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Stimulating Excitement in Education

This summer, first and second grade students are taking a hands-on approach to learning at the Kinder Care Camp at HWS.

In its first year, the camp is filling a demand from the community for an offering geared toward younger children. An extension of HWS’ Kids College for those entering grades 3-8, the Kinder Care program emphasizes learning at an age when children are curious and eager to acquire knowledge.

“It’s a time when kids really want information, said Camp Director Patti Harling. “They are interested in learning about anything if you can bring it down to their level.

A teacher at the Penn Yan School District for 10 years and a former summer camp director at the YMCA, Harling has plenty of experience working with children, not only her students and campers, but also her own four daughters. It is this understanding that has allowed her to design an interactive camp that stimulates excitement in education.

The activities children most enjoy are, “anything hands-on and anything where they can get dirty, she said, noting that exploding soda with Mentos was a big hit. “I hope they have fun and learn something along the way.

The campers can sign up for a day, a week or the rest of the summer, and each week has its own theme, which ranges from animals to dinosaurs to what careers the campers want to have when they grow up. They also swim daily in Bristol Pool, and participate in a reading program, in which one camper will win a free book at the end of the week.

Next week’s theme is “Color My World. The campers will study colors by tie-dyeing, splatter painting and learning the names of colors in Spanish and French. They will also take a field trip to the Corning Museum of Glass, where they will have the opportunity to make their own suncatchers.

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