicians and Adventure Sports Camp to help children explore the most important vessel that carries them everyday, the human body.
“I spent eight months developing, writing, and illustrating a children’s anatomy and physiology lab manual.
“Each participant receives one of our manuals and we spend some time each afternoon going through the various systems of the body.
Ms Figureido said the camps have guest speakers including a heart transplant recipient, an individual with vitiligo, an asthma sufferer, a dentist, a paediatrician and a narcotics dog demonstration.
For the fun camps, she said: “These wildly popular camps take place at our Reid Street facility.
“Our camps utilize many of the SMART activities that are used during our regular programmes, but they are delivered throughout the day, interspersed with fun group games, art projects, wall climbing, golf putting greens, speed stacking, roller racers, Ezy Roller bike tasks, glow in the dark work and thousands of other activities to keep children learning through fun and play.”
Ms Figureido said other activities include cup stacking to improve bilateral brain development, pegs and tweezers to strengthen the three pincer fingers and learning centres which include letter, number and sight recognition stations.
“Our SMART programme promotes the maximum development of the whole child through fun, innovative, and comprehensive brain-centred programmes that emphasize stimulating the brain and body to promote richer connections among the neurons.
“This stimulation helps to increase the capabilities for readiness skill development. Once these readiness skills are in place, children have the foundation necessary to succeed in school.
“Attention, acquisition, retention and production abilities of basic skills are increased.”
She continued: “These camps are also popular with parents as they see the benefits and value of having their children engage in these camps, which are not only fun for kids, but help to preclude the natural summer slide that many children experience over the summer months.”
Asked about the mix of students, Ms Figureido said she has children from both public and private schools.
“Children are children, no matter which school they attend and the chances are extremely great, as I’ve come to experience, that they may have teachers that are unfamiliar with the identification, interventions and modifications that can be implemented and utilized to help both the child and teacher to overcome frustration.”
Summer camps start the first week of July and run until the third week of August.
For more information, visit www.bsmartbermuda.com.