Hey kids!

It’s not too late to join in the fun for the second and third weeks of Summer Adventures in Learning at Tarleton State University. And you know what the best part is?

You choose! That’s right you choose what you would like to learn about or participate in.

How does “A Day in the Life of a Knight” or “Creepy Crawlers” or “From Sea to Shining Sea” or “Who Loves Chocolate?” sound? These are just a few of the fun- filled learning units created by 39 students in the Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education program.

The first day of classes began Monday and will continue for three weeks.

Betty Leatherwood said students can sign up for one week at a time at a cost of $16.33 per week. The fee includes snacks and a T-shirt if you sign up by the second week beginning Monday. Leatherwood said because of time constraints she is not able to guarantee a T-shirt for those only participating in the third week.

Mornings are reserved from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for first through third graders and afternoons are for fourth through eighth graders from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“T-Mate teachers bring a lot of life experiences with them to the classroom,” Leatherwood said. “And we’re very careful about security. There is an adult with the children at all times.”

Most of the groups have about eight to 10 children in each. Therefore, each child gets a lot of individual attention.

Gabriella Carrasco, 9, participated in the “Travel: If you could go anywhere…?” unit this week taught by Clay Helms. The students in this group were particularly proud of a model of the Eiffel Tower they built from plastic drinking straws.

“It was fun. It took about an hour to build,” Carrasco said. “We were learning about Paris and Switzerland.”

Leatherwood said students in this group were studying about cultures, music, foods and locations of a different country each day.

Meanwhile, in another group, kids were busily working on several arts and crafts projects. The theme of the unit was “It’s a pirate’s life,” and Leatherwood said the children were learning navigational skills like the directions of North, South, East and West along with geography and mixing fact with fantasy.

“We’re teaching through games and crafts rather than paper and pencil,” Leatherwood said. “I asked the teachers to make it fun.”

Anyone interested in enrolling their child should call the T-Mate office at 254-968-9095.