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Categories: Programs and Events

fifty shadesWe have an exciting program planned for our teenage students next weekend! We’ll be celebrating the release of the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie with a weekend read of the trilogy.

We’ll have a series of events themed around the Fifty Shades novels for our students to enjoy, and will have small group discussions about the books, with a focus on how the adult themes presented in the novels can be applied to their own lives.

This is a “no parents” event that will be staffed entirely by the CLEEC, with the hope that by working with our team outside of the presence of teachers and parents our kids will open up more about how these novels are impacting them, and discuss some of the prominent themes (especially those dealing with sexuality) more readily.

Fifty Shades of Grey

A best-selling work across the globe and budding movie franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey is a teen-romance with a dark edge. The novel deals with many of the main coming of age themes present across the canon of classic literature, but literally throws the issues in the face of the reader as the characters deal with issues of sexual awakening, many of them in a disturbed setting.

If you haven’t yet read the book, get it from Amazon or download the audio before the program from http://fiftyshadesofgreyaudiobooks.com/

Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker expands upon many of the same themes of budding sexuality presented in Fifty Shades of Grey. The novel picks up where the first left off, and takes the reader on an emotional and disturbing ride!

Grab the book from Amazon or Listen to the Fifty Shades Darker audiobook before you come!

Fifty Shades Freed

The third and final book of the series, Fifty Shades Freed is perhaps the darkest of them all. Also scheduled for a movie production sometime within the next 2-3 years, the prominence of this book is not going away any time soon!

If you’ve already read the first two books of the series but haven’t gotten to this one yet, we encourage you to get a jump start before next weekend! Click here to get the book or get the Fifty Shades Freed audiobook and listen to the book before next weekend!

We know that these works present a number of challenging and complex issues for our teens to deal with, which is a big part of the reason why we think it’s so important for our teens to be able to have a free event where they can come and discuss the novels on their own terms.

If you’d like to sign up, please contact us for more information and to register for the event.

Categories: Education Tips

reading fun kidsEducation is our primary mission here at CLEEC, and we believe it is absolutely essential that education extend beyond the classroom and merge with all aspects of our children’s education.

One key area where we, as a nation, are falling surprisingly far behind is literacy. Many of our nation’s children spend far too many hours sitting in front of their phones, tvs, or computer screens, and far too little time sitting down with a good book.

Let’s look at a few ways we can help our children read more.

Make It Fun

The first and most important suggestion is that you do everything in your power to make reading fun.

The habits and associations that we form as children tend to stay with us throughout our lives, manifesting in different ways. If a child begins to associate reading with boring “work” or something that’s difficult or unachievable, those negative associations can greatly hinder him throughout his life!

On the other hand, if we can find ways to make reading enjoyable, the child will gravitate towards learning throughout not just his academic career, but his entire life!

A few suggestions include allowing the child to pick the books he will read, rather than force certain material onto him. This has the highest probability of keeping the child engaged with the work and will make him more likely to keep reading.

Another tip is to create other fun associations or rewards with reading. Charting progress through books on a scoreboard, or having the child earn rewards for reading different books are two examples of how you can motivate him to read!

Click here for more ways to make reading fun from Oprah.com!

Encourage them to Listen to Difficult Books on Audio

One excuse many children have is that they don’t read because it seems difficult. We want to be able to find a balance between encouraging our kids to explore challenging reading material and push the limits of their own knowledge, but not so challenging that they feel overwhelmed with the process and are unable to read because they feel frustrated, disengaged, or even stupid!

To help with this, we encourage you to try having your child listen to a book as he or she reads it. This can be extraordinarily helpful. In fact, almost everyone first learns to read this way, and then we tend to get away from the habit as we get older.

One great resource to check out is audiobooksforkids.org, which has a wide selection of audio books for your child to choose from, including titles like the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid audiobook and The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe audiobook.

Working with materials like these is a great way to both encourage independence (since you don’t have to be sitting next to the child reading!) and simultaneously push their own boundaries with what they perceive as challenging books.

Categories: Programs and Events

In case you didn’t receive the newsletter earlier this month, we’re having an exciting Halloween Spectacular here at the CLEEC!

Our theme this year is magical worlds, so we’ve picked two of the most popular fantasy book series of all time to focus on for the event: Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings!

The Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings Audiobooks Theme

harry potter costume ideaWe came up with our theme this year because we wanted to shine a spotlight on how interactive education can really inspire our kids and let their imaginations run.

Rather than having a theme based simply on the books, and encouraging everyone to read the novels before the event, we decided a slightly more modern (and more spook-tactular!) way would be to offer free audio downloads of the Harry Potter and LotR novels.

That way, you can get a real sense of some of the spookier elements of each series in a way that makes the books come to life!

Check out LordoftheRingsAudiobooks.com and HarryPotterAudiobooks.org for free downloads before the event!

Costume Contest

lord of the rings costume contestWe encourage you to dress up as your favorite character from either Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings, so whether you want to come dressed as a wizard or a muggle, a dwarf, hobbit, elf, or orc, we’re excited to see your creativity in costumes shine!

We’ll be having a costume contest starting around 3:00 on Saturday, with winners announced at 4:00.

Costumes will be judged based on creativity and passion for the character you chose, not for the character itself. In other words, don’t feel like you have to dress up as Harry or Frodo in order to win!

We really want to encourage diversity, so pick any character or theme inspired by either of these two series, and let your imagination run!

Check out this buzzfeed article for some ideas!

See You Saturday!

We look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday! Festivities start at 12:00. Prease bring a snack or drink to share.

We have a full afternoon of events planned, and may even have a special screening of a surprise film! Here’s a sneak peek!

Categories: Uncategorized


November 26 – November 28, 2015
A Family Camp For All Ages

artist todd drakeCome explore art and nature in one of the East Coast’s most beautiful settings, Cape Lookout National Seashore.  CLEEC and artist/educator Todd Drake have teamed up to offer a unique learning experience scheduled for this October.  

Drake, a professional artist and outdoor enthusiast, will offer learning experiences valuable to the novice and experienced artist.  All ages are invited to attend this hands-on weekend experience.  Exploring the relationship of nature to art, participants will enjoy activities from sculpture making with natural materials, to painting, drawing, and silkscreening.  

NO ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE OR TALENT IS NECESSARY. 

Participants will also learn about other artists, discover important creativity principles, make art and have time to explore the natural beauty that is Cape Lookout.  Sign up soon!  Space is limited.

Camp sessions are limited to 24 people.  Registration is done on a first come, first serve basis.  A minimum of 10 people is required for the camp session to be held.

Cost for each session is $150.00 per person.  Costs include instruction, transportation to and from CLEEC by ferry, lodging, lunch and dinner on Friday, all meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. 

*A non-refundable deposit of $25.00 per person is required to hold a space.

Session begins at 12:00pm on Friday and end at 11:00pm on Sunday.

Information packet including release forms, packing list and directions will be mailed to participants upon receipt of registration form and deposit.

Categories: Programs and Events

A Family Camp For All Ages

Birding on the North Carolina Coast

October 23-25th, 2015

water birdsIf you’ve ever pictured yourself on an undeveloped shoreline watching the Southbound flight of migratory waterbirds, sign-up now to bring imagination to life!

This weekend program is designed to let you experience the remarkable beauty and solitude of Cape Lookout National Seashore, while learning about Southbound waterbirds that pass over the area.  You have the opportunity to spot gannets, scoters, loons and various species of pelagic birds during field trips to Cape Lookout point with renowned birder John Fussell.  Learn how to easily identify common shorebirds on Shackleford Banks with a “key” devised by John.  Bird related art activities will spark your creativity.  

Enjoy good food, great views and the opportunity to learn about the remarkable birds that frequent Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Camp sessions are limited to 24 people.  Registration is done on a first come, first serve basis.  A minimum of 10 people is required for the camp session to be held.

Cost for each session is $220.00 for participants 12 years and older/$200.00 for participants under 12 years old.  Costs include instruction, transportation to and from CLEEC by ferry, lodging, lunch and dinner on Friday, all meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. 

*A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 per person is required to hold a space.

Session begins at 12:00pm on Friday and end at 12:00pm on Sunday.    

Information packet including release forms, packing list and directions will be mailed to participants upon receipt of registration form and deposit.