The Center for Gifted Education

Summer Pals 2015

Pre-Kindergarten Courses

Kindergarten Courses

Grade 1 Courses

Pre-Kindergarten Courses

Penguins, Polar Bears and Seals…Oh My!

Come waddle and hop – slide and glide into the icy cold Antarctic regions. Discover how penguins, seals, walruses, whales and many more Antarctic animals live. Join us in a journey through Antarctica as we discover this icy continent!

Instructor: Shannon Yarnell, K-4 Teacher, Kids Korner Pre-School

Country Kitchen

Have you ever wanted to become an explorer? Have you dreamed about becoming a chef? Now you can be both at the same time! Join the adventure and travel around the world with us to explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of the United States, Mexico, Japan, and Italy. You never know what you will learn next. Experience for yourself by making homemade ice cream, wearing a sombrero, dancing, singing, and much, much more. It's an adventure you don't want to miss!

Instructor: Michelle Raithel, Gloria Deo Academy 2nd Grade Teacher, Springfield

Kindergarten Courses

Knights, Castles & Dragons

We will explore the world of knights, ladies and chivalry in hands-on experiences. We will be exploring through an interesting way by addressing the architecture, science, art, daily life, music, foods, literature, and geography of the Middle Ages leading into the Renaissance.  We will search for dragons and learn about discoveries from these times.

Instructor: Claire Cobb, Springfield Schools

Nature's Fireworks

Calling all future meteorologists and weather enthusiasts to listen and learn about Nature’s Fireworks! What does a Cumulonimbus cloud look like? What does an anemometer do? What causes evaporation? What does the Fujita Scale measure? What exactly is a funnel cloud? How is heat lightning different than ordinary lightning? You will receive the answer to these questions plus many more through hands-on experiments, a field trip to visit a local meteorologist, and fun weather games. The forecast is clear... let’s explore the wondrous world of weather!

Instructor: Anne Matson, PK Teacher at Wesley, Springfield


Do revolting topics excite you? Do you enjoy ruining your family’s dinner conversation with questions about parasites, fungi, or earwax? Have you wondered where snot originates? With field trips, speakers, and experiments we will answer questions ranging from where toilet water goes to what parasites eat for lunch.

Instructor: Dr. Tara Herring, Missouri State University

Grade 1 Courses

Play Around the World

The pilot is ready for takeoff as soon as you show your passport. Get ready to cook and eat many new foods. We will create our travel souvenirs, and enjoy the traditional songs and dances from each country we visit. Keep those binoculars handy for the safaris and tropical jungle adventures. Hear those drums? It's the beat for our Dragon Dance in China. Your travel will be guided by two expert tour guides. Join us as we experience culture from around the world. Adios!

Instructors: Vicky Scott, Music Teacher Holland & Cowden, Karla Moore, Second Grade Teacher, Cowden Elementary, Springfield

Dinosaurs Alive!

Dinosaurs are not extinct in this class. Excavate dinosaur bones just like a real paleontologist! Travel with us to the hillside above Riverbluff Cave to search for sea fossils and talk to a paleontologist. FEE=$10

Instructor: Mona Gist, Springfield Schools