The Perfect Summer Outlet for Your Dramatic (or Shy) Child!
Did you know that a drama class can benefit an outgoing child as much as it can a shy child? Many outgoing children have a lot of energy and a structured drama class can help that child channel that energy into a productive project. A shy child can learn to find their voice in a drama class through fun games and practices. In a typical Mel O’ Drama class, students get to explore the depths of their imaginations in a creative, safe and fun environment. Whether born for the stage or fearful of new situations, children want to play together and this program has proved time and time again that children connect beautifully when creating together!
Mel Gillespie is the founder and owner of the Mel O’ Drama School of Acting for Kids based in Milton and Quincy. Besides teaching at her beloved drama school, Mel also has her own kids tv show on Milton access tv called ‘Acting up with Mel and Gigi Giraffe’ AND is the author of a successful children’s book called, ‘Darlene the drama Queen,’ which she based on her students at Mel O’ Drama. Taking a class with Mel and The Mel O’ Drama Team is fun, productive and very rewarding. ‘Every child can benefit from a drama class! Our stage awaits you!’
Summer camp registration is underway and although we’re based in Milton MA, we visit Mashpee MA every Summer and bring with us a taste of what we do in the form of a 1-week (half day) camp for little ones! This year we’ve chosen the theme of FAIRYTALES and in our camp we’ll use theatre games, voice work (projection & articulation), choreography, costumes, arts n crafts and more to prepare a little show for family on the last day of camp! Ideal for ages 4-10. Space is limited so, ‘don’t delay if you wanna play!’
For more information visit melodramakids.com, click on CAMPS and you’ll find our Cape Camp on our Summer Camps 2018 page. You can also contact Mel on 617 276 2772 for any questions you may need answered! We’d love to see you this July!
With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
Camp Wingate*Kirkland is a co-ed overnight and day camp for children ages 4-15. Campers design their own summer through our daily choice program that invites camper feedback and input, and a belief that everyone has something special to offer. We believe that when children are part of a kind, supportive and respectful community, they feel free to step out of their comfort-zone and try new things without the fear of failure. W*K is that community. Camper safety and developing life skills are our priorities.
2. Where is it located?
Camp Wingate*Kirkland is located in Yarmouth Port, privately situated on Elisha’s Pond.
3. What is your favorite part about our community?
We love being part of the Cape Cod community. Local folks care for another and always willing to lend a helping hand.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
We are regular contributors to the Yarmouth Food Pantry, Calmer Choice and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod. We are also supporters of town rec programs and many school fundraisers.
5. What are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
Parents are constantly faced with the distraction and challenges that cellphones and tablets bring. Feedback from social media make peer pressure harder than when we were kids. This is why we have devoted our summers to being technology free. We believe it is necessary to reconnect kids with the outdoors and activities that keep them unplugged.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
It is a real privilege for us to watch children grow up over the years - to build confidence and skill development. It was be so rewarding to watch campers achieve goals like learning to swim, play the guitar, or challenge themselves in new ways.
7. What advice would you give parents and care givers in our community?
Camp is the greatest gift you can give your kid. There is no better experience to allow your child to try new things, make new friends and discover themselves. So many incredible life skills can be acquired at Camp.
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know?
We have started enrollment for the 2018 season. Lots of great things in store for all of our campers! We give tours year round, call and make an appointment to come see us!
What Dance Can Do for Your Child & Summer Dance Classes
I'm sure, at some point, you've all read or conversed about the benefits of dance lessons and the many life lessons gained by having your child participate in dance. For example you learn how to push yourself beyond your limits and reach your personal best, how to handle disappointment, learn time management skills, instill discipline, team work, humility, tenacity, and passion. I am living proof of how truly amazing life can be when you are passionate about something.
But where is the proof in our children? Having had 5 senior dancers graduate this year from high school and Turning Pointe Dance Studio, I have the proof and it was displayed by these 5 remarkable teenagers! These young women had been dancing with me since they were small. One of these young ladies used to cry every time her Mom dropped her off at the studio. It was clear that she loved to dance so her family kept at it, persevered and conquered and now she is performing in front of thousands of people with poise and confidence. These 5 young women all graduated with high honors (3 of which were in the top 20 students at Falmouth High School) and have managed to maintain rigorous dance schedules. They are loyal, team players even at times of stress and frustration. They are role models and I am confident that they will do amazing things in our community and world. They were accepted to top Universities and are majoring and minoring in subjects like forensic science, dance, art, architecture, neuroscience, physical therapy, and biochemistry.
Here is more of why...
Dance teaches the values and skills of creativity, problem solving, and risk taking.
Dance lessons are a great place for kids to make new friends. A dance studio provides a safe dance family and community during a time when life can be unpredictable and confusing, especially during adolescence.
Dance education helps students develop physical fitness, appreciation of their body, mindfulness of health and effective stress management skills. In today’s technology-driven world, it is becoming increasingly more important for children to adopt a physically active lifestyle early on.
Dance gives non-verbal children and outlet to express their emotions. Dance gives children with sensory related issues an opportunity to move freely through space, to work on gross and fine motor skills, balance, and spatial awareness. Many parents find that dance lessons help improve behavioral issues, such as hyperactivity.
Studies have shown that children who participate in dance lessons tend to perform better in the classroom. Dance requires discipline and focus, which translates to an improved academic performance. Dance lessons help reinforce educational basics, like counting. Children also learn to differentiate right from left and fast from slow.
So for all the parents out there with little ones that are shy or you can't get them unattached to your leg (I am one of those parents)... keep at it. It's all worth it and above is the proof!
Laura Sciortino is mother of 6 year old Henry and 4 year old Cordelia, a retired professional ballerina, and owner and dance teacher at Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Falmouth.
Summer classes begin June 26 and there are still spots in most classes!
The Mel O'Drama School of Acting Presents: Summer Drama Camp for Cape Cod Kids.
Sign up for this very popular summer camp for one week where students will learn songs, choreography and more! Camp will take place for a week in July and the kids are sure to love it!
**CALLING ALL DRAMA QUEENS AND KINGS**
They have 2 spots left in Me's CIRCUS DRAMA CAMP in Mashpee July 11-15!
Ideal for ages 5-10. A wonderful, productive way to spend the mornings from
9am-Noon, with a fun show on the last day!
JOIN US for a week of dramatic fun!
CALLING ALL DRAMA QUEENS AND KINGS ON THE CAPE THIS SUMMER!
The Mel O' Drama School of Acting is hosting their 3rd annual week of camp in Mashpee this
July for ages 5-10 years!
Check out more info at melodramakids.com
July 11-15 - Camp on the CAPE! Ages 4.5 to 10 years / 9-12pm
Back by popular demand, my Cape Camp takes place in Mashpee this week in the beautiful New Seabury! Spots go very FAST in this camp so reserve ahead of time!
Cost: $250 (*higher tuition due to high rental rate on the Cape)
Does your child love films? Love talking about films? Love being on camera? Then, there’s a camp for that. The KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp takes place at the Martha's VineyardFilm Center July 27 – 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Campers learn a variety of behind-the-scenes skills of the film industry as they write and videotape film reviews daily. At the end of the camp, the kids will be invited to join the national KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team where they will attend press screenings, red carpets and other media related events and report on them. The fee is $459 and there are four (4) full scholarships available thanks to the generosity of local supporters. This camp is a project of the 24-year-old national, nonprofit, Coalition for Quality Children’s Media. We believe that “smart kids make smart consumers.” For more information, go to:
http://www.kidsfirst.org/become-a-juror/2015.BootCamp.html or call 505.989.8076.
British Soccer Camp is the most popular camp in North America - 150,000 campers! With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, British Soccer Camps provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert's right in the heart of their own community. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!
"Enroll your child in a British Soccer Camp today and receive a Free British Soccer Jersey - Sign up during Early Registration and we will immediately ship you a great looking British Soccer Jersey! PLUS - enter code FMG15 and we will include a bonus Challenger water bottle."
Cape Cod Area Camps located in Plymouth and Wareham.
Does your child love films, love talking about films and love being on-camera?
If so, then we've got a camp for that! KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Summer Boot Camp
Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is partnering with KIDS FIRST! this summer to offer a new educational opportunity for island youth
If you have a 10 to 15-year-old in your life who loves films and dreams of being on the red carpet, KIDS FIRST! has the perfect opportunity. Your tween can participate in the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp this summer in Martha’s Vineyard at Martha’s Vineyard Film Center for an experience they will never forget.
Give your child the opportunity to build self confidence and learn more about behind-the-scenes aspects of the film industry as they critique the latest films, learn to write reviews, practice interview techniques, improve on-camera skills, visit with industry professionals, and are coached by seasoned professionals. All campers will have the opportunity to join the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic team of reporters.
Richard Paradise, Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center comments, “We are thrilled to partner with KIDS FIRST!, a nationally known educational non-profit, in bringing this opportunity to the youth on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.”
The week-long boot camp on Martha’s Vineyard camp will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Locations and dates include: August 11 to Aug. 15, 2014 – Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, (79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568)
For more information and to register, go to http://www.kidsfirst.org/become-a-juror/2014.BootCamp.html Please act soon, because space is limited to 12 students. Tuition: $459. There are a limited number of scholarships available to island residents – please contact Richard Paradise for scholarship opportunities.
For more information go to: http://mvfilmsociety.com/educational-programs-2/
KIDS FIRST!/Coalition for Quality Children’s Media
112 W. San Francisco St., Ste 305A
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Please join me in welcoming our newest sponsor:
Cape Cod Academy!
Cape Cod Academy began in 1976 and offers a college preparatory curriculum for students in Pre-K thru 12th grade on a 46 acres campus. The mission statement really says it all because it is the type of educational mission we all want for our children:
"The pursuit of academic excellence and development of life skills in a safe, values-centered community."
All graduates are accepted to college with the majority attending highly competitive colleges. They boast a low student to teacher ratio of 7:1 with a class size of fifteen!
Cape Cod Academy is also a Member of National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and a Member of Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE). They are accredited by New England
Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Cape Cod Academy also runs the Seahawk Summer Camp And it isn't to late to register! Their goal is to create the best possible camp environment in which children can thrive. They believe camp is a place where children have the opportunity to try new activities, take on new challenges, increase their self esteem and grow in a safe, nurturing, fun environment. They accomplish this through a dynamic and creative program organized by their warm and caring professional staff.
This staff is what makes Seahawk truly unique. All staff members are carefully selected and trained as they set a very high standard for staff involvement with the campers. One of the most important aspects of each child’s summer is the special relationship that will blossom with his/her counselors.
We welcome you to take a look through our information and enroll today. If you have any further questions after learning more about us, please contact Director Jenn Peterson in the Seahawk Summer Camp office at Cape Cod Academy at 508-428-5400.
Cape Cod Moms