The Central Texas College (CTC) Continuing Education department has opened registration for its annual College for Kids classes. The program, which begins in June, offers a variety of classes throughout the summer directed to youngsters three years to high school-age. Several new classes and returning favorites mix fun and hands-on learning in the studies of science, performing arts, arts and crafts, life skills, languages, cooking, exercise and science.

Some of the new immediate classes are:

Parent and Child Yoga (age 1–3): parents can partner with their toddler in simple animated poses, games, books and breathing exercises that benefit the mental and physical health of children. The class is Monday/Wednesday, June 4-13, 8 – 8:45 a.m. The cost is $45 per parent/one child, $10 for additional child.

Kids’ Yoga (age 4-12): simple yoga poses are combined with concentration activities like crafts and stories that exercise social, sensory and motor skills while increasing flexibility, strength and coordination. The class for four- to seven-year-olds is Monday/Wednesday, June 4-13, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. and the class for eight- to 12-year-olds is Monday/Wednesday, June 4-13, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The cost for either class is $39.

American Sign Language: The Basics for Kids (age 6-15): learn basic sign language skills using hands and facial expressions. The class starts with fingerspelling, then phrases and expands to complete sentences. Games and stories are used to learn signs for colors, numbers, family and activities. The class is Tuesday/Thursday, June 12-21 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The cost is $95.

Group Beginning Guitar (age 8-14): this class is for beginners with little or no guitar-playing experience. It includes foundational elements of recreational guitar playing such as basic chords, elements of music notation and major scales. Students must have their own guitar to bring to class and for practice at home. The class is Thursdays, June 14 – July 26, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The cost is $85.

Talking with Confidence (age 5-12): learn to overcome the nervousness and jitters associated with public speaking. Through games and activities, students will develop their speech projection and overcome the fears of speaking in front of a classroom, at home or in front of an audience. The class is Tuesday/Thursday, June 12-21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The cost is $59.

You’re Hired! An Introduction to Resumes, Applications and Job Interviews (age 12-17): students will develop their own career portfolios as they learn to create resumes, understand the do’s and don’ts for job applications and participate in mock interviews through hands-on activity-based learning tools. The class is Tuesday/Thursday, June 5-7, 1-3 p.m. The cost is $29.

Grilling Essentials for Kids (age 8-17): students will learn about the types of grills and basic safety and sanitation of grilling for those summer cookouts. The class is on Wednesdays, June 6 (pizza, ribs, potato salad and fruit kabobs), July 11 (three-cheese quesadillas, hamburgers, corn in the husk and peach pie) and August 1 (chicken tacos, crosshatch hot dogs and chocolate banana melts) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The cost is $75.

Forensic Detectives (age 9-15): learn scientific techniques used to investigate crimes. Students will collect DNA evidence and clues from a mock crime scene for examination and chemical analysis, study the intricacies of fingerprinting and other DNA forensics. The class is Saturdays, June 22 and 30, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The cost is $59.

Some of the returning favorites are Slippery, Slimy Science (age five and older), Monday through Thursday, June 11-14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $89; Come Fly With Me (age 9-16), June 11-15, 2-3 p.m., $69; Beginning Scholastic Chess (age 8-17), Monday through Thursday, June 4-7, 9-11 a.m., $59; Basic Food Preparation (age 8 and older), Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., $75; Messy Science (age 6-12), Friday, June 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $39; Dino Quest (age 6-12), Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, June 11-13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $89; Galaxy Quest (age 6-12), Monday through Wednesday, June 18-20, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $89 and CPR (age 11-16), Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., $69.

Future classes include Bug Safari, WeDo Robotics, NeXT and EV3 Robotics, Introduction to Computer Programing, Sea Quest, Geocoaching, Rocket Science, DIY Jewelry, Babysitter Training, and Chemistry Lab Rats.

Many more classes in the areas of arts and crafts, science, robotics, cooking, language, computers and engineering are also available during the summer. For a complete schedule, visit www.ctcd.edu.ce online. To register for a class, call the CTC Continuing Education department at 254-526-1586.