Summer is now official. Even though we are still enjoying the cold weather in Lipa City, summer is approaching undeniably. Students will soon lock their notebooks and forget waking up early to attend a 7:20 flag ceremony. Parents even get excited because they already paid all school fees. Also, the tasking math tutorial will bid farewell for now.
But new concerns are coming up like where to spend family vacation. The big question today is how to spend the summer break with exciting and worthy activities for the family. There are hundreds of options around. And there are individuals and organizations who offer a summer program and workshops for everyone to enjoy.
Then, if you already booked a resort for your holy week vacation you better reserve some slots for your kids’ summer adventure. I have prepared a short checklist for parents on how to choose the best program for your children.
INTEREST Know your child’s interest. Do not enroll her to a cooking class if your daughter wanted
to do jetes in ballet. School has been very tiring for them for 10 months. So why not give them the freedom to choose a program where they can really enjoy their summer.
FACILITY Fly-by-night organizations will conduct workshops and fly away with your money.
Choose organizers who have been doing workshop for years. Check their portfolios; do they have a registered company name and or at least a decent office for you to lay down your concerns?
OUTPUT With regard to workshop programming, credible teachers are concerned with
measurable learning output. Do not be blinded by one-shot mall popularity or a day of sports competition. For example, a dance program should not only end on recital. Students deserve more than that, they should be given proper guidance and career option if they wanted to do dancing all their life. A novice dance teacher cannot do that, it takes an established school or a dance director who is knowledgeable in the industry. Now, if your child just want to attend one shot dance lesson, then it might not be his or her interest. So you let them explore.
WORKSHOP PROGRAMMING It is like choosing the best school for your children. Try to conduct a
little research on the facilitator and/ or organizer. It takes credibility to teach. Do not let your child be handled by inexperienced hands. Many workshop organizers are claiming they can teach dance or ramp modeling but with little training, or conduct a sports clinic without certificates. Mind your investments to your child, your money worth, and the time your kids will spend should not go into waste. Inquire on the workshop modules and you can start making decision from there.
Here is a list of some institutions and organizations that will be conducting summer workshops with good and credible programming;
Canossa Academy They have summer workshop for their students under the Gifted & Talented
Education Program in the field of Arts, Sports and Academics
De La Salle Lipa Every year they are conducting workshops in performing arts, sports and other
Lipa Actors Company Dubbed as the sole community based theater organization in Lipa City, they
have a yearly summer workshop audition on their Actors Apprenticeship Program. And this year they will host an interdisciplinary arts festival I believe the community will enjoy.
Lipa Ballet School This year they will offer Theater Arts as part of their dance curriculum. Also a
Taekwando Program took place in their studio year round.
Madz Dance Academy Also one of the pioneering dance school in Lipa, this school offers ballet and
modern dance lessons
Digital Journalist : Jose Salvador