Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Thank you PAW Parents for your feedback!

At PAW, we always appreciate parent feedback, and this message touched us so deeply that we wanted to share it with you all! If you have a similar story, send us a message or write us a review here on our page!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Top Ten Tips ~ Helping Your Child With Separation Anxiety & Shyness When Starting Summer Camp

Ideas Every Mom & Dad Can Use This Summer!

Many children experience separation anxiety or shyness when starting a new summer camp.  The transition from a familiar school to a new setting with all new teachers and kids can be enough to spoil what should be a wonderful and fun summer experience for your child.  Here are a few helpful tips you can use to help your child overcome shyness and separation anxiety.

#1  Establish a positive mindset!  In the days leading up to camp, talk to your child about how much fun they will have. Your goal should be to make camp sound like as much fun as a play date or going to an amusement park.  #2  This can be made easier by selecting a camp which offers activities your child is interested in.

#3  On the first day, arrive early, so you can take your time signing them in, introduce them to the counselors and help show your child the layout of the camp.  By taking the time to help your child familiarize themselves with the camp environs, you help put them at ease.  Show your child where to put their personal belongings.  #4  Stay with your child until he or she finds another child to play with.  You can also be proactive and introduce your child to another camper and help initiate a game they might play together.  Most camps have games and toys just for this purpose during supervised drop-off and play times.  By taking the extra time with your child on the first day, your child will sense you are not in a rush to leave and therefore will be less likely to feel anxious.  #5  Also, discuss with your child who will be picking them up and when, but do so before arriving at camp as you don’t want your departure becoming an event.  It will make your “goodbyes” simpler and less stressful.           

#6  For parents who have children that are prone to crying when you leave, before departing the camp site, ask a staff member to have an aide or a junior counselor sit and play a game with your child.  By having your child engaged in an activity, you take their mind off the stress of being separated from you. Oftentimes, this diversionary tactic is a great way to make the beginning of your child’s day a pleasant one (and make your exit a quiet and smooth one!)  #7  Another great trick is to have your child go to camp with a friend or two from school.  Sometimes their fears are eased because they know they will have someone to play with.

Of course, dropping a child off at camp can cause anxious moments for parents, too.  #8  So trust your judgment and know when it is time to leave.  Some children don’t stop crying until a parent has gone.  Over the years at my summer camp, we have encouraged parents of these children to leave the room, but stay out by their car until we give the signal that all is well.  In most cases this takes less than five minutes.  While it is true no one knows a child better than their parent, a child will often behave differently with a teacher than with their mom or dad.  For many children, their sense of identity and independence kicks in only once their parent leaves.

#9  Finally, for nervous parents, don’t let your child see your anxiety.  #10  Keep the moment of departure very positive, tell them you love them and wish them a wonderful day at camp! 

By Cheryl Appleman
President, www.PerformingArtsWorkshops.com.

PAW’s award-winning camps for kids ages 5-14 include Musical Theater, Guitar, Magic, Rock The Mic, Filmmaking, Photography  &  Stage F/X Makeup!

PAW has 10 camp locations to choose from including; Brentwood, West LA, Manhattan Beach, Studio City, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Pasadena, Burbank, Chatsworth, and Costa Mesa.  For camp information call us at (310) 827-8827.

Performing Arts Workshops ~ the ultimate ARTS experience. 
Part Art…Part Play…ALL FUN!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

Thy sculptor of innocence. 
She, who architects my very soul.
Playwright of my world. 
Purest diamond. Divine author. 
I owe her everything.

By Gavin Mosher, 7th Grader

Winner Of: Why Mom Deserves A Diamond Contest

Wishing All Our PAW Moms the very best this Mother’s Day.



Saturday, May 2, 2015

What Are The Essential Items Parents Should Pack When Sending Their Child To Day Camp?

Summer is just around the corner and it’s time for parents to prepare their children for summer camp.  As a camp director, and winner of a summer camp voted Best In LA, I was asked to provide an answer to the question posed above.  It was published in the May, 2014 issue of the LA Parent Magazine.  I hope parents find this information helpful once again.

Question:
What Are The Essential Items Parents Should Pack When Sending Their Child To Day Camp?

Answer:
Most camps have a common core of basics and essentials each child must have and will use over the course of the camp day.  Sunscreen – especially for outdoor camps, but even camps like Performing Arts Workshops, where the primary curriculum is held indoors on a stage, will have times where campers are outside.  Food – enough for a midmorning snack as well as lunch.  Parents need to remember that children will have a better day if their bodies are well fueled.  It is a good idea to make sure the lunch is nonperishable or the lunch box has its own source of cooling, such as reusable ice packs.  Most camps cannot provide refrigeration.  Water – kids will require more water due to the heat, and of course, all of the physical activity.  Not every camp has conveniently placed water fountains or water that tastes good.  Always label your child’s water bottle with their name!  Proper Clothing – make sure that based on your camp’s curriculum and activity plans that your child is dressed appropriately.  It will enhance their ability to participate in every activity as well as help prevent heat-stroke.  For your child’s safety, never allow your child to go to camp in flip-flops or raised heel shoes.  Epi-pens, Medication, etc. – Nothing is more important than protecting your child’s health and welfare.  Parents can ensure this by always informing their camp of their child’s special needs, medications, disabilities, or allergies.  This should be done when registering for camp and then again in person on the first day of camp when you introduce your child to the on-site director and the staff.  Make sure to clearly label any medications with your child’s name, and submit a letter giving permission and instructions on their use.  Medications should be given to the on-site director for safekeeping.  

Next, it is important to remember that every camp has its own special theme and some may have special requests on materials or supplies they require a child to bring in order to maximize their camp experience, safety, and enjoyment.  These items should be kept together in an easy to grab pack, box or bag so they are never left behind.  Nothing is more disheartening to a child than being the one camper left out of an activity or having to borrow supplies from the staff!  Finally, each child should come to camp with a good attitude and the mindset to participate and have fun!  Make sure they get plenty of sleep the night before and talk with your child each morning as you prepare to drop them off.  Just like in sports, it’s about getting psyched up!

By Cheryl Appleman
President, www.PerformingArtsWorkshops.com.

PAW’s award-winning camps for kids ages 5-14 include Musical Theater, Guitar, Magic, Rock The Mic, Filmmaking, Photography  &  Stage F/X Makeup!

PAW has 10 camp locations to choose from including; Brentwood, West LA, Manhattan Beach, Studio City, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Pasadena, Burbank, Chatsworth, and Costa Mesa.  For camp information call us at (310) 827-8827.

Performing Arts Workshops ~ the ultimate ARTS experience.
Part Art…Part Play…ALL FUN!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Introducing Rock the Mic Camp - Presented by Performing Arts Workshops!

For more information about our locations and camp offerings in Southern California, visit RockTheMic.com.


Experience the joys of singing and discover the recording artist in you! Produce a demo CD while learning proper technique, breath control, projection, song interpretation and more!
 

This camp is open to kids ages 8 - 15 and is for beginning to advanced singers alike. While our students will be schooled on the fundamentals of proper singing technique, the true focus of Rock the Mic Camp will be on the art and science that is voice recording. Students will be immersed in the finer points of the recording artist’s craft as they experience different styles of singing, expand their repertoire, and learn what it truly means to produce a song – developing and enhancing the singer’s natural voice, the cultivation of a “signature” sound, laying down vocal and background tracks, sound mixing, digitally mastering a track and more. Best of all, our campers will record and keep their very own demo CD that they can enjoy for years to come!


At Performing Arts Workshops, our teachers have extensive experience working with young singers. Many have earned their Masters or Bachelors in music, music education and related fields and bring with them the latest techniques and methods which keep music engaging, fresh and fun!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Saturday, August 2, 2014

MAGIC CAMP IS GOOD FOR KIDS!



Voted BEST Summer Camp in LA Parent Magazine!  Our teachers come straight from the MAGIC
CASTLE of Hollywood.  Peer into the top
hat and explore the wonder & majesty that is Close Up Magic.

“At Performing Arts
Workshops, all a child needs is a curiosity and passion for magic whether they
are novices or come to us already having skills,” says Cheryl Appleman, PAW
President. “In each one week session campers (ages 8-14) kids will be
taught varied aspects of the craft including; sleight of hand, redirection,
hand & finger exercises, flourishes, card tricks, classic cups and balls,
coin tricks, rope tricks and so much more!”

The practice of
learning magic will also help your child improve hand-eye coordination,
critical thinking, multitasking thoughts & actions, fine motor skills,
manual dexterity, self-confidence and self-esteem.

PAW offers the ultimate ARTS experience for kids.