Calgary Herald

School’s in for summer

- BY SHAWN HOULT FOR SUMMER CAMPS

Just because school is out for the summer doesn’t mean it’s time to stop learning.

Whether students are getting prepared for the fall semester, making up grades from the previous year or attending classes for the joy of learning, summer educationa­l programs are an excellent resource.

Chinook Learning Services offers high school summer courses at the Viscount Bennett Centre, as well as remedial and ELL programs for grades 1 to 9. Courses include math, English, physics, career and life management, art, psychology and physical education. Classes run from July 3 to 31.

An increasing number of students are attending summer school not to upgrade but to take courses they would otherwise not have time for, says Chinook principal John Fischer. “It’s means of creating flexibilit­y in their timetable for high school.”

Summer school offers a more focused environmen­t for students to learn, giving them the success they might not achieve in the more social atmosphere of high school, says Fischer. “I jokingly say that many students are suc--

cessful in summer school because they go to school in the morning, and by the time they get home, their friends are getting out of bed,” says Fischer. Renfrew Educationa­l Services offers a mix of programs designed to help children with

various readiness are run by challenges, for qualified the fall therapists as semester. well as and increase All programs focus their on subjects such as speech, language, reading, communicat­ion, problem solving and social interactio­n. Morning and afternoon camps are available throughout July and August, with eight camps in all catering to kids age three to

15. The focus is on helping kids deal with difficulti­es through a program that positively

reinforces the fun of learning, says Renfrew’s communicat­ions manager, Jacquie Mckechnie. “It’s learning through doing, working with friends and having fun,” she says. Likewise, getting hands-on opportunit­ies to

light the science spark is something Mad Sci-

ence of Southern Alberta has been actively doing since 1996 through its summer programmin­g. “It’s very hands-on so the children are not going to be bored; it’s a lot of fun,” says the program’s manager Shannon Lirenman. “We try to create all new stuff every year, because we have children who come back year after year after year.”

The camp works with kids’ natural curiosity and imaginatio­n through interactiv­e, fun and educationa­l activities. Geared to children age five through 12, Mad Science offers three different weeklong camps in July and August at various locations throughout the city.

Mad Science’s The Busy Builders camp encourages kids age five to seven to look at the physical and mechanical structure of the world around them through a series of fun crafts and activities. Junior Mad Scientist camp gives kids age five to seven a different experience each day, including activities based on insects and

animals, forensics, chemistry, and robotics. For kids age seven to 12, Robots and Rockets provides a chance to learn about telecommun­ications, space travel and technology and robotics.

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