On day one, make sure the four-year-old falls off the playground equipment. Be sure it leaves a nasty red mark on her side and a very painful blister on her hand between her thumb and first finger. When her mom picks her up, don’t bother to mention what happened. When the parent notices anyway and asks, be evasive. Instead tell the parent how shy the child was and how she didn’t interact with anyone else in the group.
On day two, discipline the entire group for the misbehavior of a small handful. Don’t bother to mention it to the parents, but wait for the child to tell the mother that she doesn’t get a treat the next day because they were all bad. When the parent comes over to ask you about it, be clear in saying that, no, her child wasn’t bad, in fact she was very very good, but that yes, the rest of the group was very very bad so everybody loses the gym play time the next day.
Okay, I know I’m being a bit harsh. But to say I’m not that impressed with the local community center’s day camp for preschoolers would be an understatement.
On the other hand, the day camps being done by Westminster have been fantastic. Chloe and Katie went last week and I was really impressed with their program. The girls loved it too. Maddie is going this week and is having a blast. Kudos to WCA for exceeding both my expectations and the local community center’s camp.