College for Kids being held at William Woods University
|6/18/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||(573) 592-1127|
While many kids use their summer to sleep in, students in grades three through nine from Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Jersey and several other states, are learning how to build rockets on the campus of William Woods University.
The College for Kids: A Summer Exploration, Inc.’s summer program, is celebrating its 25th year. Three sessions will be offered, with the first being held this week.
College for Kids provides accelerated learning experiences specifically for academically talented students, combining rigorous academic experiences with fun and exciting social opportunities.
“CK classes address contemporary issues and problems using a higher level of integrative, analytical and critical thinking,” said the director, Sue Craghead of Fulton. “Class curriculum encourages awareness of and respect for divergence in thought among academic peers. The CK experience also allows students to explore different academic content and methodologies in various disciplines.”
College for Kids also addresses the physical needs of all students today. Every day CK takes time for physical exercise, in various classes and during recreation time.
“Exercise and physical fitness are necessary to fully realize one's potential,” Craghead said.
She explained that College for Kids provides an opportunity for gifted students to learn and socialize with their intellectual peers.
“Rather than being singled out and labeled as the "smart kid" in a regular classroom, students are surrounded by peers who share their interests and abilities. It is the friendships, just as much as the learning, that makes kids want to return to College for Kids year after year.”
During the week, students have opportunities to sample weeklong, intensive, cognitive-oriented studies such as biology, chemistry, classical studies, psychology, rockets and historical mysteries.
“College for Kids courses are designed with gifted students in mind, inviting them to direct their considerable talent and energy toward interdisciplinary projects and practical problem solving,” Craghead said.
“The students engage in service-learning, present facts in a mock trial setting and learn advanced math and science by having the opportunity to dissect and mix chemicals. We nurture students as critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.”
Classes such as American Sign Language, Adobe Photoshop and CKNews give students the opportunity to learn new skills. Introductory exploration courses, such as fine arts, acting, volunteering and fitness help meet the needs of gifted students through self-expression and communication dynamics.
“College for Kids students surprise even themselves by how much they can learn, achieve and grow in just one short week,” Craghead said.
Evenings at the camp are filled with team-building and leadership activities. Children participate in such things as talent shows, film-making nights, inspirational speakers and interactive creative problem solving, while also having fun.
College for Kids: A Summer Exploration, Inc. was started in 1989 by teachers of the gifted who formed a program for children who wanted to continue learning during the summer.
The three sessions are June 16-21 for students in third and fourth grade, June 23-28 for students in fifth and sixth grade and July 7-13 for students in seventh through ninth grade.
For more information, go to http://www.collegeforkids.net or contact Craghead at (573) 642-2935 or by email at email@example.com.
A participant in last year’s College for Kids prepares his rocket for launching.
Painting is a favorite activity for College for Kids campers.
Young girls show off the tie-dye shirts they made for College for Kids.