Being a young child with diabetes really alters your life. In addition to the daily testing/shots/worry, frequently the children don't want their friends to know because they don't want to be different. The parents are concerned about having other caregivers because of the potential consequences if the care isn't managed properly. It's so hard for the parents to give their child the freedoms that they crave.
This summer there is a way to solve these problems. There's a camp being held in Boone, IA for two weeks this summer just for children who have diabetes. They can go away from home for a week and no one has to worry about whether or not they'll be okay. Best of all, it's a place where kids with diabetes get to be like everybody else!
The camp is being held at the YMCA camp in Boone and will offer swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, rappelling, archery and more. The staff will be made up of experienced counselors and expert medical staff. Financial aid is available.
Camp weeks are held from June 21-July4 for 5-17 year olds.
If you, or someone you know, has a child with diabetes, please check out this site for more information: www.camphertkohollow.com or call 888-437-8652
This summer is set to be one of the longest our kids have ever had, due to the Governor upholding the Iowa code. While this is overall a very positive thing, many moms and teachers are concerned about the "Summer Slide"--the loss of educational skills over the long break. While many of our local organizations offer terrific summer camps, there are so many ways that you can continue or support your children's learning over the summer break. Here are just a few...
*Taking a trip? Involve your child in planning by visiting the local library. Have them check out and read books about your destination. Grab the atlas and have them chart different routes, comparing the time and mileage. Have them make a project that relates to the area you'll be visiting. Visit a free online site like spellingcity.com and create word lists for them that encompass travel or destination words. Make them puzzles they can complete while traveling at a site like puzzle-maker.com. Don't allow them to spend the entire travel time watching movies or playing apps. Put together a travel "busy book". Get a hard three-ring binder in their favorite colors and fill it full of blank paper for coloring and drawing, a state map so they can mark off the license plates they find, lined paper for writing to friends and family, coloring pages, workbook pages (mathopolis, mathisfun, phonics worksheets, spelling worksheets, edhelper), and a binder pencil pouch with crayons, mechanical pencils, and pens (if your kids are old enough not to write on their seats). Encourage each child to pack a bag with fun road activities. Hit your local Target dollar section for some fun new travel books and toys (we just picked up Travel Bingo and magnetic games for $1 each) Revisit "old school" travel games like "My Father Owns a Grocery Store" "20 Questions", and "I'm Thinking of an Animal..."
*Staying closer to home? As you're running errands or driving around town, challenge your kids to sign or license plate races. Everyone has to add up (or multiply, subtract, divide--wherever they are in their skills) the numbers they see and gets a point for each correct answer. Have them help plan and shop for meals. Teach them about researching new recipes, budgeting for food, using math to cook...It's quality time, educational time, and a time to build up life skills. Visit your library and plan a dream vacation. Better yet, request travel guides online and let them cut them up to make postcards and posters about places they'd like to visit someday. Search for some printable activities like this Zoo Animal Report and make your everyday activities educational. Start summer off right with a planning party. Get your favorite treat and visit a site like iMom.com to download a cute calendar JUST for your summer fun. Then, hit our activity pages and fill it with fun, inexpensive things to do.
*Set up a "Super Summer Challenge" for your children. Choose some areas in which your child needs more help and offer the largest point values for those. Struggling reader? They get high points for reading new books. Math-a-phobe? Higher points for online math lessons. Brainstorm fun activities that your child wouldn't normally think of trying and add them to the challenge. Visit the website and some blogs for even more ideas on how to create your own SSC.
*Start free accounts with some educational websites like Khan Academy, Codecademy, Seterra, Cool Math, Teach Your Monster to Read, Spelling City, and turn their computer/video time into worthwhile learning time. Visit your local library's computer games section and grab some of the hundreds of educational games they offer. (Bettendorf has an outstanding selection!) They can learn map skills, reading, typing, geography, math...you name it. Try replacing some video game apps with some from this list and let them enhance their school skills.
*Challenge your family to stretch their normal reading time to include biographies, autobiographies, historical novels, science fiction...the genres that aren't the "normal" choices. Need some suggestions? Check out Common Sense Media or Reading Rockets for some ideas and reviews. Think back to your favorite books when you were a kid. Chances are, your kids haven't ever read them and would enjoy them just as much.
*Look into summer tutoring from places like Mathnasium (563) 424-1469 or Tutor|Doctor (563) 468-3763 if your child has additional educational needs.
Don't despair about this long summer, moms. ENJOY it! Take a little time now to plan some summer fun, and those weeks will fly by. Remember, you don't have to SPEND a lot to have a LOT of fun with your kiddos!
The employment process has certainly changed since I was a teen looking for work. Though there are many opportunities available to today's teens, sometimes FINDING those opportunities is challenging. Here are some local tools that might help...
Blackhawk College has a Career Services Center that's open to the public (you don't need to be a BHC student)! Their staff will help your teen with guided job searches and printed resumes--for free--and no appointment is necessary. The office is located at Blackhawk College Quad City Campus in Building One.
QCSTEP.com is a local website with job hunting podcasts and videos. They also provide a link for job leads (updated weekly during the school year). Their current start post is all about the importance of volunteering and how to find volunteer work. It's a great site for teens to bookmark as they start their search.
Goodwill also sponsors a center to help people create and print their resumes and search for jobs online, as well as occasional career fairs. The Helms Career Center is located at 4805 22nd Avenue, Moline and is open from 9:30-6 Monday-Friday.
Another resource available to many QC teens is called Career Cruising Quad Cities (CCQC). This is an online program to help teens find out what kind different careers entail, as well as their aptitude for certain types of work. Many Illinois and a few Iowa (Davenport and Pleasant Valley Jr/Sr highs) schools participate in this program through Junior Achievement. To find out if your child's school participates, click here. If they do, your child can request a login from their school and can use the program from any computer.
Give your teens their best start with career planning by utilizing the above mentioned resources. I'd love to hear any "real-life" feedback about these services. Email me at FYIQuadCities@gmail.com if you've had experience with these, or any other, local job training
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