Children's Programs

ACT Prep

Instructors:  Linda Johnson & Katharine Moran, UTM Adjunct Instructors

Dates: Saturdays, 8:00am-Noon

             March 1-April 5

Registration Fee: $225 per person ($225 includes 2 textbooks, 2 Official ACT Tests, and Diagnostic Reports.)

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Raise your ACT score with the most comprehensive, scientific and accountable method of preparing for high-stakes standardized tests. With the help of professional University of Tennessee instructors, learn how to complete test problems based on question frequency, difficulty, substantive knowledge, curriculum and alternative test-taking strategies. Students will also learn how to maximize their score in the allotted time. Begin the course by taking an official off-record ACT test (don’t forget to bring two “#2” pencils). Receive feedback on specific areas and let our instructors successfully guide you through the exam based on your data. At the end of the program, students take another official off-record ACT exam. Once you receive your post-test data, our instructors will meet one-on-one to provide a final study plan in preparation to the real exam. A calculator is not necessary, but if a student chooses to use one, it must be a calculator permitted by ACT. Check here to see if your calculator is approved:


Quotes from parent:

This course was one of the best investments in my son’s future that I have ever made.  Of course, being a parent, I could see the benefit before the class ever began.  But the true measure of its success came as affirmation from my son who, after somewhat unwillingly giving up his Saturday mornings, told me how much he appreciated my insistence that he attend.  We are not in scholarship range and I could not be more pleased.  Highly recommended!”  Mom 


I wholeheartedly recommend the ACT Prep class.  Both of my sons attended it and did well on the actual test.  Their confidence and success resulted directly from completing the Prep Class.” Dad


Kid College

Jackson Christian School

Kid College 2014 will be announced in Spring 2014

Children will rotate through these courses:

Let’s Experiment! - Jenna Melton

Ever wonder how bouncy balls are made? Or how to make a lava lamp? You will find out and get to make these and other cool and exciting science experiments in Let’s Experiment!


Lights, Camera, Action! - Donna Coffman

Have you ever dreamed of being a movie producer?
Join us this summer to get a taste of what it’s like to make your own movie. You will use an iPad to collect your photos and videos and will learn the basics of editing using the iMovie app. You will have a great time while you decide if you have what it takes to say, “Lights, Camera, Action!” IPads will be provided for your use during the week

Hooping FUNdamentals - Kristen Moore and Ashley Warrington

Every great athlete has worked on perfecting their fundamentals. In basketball you will see different opponents using different tactics such as pressing, fast breaks, and many different defenses. The only thing that works against ALL situations, no matter what age level or team, is the FUNDAMENTALS! It’s the little things that make the best teams and players.

Color Me Healthy - Eating for a Rainbow of Benefits - Sherry Miller

You will create a rainbow of colorful snacks that will be nutritional as well as fun. You will also learn about food safety and table manners.

Reading Comes to Life - Allison Walker

Come bring your favorite stories to life through plays and puppet shows that are performed and created by you! You will design and create your own costumes and puppets. You may be asked to bring everyday items from home to add to the show. The show will be created by you and your classmates’ imaginations. If you have been bitten by the acting bug this is for you! Lights, camera, action!

International Food Fair - Jeanna Rice

Have you ever wanted to take a trip to a faraway land? Join us as we explore other countries and sample some of their favorite foods! You will have fun learning about other places and get to cook up some delicious faraway fun!! All aboard!!


LEGO Camp 2014 will be announced in Spring 2014

Early Simple Machines: Ages 5-7

Students build fun and simple models like a seesaw, rolling vehicle, spinning top, raft, and many more. By playing with and manipulating the models, they experience pulleys, levers, gears, and wheels and axles, while exploring energy, buoyancy, and balance. Students work in teams of two or three. 

Space is limited.

Simple and Powered Machines: Ages 8-12

Students will build and explore machines and mechanisms, investigate motorized machines, calibrate and capture wind, and study gearing mechanisms. The activities enable students to work as young scientists, engineers, and designers and provides them with settings, tools and tasks that promote design technology, science and mathematics.

Advanced Simple and Powered Machines: Ages 8-12

Students who have mastered the basics of simple machines, structures and mechanisms are ready for Advanced Simple and Powered Machines. Using the Simple and Motorized Mechanisms kits, we've added four main activities, extension activities and problem-solving activities designed to give students a more in-depth understanding of simple machines, mechanisms, structures and mechanical advantage. Recommended for students who have completed Simple and Powered Machines Camp.

Quality Use of Exceptional Students' Talents (QUEST)

Saturdays, February 8-March 15, 2014

8:30 AM-Noon

Montessori Center of Jackson

Registration Fee: $150 per student, includes all materials, healthy snacks, and a Quest t-shirt

Calling all creative kids in Grades 1-3! Do you love to learn new things, just for fun? Ask a lot of questions and are you curious about everything? Learn new things quickly and easily? Get lots of wild and silly ideas and love to use your imagination? Enjoy working on new projects, inventing and creating?

We are seeking highly creative and academically talented students currently in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades to participate in a challenging and enriching Saturday program, in a peaceful and cooperative environment!

This spring our program topic is “Fractals and Fibonacci: The Mathematics of Nature.” Children will get to take a microscopic look at the fractals all around us, and create their own fractals; examine naturally occurring Fibonacci patterns, and create their own Fibonacci artwork; and examine the presence of the Golden Ratio in nature and create a unique creature using the Golden Ratio. Many additional activities and experiments will focus on both the topic and on building creativity and critical thinking skills.

Students will engage in games, activities and projects designed to stretch their brains and encourage the development of relationships with their like-minded peers. Each week students will bring home a "QUEST Quest"-a brief assignment related to our Saturday activities, to be completed before the next QUEST meeting.

During the first week of class parents are invited to hear a guest speaker talk about gifted children, and on our final Saturday parents and families are invited to the Montessori Center during the last hour of class to see some of our creations and experiments!

Finally, special dates and times the parents should know about: During the first week of class, 2/8/14, parents are invited to hear guest speaker Teri Canaday discuss gifted children. Ms. Canaday has over 35 years experience in education, and is a parent of gifted children.

During the final week of class families and friends are invited to a special final hour of QUEST, during which time the children will present some of the things they have learned, experiments, and activities from our six Saturdays together. Parents are welcome to arrive at 11:00 a.m.

How to apply:

Before you begin, you will need an email address for your child's classroom teacher. Part of the admission process includes a recommendation from your child's classroom teacher. Once you complete the online application, your child's teacher will receive an email explaining your child has applied for the program and requesting they complete the teacher recommendation portion of the application.

Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Please make sure the application is complete before hitting the submit button. It is advisable to alert your child's teacher to be watching for the email.


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