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College for Kids Course Descriptions

Jessie Dixon

Associate Professor and Chair of Modern Languages (Spanish)

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Galesburg`, IL 61401-4999



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The Knox College for Kids (College 4 Kids) catalog has been prepared for your use in reviewing and selecting a possible schedule for your child. The courses are listed under four major field headings: Fine Arts, Humanities/Social Sciences, Languages, and Science/Math. Please take time to read the course descriptions in detail. All of the offerings will allow your child to either build upon areas of strength or explore new interests.

Fine Arts

FA 201 Art-101
Instructor: Colleen Noonan
Art is for everyone, and so is this course! This hands-on course will be packed with several art experiences where you get to try drawing, painting, building, and much more. This course will have a focus on exploration of many art mediums and the discovery process. Students will use their own ideas combined with teacher guidance. Students will have the chance to experiment with art materials and also produce finished artworks. Students will be engaged by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic art instructor. If you enjoy art, you will enjoy this course. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 202 The Voice
Instructor: Alison Meuth
Come Join "The Voice." While on this vocal adventure, students will learn how our bodies work to produce beautiful sound. They will gain a better understanding of music terms and vocal vocabulary. Classical, pop, jazz, country, and musical theater pieces will be learned by the entire class. Some history and poetry analysis will be included to ensure the best possible performances. Students will also delve into acting techniques for singers as well confidence building exercises. The students will give a final performance on the last day of class for their family and friends. Students of all ages will find that they leave at the end of the experience with better stage presence, musical knowledge, and better overall vocal production. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 203 A Thinking Singer
Instructor: Semenya McCord
We'll explore various styles such as folk, gospel, jazz, pop, and musical theatre. We'll combine all the voices into a performing ensemble as well as encourage solo work, which can ease the transition from blending with a group into establishing a personal attraction as a soloist. Attention will be paid to maintaining a safe and healthy vocal experience as the voice matures. Each student may choose a specific song to work on that is appropriate for his or her age and vocal range, with the intent of a group performance at the end of the course. (Hours 2 & 3)

FA 204 Song Writing
Instructor: Justin Haynes
This course will focus on the art of creating music. Students will learn how to write simple melodies through the study of various musical styles. Each student will compose his/her own song as a final project for his or her own particular instrument (voice included). Students will be expected to bring their instrument to class every day. The class will conclude with a performance of all student compositions for family and friends on the final day of class. (Hour 1)

FA 205 Jazz
Instructor: Justin Haynes
This course will focus on not just the history of jazz in American culture, but also on the performance techniques that define this music. All students will learn how to improvise at a basic level through the study of several great jazz performers. Students will be expected to bring their instruments to class every day, and a brief concert will be performed for family and friends on the final day of class. (Hour 2)

FA 206 Music Around The World
Instructor: Justin Haynes
This course will focus on the study of music from not just American culture, but also the music of Brazil, Africa, Mexico, and parts of Europe. In addition to listening/studying dozens of musical examples, students will learn basic drumming patterns that define music from these cultures. You do not need to be a drummer in order to participate in this class. Students will perform a short concert of three short percussion pieces for family and friends on the final day of class. (Hour 3)

FA 207 Introduction to Hatha Yoga
Instructor: Tina Hope
This class explores the foundations of Hatha Yoga to promote increased flexibility, balance, and strength. We will focus on breathing techniques and how they connect to our body movements as we learn the basics of sun salutations, gentleback bends, twists, inversions, and other poses. This daily practice encourages optimal body alignment and a greater awareness of ourselves, and the world in which we live. Please bring a yoga mat, if you have one; I can provide mats for those who do not. (Hour 2)

FA 208 Intermediate Hatha Yoga
Instructor: Tina Hope
This class builds on the foundations of Hatha Yoga. For those of you who have practiced yoga before, join us on the mat as we dive into variations on the sun salutations, back bends, twists, inversions, and standing balances. We continue to encourage optimal body alignment and a greater awareness of ourselves and the world in which we live. Please bring a yoga mat, if you have one; I can provide mats for those who do not. (Hour 3)

FA 209 From Contemporary to Worship to Hip Hop
Instructor: Dushawn Darling

This course is designed for children. Students will investigate the origins of all three dance forms: contemporary, worship, and Hip Hop dance and how they all complement each other, and if put together, can create a unique dance and give them a more well-rounded movement vocabulary. This class will have an emphasis on movement by feeling, we will also learn how to change the quality and intention. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 210 Photography, The Universal Language
Instructor: Tom Foley
Photography, the Universal Language is an introduction to photography. Students will make and develop their own black and white photograms in a darkroom. We will learn about the history of photography, from 1826 to the present, including digital, Exposure, camera handling, available light, lenses, and electronic flash will also be covered. Owning a camera is not required to attend this course. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 211 Theatre Performance: From Page to Stage
Instructor: Tim Holmes
Students will explore acting techniques, improvisations, and storytelling while bringing folklore, fables, and fairy tales to life on the stage. Classmates will work together as they develop characters, plot, and create staging based on the words of a classic story. The play will be presented for visitors at the end of the session. (Hours 1 & 2)

FA 212 Dream Weavers
Instructor: Kathleen Bashem
Dream Weavers is the class for the student interested in learning the basics of weaving! Weaving is a fun way to free the inner fiber artist. Want to know the difference between your wrap and your weft? This is place for you! Students will use a cardboard loom to learn basic weaving techniques including tabby, basket weave, and twining. They will learn color combinations, patterning, and dye yarn, too! Students may choose to make a mug rug or wall hanging as a final project. Join Dream Weavers and turn your yarn art dreams into reality! (Hour 1)

FA 213 Knit Wits
Instructor: Kathleen Bashem
Knit Wits are some of the brightest fiber artists around! Knitting has made a comeback and is now one of the most popular and useful art forms in the U.S. It's definitely not your grandmother's pastime anymore! In this class, students will create a pair of knitting needles, learn beginning knitting stitches, work on a choice of simple knitting projects, and dye yarn. Learn a fun craft that can be enjoyed forever. You will love being able to say,"I made it myself!" (Hour 2)

FA 214 Amigurumi
Instructor: Kathleen Bashem
"Amigurumi" is the Japanese art of crocheting small animals and inanimate objects. The word combines the japanese "ami" (meaning crocheted) and "nuigurumi" (meaning stuffed doll). In this class, students will dye yarn and learn to follow a pattern to construct typical amigurumi. Basic crochet knowledge and proficiency is helpful. Expand your skills in a fun direction, and make some new friends (literally)! (Hour 3)

FA 215 Crochet is for Kids, Too!
Instructor: Sarah Scoggin
In this hands-on course, students will learn basic crochet stitches that they can use in variety of fun projects. Students will choose their first project from a selection of beginner pieces, including a headband, iPod Cozy, bookmark, or neck-warmer. Students will also have the opportunity to take a look at some amazing creations that are definitely fun, different, and unique for kids of all ages. Come create and gain inspiration for future projects. (Hours 1 & 2)

FA 216 Make a Movie
Instructor: Cortney Hill
Make a movie from the bottom up. Students will start with an idea, develop it into a storyboard, make some props, write a script, and then bring the entire project to life on the big screen. Students will develop the characters and cast the roles. Then the filming begins, followed by editing and finishing touches, and finally the hours of work become a published work of art! (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

Humanities/Social Sciences

HSS 201 Beyond the Books: Harry Potter O.W.L Level
Instructor: Elizabeth Buck
Explore "Muggle" versions of the classes students in Harry's world such as herbology, charms, astronomy, and more! We will also take look at a movie version of a story and see how it compares to the book. This activity-based class is meant for students who are fans of the Harry Potter books, but who may not yet have completed the series. Could you survive a Hogwarts potions class? Come give it a try! (Hour 1)

HSS 202 Beyond the Books: Harry Potter N.E.W.T Level
Instructor: Elizabeth Buck
This course is a discussion-based class for students who have read the books and are ready for the challenge of delving deeper into the series. We will examine some of the themes J.K. Rowling presented in the series and think about what we can learn from them. We will look at how she uses language and what clues she plants with it. We will create and run our own book-inspired businesses and celebrate with an "end-of-term" banquet. Come be an ultimate fan! (Hour 2)

HSS 203 Beyond the Books: Percy Jackson Camp Half-Blood
Instructor: Elizabeth Buck
Do you sometimes have trouble concentrating in class? Do you think your teachers might secretly be monsters? Could you possibly have secret powers? Perhaps this outpost of Camp Half-Blood is for you... You might be claimed for a "cabin," explore your Greek roots, and play "Capture the Flag." By the end of the class, we'll all be a little bit blue. (Hour 3)

HSS 204 Using Five Senses to Write!
Instructor: Huong Hua
Do you have a story to tell? Do you keep a journal? Are you a struggling writer in school? With a certain small, taste, or touch, does it bring a flood of painful or happy memories? We are going to use our five senses to write a memory that we can share with each other. (Hour 2)

HSS 205 Words! Words! And More Words!
Instructor: Huong Hua
What would you learn from playing Apples to Apples? Pictionary? How about Up-word? Boggle? Ohh, wait until you get to Scrabble! Put aside our modern gadgets and let's play some amazing educational games. (Hour 1)

HSS 206 Experience Africa: Culture, History, and Geography
Instructor: Jonathan Anderson
Come learn about the fascinating continent of Africa! With 54 countries, more than a 1000 languages, and one/sixth of the world's population, Africa is a diverse continent of cultures, geography, and histories! The course will present the diversity of Africa through presentations and activities on dancing, music, food, languages, folklore, religions, and clothing. Students will also learn about the geography of Africa and the various climates and wildlife that exist across the continent. Some aspects of the social and political history will also be taught, particularly the creation of modern Africa and the independence of nations. A main focus of the course will be to dispel several common stereotypes and myths regarding Africa. (Hour 1)

HSS 207 Sports Reporting
Instructor: Melvin Taylor, Jr.
In this course students will learn the in's and out's of Sports Journalism and reporting. During the class, we will learn why we enjoy sports, what they mean to us, and what roles they play within our lives. At the culmination of the course, students will present their work to the class in an attempt to answer those questions as well as gain experience reporting on sports stories. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

HSS 208 Roots Music: Cultural Expressions in the Americas
Instructor: William Hope
This class explores the rich histories of three string-band traditions in the Americas: the blues, old-time fiddle music, and Cuban son. We will learn about the ways in which music making can create such strong feelings of belonging even as it gives voice to the social struggles and the lived experiences of the people who make it. Our focus will be on active listening, better understanding the historical contexts that gave rise to these traditions, and having some fun as we make music together! If you like to sing or play a stringed instrument, and/or percussion, come join us as we dig a little deeper with these roots musics. PREREQUISITE: One year of experience making music (at home, in a school or church band, orchestra, choir, or with individual lessons.) (Hours 2 & 3)

HSS 209 Inspire Your Desire to Write!
Instructor: Heather Hellenga
Students will explore a variety of writing activities with an emphasis on illustrating and enhancing their work with art. Students will be exposed to figurative language while we write like there's no tomorrow and create 'till the cows come home! This course will be packed with fun lessons that will inspire both your brain and your heart. Sound sappy? It won't be as we create noticing and list
poems, personalized kites, chains of smiles, masterpiece-inspired poetry, and more! We'll knock this course out the park as we create similes and metaphors you can eat and have a blast as we get our creative juices flowing with "Dress Like an Idiom Day!" Students will create their own writer's notebook to keep as we navigate the realm of writing, drawing, and creating together. The possibilities are endless. (Hours 1 & 3)

HSS 210 Everything Chocolate
Instructor: Lacey Matthews
Do you crave chocolate? Did you know that the average American consumes about 11 pounds of chocolate a year? Does your favorite candy bar come from a plant? Explore the world of chocolate and learn fun facts to share with your family and friends. Become an expert on the history of chocolate, how it's made, what it's used for, chocolate's nutritional value, and of course what it taste like. Join us in unwrapping the sweet mysteries of chocolate. (Hour 2)


LG 201 Elementary Spanish
Instructor: Fernando Gomez
This course is designed to introduce elementary students to basic conversational and grammatical structures in Spanish. The course will be taught entirely in Spanish so that students will have a brief daily immersion experience which will allow them to learn and produce the following structures in Spanish: greetings and introductions, the alphabet, numbers 1-100, personal data, parts of the body, clothing, academic subjects, and favorite activities. The subject matter will be contextualized to better enable students to understand and express themselves through written and oral communication. In addition, they will learn about the cultures of various Spanish-speaking countries through songs in Spanish, photos, video clips, children's books, and food. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

LG 202 Beginning Japanese
Instructor: Chisato Kojima
This course is designed to introduce elementary students to basic conversational and grammatical structures in Japanese. (Hour 1)

LG 203 Languages of the World
Instructor: Jonathan Anderson
Why do people speak differently across the United States and across the world? How and why do we make the sounds that we make? Why can't we change the order of words in a sentence? Do animals have language? Come discover the answers to these questions! Students will learn and use the scientific process to gather data on their own language(s), explore the patterns they see, form hypotheses, and uncover the answers as to how and why people speak the way they do. Students will also learn how people create the sounds of speech, and learn how some speech sounds are pronounced in foreign languages. Students will apply what they learn to foreign languages, animal communication, and language games. The course will focus on the diversity of languages around the world, and the myths we have heard that surround our knowledge of how people speak. (Hours 2 & 3)


SM 201 Web Page Creation
Instructor: Christian Mahone
How are those cool pages on the Internet made? This is a beginning course for producing your own web pages. We will do some surfing ourselves to find fun, interesting, and safe web pages. Then we will design web pages, which will be available on the Internet. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

SM 202 Natural Disasters
Instructor: Lacey Matthews
Do you know what to do if a natural disaster were to occur today? Can you create a building that would withstand an earthquake? Did you know that lava is not the most deadly threat from a volcano? In this course, students will use higher level thinking skills to explore the natural disasters our world faces each year. Through hands-on experiments and engaging research, students will be able to answer all of the above questions and demonstrate a thorough understanding of natural disasters around the world. (Hour 1)

SM 203 The Planet Earth
Instructor: Peter Schwartzman
What is the planet is made of? Why do the oceans circulate? Why do plants grow in certain places and not in others? What are resources and where do they come from? We are going to discuss these issues and many others in the fields of oceanography, geology, agriculture, ecology, and climatology. Consideration will also be given to the impact that humans have had in these areas (both present and future). (Hour 2)

SM 204 Urban Agriculture
Instructor: Peter Schwartzman
Learn how to grow food in an urban environment using some of the best techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. Topics include vermicomposting, soil blocks, square foot gardening, organic weed/pest management, transplanting, soil management, and raised beds. (Hour 3)

SM 205 Garbology: The Study of Trash
Instructor: Paul Skrade
Ever wonder what happens to the things we throw away? Garbology is the study of modern reuse and trash. In this course students of all ages will find out about the problems caused by the 250 million tons of trash Americans produce each year -- and what we can do to help solve them! In addition to the traditional 3Rs of  "reduce, reuse, and recycle," students will learn about composting (with or without worms!) and cool ways to find new lives for ordinary objects that would normally get thrown in the garbage. The goal of the class is to make learning about sustainable waste management fun and interesting. (Hours 2 & 3)

SM 206 What Everything I Use, Wear, and Eat is Made from, and What That Means for the World
Instructor: Froggie Van Riper  
Participants will learn about how metals, fibers, plastics, fuels, and foods are gathered from the earth to make products for our use. Through hands-on activities, games, and discussion, they will explore their personal relationship with natural resources, from the point of extraction to disposal or recycling. Daily hands-on activities such as making recycled paper, simulating aluminum and plastic production chains, and playing the role of factory managers, among others! (Hours 1 & 3)

SM 207 Mental Math
Instructor: Mark Shroyer
Convert Fahrenheit to Celsius without a calculator. Mentally calculate a 15% gratuity for your parents after a night of fine dining. Multiply 1012 x 988 in seconds using the "Difference of Squares." Amaze your friends and relatives with your displays of mental gymnastics! Through daily drill and an application of concepts from algebra and geometry, we will have some fun with arithmetic. (Hour 1)

SM 208 Math Design Star
Instructor: Sarah Scoggin
What would your dream room look like? Using problem solving skills and the new knowledge they will acquire about scale drawings and scale factors, students will create the room of their dreams -- drawn to scale. Bring your imagination and creativity to this hands-on class that shows students that math is very much a part of our every day lives. (Hour 3)

SM 209 Astronomy and the Search for Extraterrestrials
Instructor: Nathalie Haurberg
Astronomy is the study of the nature and origin of the all the objects in the Universe beyond the Earth. This includes other planets and moons, stars, black holes, galaxies, and even the history and origin of the Universe itself. Students will learn what we know of the Universe beyond the Earth and how we have been able to decipher details about these objects. One of the most intriguing aspects of astronomy is the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial life and the search for it. We will be looking at a astronomy through the lens of the search for extraterrestrial life. We will discuss how this search is carried out and how our knowledge of astronomy helps us better understand the possibility of extraterrestrial life existing. As part of this we will also discuss the Earth as planet and what makes it an ideal home for life. (Hour 1)

SM 210 A STEM Approach to Bridge & Jet Toy Challenge
Instructor: John Van Nieuwenhuyse
Teams will learn through STEM, the approach which uses Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, to build the strongest bridge and fastest toy car. This class will work on designing and building bridges for the first week, then designing and building toy cars the second week. The students will start building simple bridges to understand the basic structure and forces of a bridge. We will be using computer programs and games to help design the strongest bridge. After the students learn what makes a bridge strong, they will be able to begin building. We will be using a variety of building materials including paper, tooth picks, coffee stirrers, and popsicle sticks. Next, we will be working in design teams, students will build and test model JetToys using different nozzles, and collect and analyze data to understand the effect of nozzle size on the performance of the toys. The engineering process we will be following is to design, building a prototype, test, and repeat. (Hour 1)

SM 211 Flying High with Soda Bottle Rockets
Instructor: John Van Nieuwenhuyse

Have you ever seen a soda bottle flying through the air? Well, if you take this class you will see several! We will start off by figuring out what makes a paper airplane soar across the room. Then, we will figure out what makes the plane stay in the air, come in for a landing, and what makes it fly really fast! We will then take what we learned and have a competition to see who can make a rocket that will stay in air the longest. Your rockets will go has high as a three story building...maybe higher. Sign up for this class and find out! (Hour 2)

SM 212 Rocket Science and Space Travel
Instructor: Nathalie Haurberg
Are you ready to become a real rocket scientist? It's not as hard as you would think! Learn about how rockets are powered and how we have been able to use them to take humans beyond the Earth. The history of space travel, though relatively short, is an amazingly interesting topic. We will discuss the space race of the '50s, the race to the moon in the '60s, the space shuttle era of the '80s, and the change to primarily robotic space flight that is taking place right now. We will also talk about the future of space flight, the challenges of long-term space missions, and how we may eventually be able to reach nearby stars or beyond. As part of the course students will build model rockets so they can put their new rocket science knowledge to work! (Hour 2)

SM 213 Mythbusters
Instructor: Mark Shroyer
Will my stomach really explode if I eat pop rocks and drink Pepsi? Does a penny dropped from a skyscraper have enough force to embed itself in to the sidewalk (or someone's head)? Do good luck charms really work? Combining a practical approach to science, hands-on experiments, and research, students will explore and engage with popular myths and see if they are "Plausible" or completely "Busted." Research will allow students to not only read about why things are true or not, but test it for themselves and gain a comprehensive understanding. (Hours 2 & 3)

SM 214 Decoding the Mysteries of Chemistry in Everyday Life
Instructors: Naomi Caro Tsuji and Marika Takemura
People, young and old, are exposed to many different chemical principles every day. Why does your toothpaste form bubbles? What is biofuel? Why was the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico such a problem to clean up? Why do we use soap? Why do we put salt on our driveway when it's icy? These questions can be answered with simple chemical principles and can be demonstrated with simple, fun chemical experiments. This experimental-based course, focused on late elementary students, will help us answer some of these "mysterious" questions. (Hours 1 & 3)

SM 215 World Geography
Instructor: Peter Schwartzman
Do you want to know more about the countries, rivers, mountains, flags, etc. than most adults you know? If so, this is the class for you. We will navigate around the world and find out where things are and what makes them so fascinating. In the end, you'll be ready to be captain on your school's geography team! (Hour 1 )

SM 216 Crime Scene Investigation for Kids
Instructor: John Van Nieuwenhuyse
Do you like trying to solve a good mystery? Do you like science? What about putting the two together in the same class? We are going to be doing just that! We will learn about the different types of fingerprints, learn to collect fingerprints, learn about different teeth impressions, and learn about different lip prints, figuring out shoe print impressions, handwriting characteristics, blood spatters -- all leading up to piecing together clues to help solve a mystery. There are several aspects of solving a mystery, and we are going to learn about several of them in this class. So, put on your thinking cap and join us for a crime solving journey! (Hour 3)

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