Students explore unconventional classes at a local camp

Elementary students participate in a wide variety of unique classes through the program of ExploreMore.

ExploreMore is a program that opens gifted students’ minds to new courses that may interest them. These courses challenge and channel the child’s inner creativity and imagination. The program is also a way for children to realize hobbies and interests that they may want to pursue in the future.

The Beginning Karate course teaches children posture, Japanese etiquette, Japanese, and karate. Steve Napier, the instructor of the class, explains that children that are four, five, and six usually do not learn these things through the regular program. The children will continue to work throughout the week to achieve their yellow belt while learning about Japanese culture.

”I enjoy teaching martial arts and the science of martial arts that can be applied to practical applications,” stated Napier.

Ooey Gooey Slimy Science Fun is a course that teaches children a hands-on introduction to chemistry. “It’s something outside of the classroom environment that is less structured than a classroom but the kids still learn a lot,” Sarah, the instructor of the course, said.

Hands-on fun includes creating and watching volcanoes explode while learning the science behind it. This allows students to explore their interest in science in a way that couldn’t be done in the classroom.

The course How to Catch a Fairy in 5 Steps opens children’s imagination to the world of fairies while learning respect for the environment. “I want the kids to walk away with some inspiration,” says Carol Adams, who teaches the class. The children not only learn fairy facts but learn ways to treasure the environment by planting plants and more.

Students were not the only ones learning throughout the program. Teachers benefited from the program as well by developing new and creative ways to discover the course.

”ExploreMore helps me as an instructor to become more creative and help challenge the children with a limited amount of devices,” Napier said.