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Children's Academic Program for Summer Begins June 11

Released: 05/04/2007

LSU Alexandria is offering a new challenging, week-long program this summer for students who have completed grades 1 through 5.

The Children’s Academic Program for Summer is an educational enrichment program for students who have at least a “B” average or are certified gifted.

It will be held from June 11-15 on the LSU Alexandria campus. Daily activities begin at 12:50 p.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m.

The registration fee is $135. The fee for each additional student in the same family is $121.50 per child. The cost pays for program tuition, class materials, a CAPS t-shirt and daily snack. Participants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Class placement is made on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, people who sign up after Friday, May 25, must add a $25 late-registration fee.

Children will have the opportunity for hands-on, interactive experiences in science, math, computers, physical education and much more. LSU Alexandria is in its 24th year of offering CAPS. Courses are taught by LSU Alexandria faculty and staff, local teachers and artisans.

Classes for 1st graders have proven a huge success over the past five years. The children have enjoyed “hands-on” activities and the ability to use their creativity. With this in mind, the first grade has a pre-set daily schedule, therefore, children completing grade 1 will not need to make class selections. These classes are taught by elementary teachers.

Classes new to this year’s program for Grades 2-5 include:

Grades 2 and 3

Exploring the Rainforest: One of the most fascinating places on earth is the RAINFOREST! The animals are colorful, unusual, and very interesting. Trees grow until they seem to reach the sky. Birds and butterflies are everywhere giving the place beauty and wonder. The air is fresh and clean. Cool, clear, streams and waterfalls invite you to wade and swim. Learn how all of this affects us here in Louisiana; though we live very far away. You will see and touch many plants and animals that live in the Rainforest. Don’t miss this exciting time.

It’s Showtime!: Come explore the world of theater! We’ll take you through the audition process, teach you stage directions and performance tips, and act out scenes from plays such as “Annie”, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, and “High School Musical.”

Kitchen Science: This fun class involves a multitude of science activities. You will do hands on experiments using household items to explore topics in chemistry, physics and more.

Painting the Town: Learn the basics of painting: mixing shades, creating backdrops and painting still-lifes. We’ll design masterpieces to create our own art gallery for guests to view the final day.

Reading - Almost a Flowergirl: Join Junie B. Jones as she is ALMOST a flower girl in her Aunt Flo''s wedding as we read together Junie B. Jones is (almost) a Flower Girl by Barbara Park! Laugh along with Junie as she tries to think of a way to show everyone she is a very grown-up little lady who would be the perfect asset to a wedding party. We will make flower girl bouquets, Junie B. hair bows and end our week with a true Junie B. Jones tea party!

Snap Shots: Fun with Film: In this class, we will teach you how to make photographing easy, exciting, and fun! Learn how to catch people at times when they are not looking so you can get great pictures. See what it takes to take a good picture. Learn about film and how to load your camera properly. If you have never taken pictures before, don’t worry about that ... we will show you! Join us for lots of fantastic fun! Camera not included.

Spanish for Beginners: Students will learn how to correctly pronounce words in Spanish so they can begin to communicate with the millions of Spanish-speakers world wide.

Grades 4 and 5

Budding” Environmentalist: Did you know that the aspirin you take for a headache comes from the leaves of the willow tree? ... that trees breathe and protect themselves in many ways? ... that we have trees in this area that are over 1,000 years old? We are dependent on plants for our very lives. They clean our air, provide us with food, and give us many products that we use in our homes everyday. We will do lots of fun things with plants and you can take home your projects to plant in your own yard.

Digging up Cool Stuff: Archeology 101: Do you like to dig in the dirt? Find things are are lost? Put pieces together? Figure out stories from clues? Learn about the past? If so, we WANT you!

Emergency - Think Quick! You will learn the basics of what to do in an emergency situation. Learn what area 911 operators, fire departments, police departments and ambulance services do when they are called into action. Students will become familiar with different types of emergency response vehicles and will be involved in demonstrations from the different departments. Students will also be instructed in important basic first aid and numerous safety lessons that can be applied at home.

Having Fun with your Digital Camera: Do you want to take great pictures of your friends and family? We will learn how to make people laugh so they take interesting pictures. See how taking pictures through colored glass can make your pictures have that WOW look to them. You will come out of this class as one of the top photographers in your neighborhood! Camera not included.

Sketch City: From sketching a bowl of fruit to sketching each other; this course teaches lines, texture, shading, and definition. Create a comic strip or illustrate pages for a children’s book. The one class you can doodle in without getting in trouble!

Spanish Communication: Can you communicate in Spanish? Learn how to pronounce words, learn basic phrases and more.

For more information, call (318) 473-6495 or e-mail