According to Betty Bricker, director for Kids University, there will be new avenues to explore from the usual classes provided in the past, allowing more kids to be involved in classes centered around the liberal arts experience on campus.
“Since this is a liberal arts college, I thought it would be nice to have some liberal art type classes for the kids,” said Bricker. “The only classes missing this year is art, and I asked the teachers to incorporate it into their lesson plans for each class.”
For Kindergarten through 1st Grade, there will be classes on music, outer space, Spanish and choreography the first week. Volcanic eruptions, recycling, dinosaurs and more music will round out the second week. For second grade on up there are plenty of options such as PowerPoint and Word classes, conversational Spanish, choreography, science and cooking with math to name a few.
New this year is a conversational Spanish class for kids taught by the same teacher who will be instructing the children. Bricker thought that maybe the parents would want to continue what was learned at home with their kids. Gloria Shuey, who taught conversational Spanish in the non-credit, life-long learning classes on campus last year, received rave reviews from past participants and will be sharing the Spanish language with both kids and parents.
For the second year in a row, Bricker says there will be performances by the kids on what they have learned on both Fridays. “Last year, Decker 133, the small theatre, was packed with parents and it went well.”
Those interested in learning more about what classes are available, may call (765) 641-4253 or (765) 641-4583, or find the brochure online in PDF format at the Center for Lifelong Learing webpage.
--Writer Kim Ousley is a student intern in the AU offices of Media and Electronic Communications and Publications