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Texas Nature Project Summer Program Descriptions
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 • Posted June 17, 2009

The Young Philosophers' Summer Academy incorporates both structured and unstructured activities. The program includes both indoor and outdoor activities, weather dependent. The actual participants, their interests and goals, guide the activities as well. We will be doing some serious talking, while engaging in fun activities. The program includes both indoor and outdoor activities, weather dependent. The actual participants, their interests and goals, guide the activities as well. We will be doing some serious talking, while engaging in fun activities. This helps students focus and also to relax and think. We utilize the "rights vs. right" approach in discussions so that speaking is not so intimidating and students can broaden their recognition of the many partial and dissimilar good that should be considered in thinking about the making decisions. We have been very impressed with the students' thoughtfulness and kindness toward each other, and the great personal development achieved in a very short time.

The College Prep Program is a little more formally structured, as is appropriate both for the ages of the students and the material being covered. The limited number of participants (four maximum) allows a great deal of flexibility and discussion and time required to respond to each individual's needs and wished so far as possible.

1. We anticipate showing two films that inspire discussion, but also motivate for the hard work required in college.

2. We will have short practice work in reading and writing, and share work for content, style, approach, effectiveness- but no grades.

3. We will work on time management, which is critical to success in college and personal and professional life.

4. We will provide some "tips" about how to view the college semester in very practical terms. For instance, the high school semester is 20 weeks in length, but college is only 15 weeks- that is 25% shorter and must be accounted for the very first week of class scheduling.

5. We will have role playing so each person can prepare for some challenging social situations. For instance, the first one-on-one meeting with a college professor can be very intimidating.

6. We will explore ways to manage stress and frustration- both creative ways (exercise, mediation, nature walk, asking for help, etc.) and some of the more typical destructive ways college students sometimes tend toward (overeating, not sleeping, too much caffeine, procrastination, etc)- and both positive and negative consequences of each.

7. We will explore resiliency strategies, problem solving techniques, and assist students in identifying their personal strength so that they can build on them.

8. We will also role play for possible moral challenges college may present. For instance, what might one say or do if they are asked to write a paper for a classmate? or "cover" for their roommate when a parent phones?

9. Of course, we are always open to discussing questions and concerns students already have, and there is time for them to create role play and suggest discussion topics.

10. Students will have short "homework" thought exercises as well as some minor research assignments. These will take up no more than an hour or two of direct time during the week, but allow students time to reflect on the previous sessions, how thoroughly their questions were answered, and follow up with more in-depth questions of their own, and answers for their colleagues.

Students should bring a folder, notebook, and pen or pencil, as well as any drinks or food they wish. We will also have refreshments on hand. Weather permitting, we will use our 100-acre outdoor classroom to facilitate projects.

Young Philosophers' Summer Academy

Description:

Children and teenagers are no strangers to issues of kindness and unkindness, fairness and unfairness, respect and disrespect. Like adults, they face tough choices every day. It is how we respond to the tough choices we face that most defines who we are. Using the values paradigm of truth vs. loyalty, mercy vs. justice, individual vs. community, and long-term vs. short-term, the Texas Nature Project faculty is able to help young people develop the critical thinking skills required to make decisions and choices thoughtfully and confidently, and live their lives with integrity, worth and dignity.

This a highly active, hands-on experience, utilizing our 100-acre outdoor classroom, and combining selected readings, art, music, and guest speakers, in a fun and non-threatening learning environment.

Class Dates, Times, Ages, and Location

July 13, 14, and 15, Monday-Wednesday, 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.-$60.00 ( Ages 10 through 13, maximum enrollment 6 students)

July 20, 21, and 22, Monday- Wednesday, 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.- $60.00 (Ages 6 through 9, maximum enrollment 6 students)

All classes are held at Texas Nature Project's Northpoint Ranch campus, 3226 US Highway 87 South (2.5 miles south of the square) Students must bring their own lunch. Drinks and snack provided by Texas Nature Project.

Fees & Faculty

All sessions are $60.00/student

$30 nonrefundable deposit required at registration with balance due at first meeting.

College Prep Program

Getting into college is one thing. Succeeding once you arrive is another. The academic, intellectual, personal, social and moral challenges encountered in college are worth thinking about and preparing for in advance. Over six weeks, one evening a week, students will think and talk about expectations and demands, and develop skills in everything from getting along with a roommate to conflict resolution to research and writing.

This is a highly active, hands-on experience, combining selected readings, award winning film and guest speakers, in a fun and non-threatening learning environment. To ensure that each individual's needs are met, enrollment for each session is limited to four students.

Class Dates, Ages and Locations

Students Entering College in the Fall: Saturday, June 20 through August 1 (excluding July 4) 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Students Entering Senior Year in the Fall: Fridays, June 19 through July 31 (excluding July 3) 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $120.00

Students Entering Junior Year in the Fall: Thursday, July 9 through August 13 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $120.00

All classes are held at Texas Nature Project's Northside Ranch campus, 3226 US Highway 87 South (2.5 miles south of the square)

Fee & Faculty

All sessions are $120.00 per student

$60.00 nonrefundable deposit required at registration with balance due at first meeting.

Enrollment is limited by age and number, as indicated above.

Limited scholarship available. To sponsor a student, contact Jan or Sherra. Call or email: Jan Schultz,

832-878-4141, schultz@texasnatureproject.org or Dr. Sherra Theisen, 325-320-5251, theisen@texasnatureproject.org

Dr. Theisen is a Philosopher with 20 years experience teaching at the college level: six years teaching K-12. Jan Schultz is a Student Affairs administrator, with over 20 years of experience in student development and higher education. Visit www.texasnatureproject.org

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