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VC Kids College offers fun learning activities

By Victoria Advocate
May 10, 2014 at 12:10 a.m.

Sherri Pall, VC Workforce & Continuing Education director.

Having fun while learning is the objective of Victoria College's Kids College courses this summer.

Registration is now open for the classes, which run July 14 to 17 at VC's main campus.

"This year, we are excited to partner with Fastforward Kids, a company from Spring Branch, which will conduct VC's Kids College classes," said Sherri Pall, VC Workforce and Continuing Education director. "It offers a way for kids to tap into their creative side in a fun learning environment."

Pall said this year's Kids College courses have been reconfigured to include Lego classes for two age groups. She anticipates the Lego Mania class for children ages 4 to 7 to be among the most popular Kids College offering. This innovative class for Lego buffs provides opportunities for imagination and hands-on learning under the guidance of a certified educator.

The Jumpstart Kindergarten will give children ages 4 to 6 a chance to get a head start in the reading experience. An interactive reading time introduces small, controlled vocabulary to help preschoolers on their journey to becoming readers.

Another new activity this year is Fashion Designer, geared for girls 8-12. Youngsters can sketch and design apparel using patterned papers, ribbons, sequins, jewels and other embellishments.

The courses, descriptions, locations and costs are:

Ages 8-12

Lego Logo - $95

July 14-17 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., Student Center

Lego Logo brings young technicians into a creative, engineering environment. Not found in stores, the special Lego Logo kits provide extraordinary opportunities for hands-on construction. Under the guidance of a certified educator along with detailed technical plans to follow, kids can build robots, race cars, four-by-four trucks, cranes, pulleys, levers, and more during this energized week of discovery with Lego. Motivated by fun, creativity and success, the young builder will expand knowledge of math, science and technology in an exploratory hands-on cooperative environment.

Ages 4-7

Lego Mania - $95

July 14-17, 9-11 a.m., Student Center

No builder can say "Lego my Lego!" when engaged in the creative activities of Lego Mania. "Zillions" of pieces ensure that there is always enough for everyone. Over 15 new games, projects and activities not found in stores will be planned and manipulated. Enrichment in the areas of personal creativity, following instructions, eye-hand coordination, problem solving, critical thinking and learning will be experienced as the child has the opportunity to construct dinosaurs, rockets, castles, airplanes, forts, cars and much more.

Ages 4-6

Jumpstart Kindergarten - $95

July 14-17, 9-11 a.m., Student Center

Develop self-esteem, confidence and motivation to move forward in the reading experience. The literature of "Story Time" enhances auditory and comprehensive skills. The emergent literacy books of "Interactive Reading Time" address visual discrimination through the introduction of small, controlled vocabulary. "Games Time" provides kinesthetic activity while enhancing visual and auditory skills as related to sound/symbol association, as well as the daily construction of manipulative take-home games. All sessions are both light-hearted and meaningful. Participant happiness built on daily measurable success is a priority with Kindergarten Jumpstart. We'll read about the farm. The circus! The zoo! The jungle!

Ages 8-12

Fashion Designer - $95

July 14-17, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., Student Center

Young girls graduate from playing dress-up to designing their own fashions by using the same design principles used by professionals. Principles including basic sketching techniques, coordinating colors for the best effect, mixing textures and patterns for scale and perception and cultural fashion history will be applied to each girl's individual style and portfolio. Designs come to life with beautifully patterned papers, ribbons, sequins, jewels and oodles of other embellishments. Collaborative "design team" challenges make this hands-on, minds-on adventure into the world of design very exciting. No sewing in this class.

Sports

Grades 5-8

Basketball Camp - $65

July 14-16, 9-11 a.m., Sports Center

Participants will be introduced to basketball skills, basic mechanics, fundamentals and teamwork. Layups, shooting techniques, defense and structured game play will also be taught. The camp is designed to help each participant develop their basketball potential, grow in character, and have fun.

Grades 5-8

Volleyball Camps

Session 1: Skills Camp - $65

July 14-16, 11:15 a.m -1:15 pm., Sports Center.

Participants will be introduced to fundamental skills, positions and team play.

The camp is designed to help each participant develop their volleyball potential, grow in character and have fun.

Session 2: Advanced Skills Camp - $40

Incoming Grades 7 and 8

July 14-16, 2-3 p.m., Sports Center

Prior playing experience required.

This advanced continuation of Session 1 will focus on skills, defense, hitting, positions and team play.

For more information or to register, contact the VC Workforce and Continuing Education Department at 361-582-2528, email Mary.Pullin@VictoriaCollege.edu or visit VictoriaCollege.edu/wce.

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