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College for Kids Course Descriptions


Knox College for Kids

Deborah Steinberg, Director of Campus Sustainability

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2017 course descriptions coming soon! Check out last year's descriptions below.

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. Take time to read last year's course offerings in detail. All of the offerings will allow your child to either build upon areas of strength or explore new interests.


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. Student will be engaged by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic art instructor! If you enjoy art, you will enjoy this course. Returning students are welcome to repeat the course. We will have all new projects! (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 202: Ceramics (Instructor: Bridget Doherty)
Come explore the wonderful world of clay! In this class, students will investigate and discover the different hand-building methods such as pinch pots, coil pots, and slab construction. Students will learn about the unique technical elements of clay, get dirty, and get to make fun works of art out of clay! (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 203: Knitwits (Instructor: Kathleen Bashem)
KnitWits 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 any more! In this class, students will create a pair of knitting needles, learn beginning knit stitches and work on a choice of simple knitting projects while learning a fun craft you can do forever! Students will also dye their own yarn! You will love being able to say, "I made it myself!" Returning students are welcome to repeat this class.

FA 204: 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! Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hour 1)

FA 205: Photography: The Universal Language (Instructor: Tom Foley)
This course is an introduction to photography, the universal language. It emphasizes learning by hands on experiences. Students will make and develop their own black and white photo-grams. We will discuss the history of photography (which first started in 1825). Other topics will include exposure, composition, lenses, portraits, electronic flash and night photography. Owning a camera is NOT required to attend this course. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 206: Drum Circle (Instructor: Jill Marasa)
Students will have the opportunity to perform many types of percussion instruments in a drum circle ensemble. You don't need to know how to read music to perform excellently, for the rhythms are all language based, so everyone can play! Performance technique and musical concepts (call and response, complimentary rhythms, dynamics and texture) will be taught so that students can perform as part of a larger percussion ensemble that will result in a really cool performance on the last day of camp. Rhythm is FUN-damental to all people so everyone can play. (Hour 3)

FA 207: Making Music (Instructor: Jill Marasa)
Students will have a great time exploring what exactly makes music and what found objects (trash cans, pots and pans, etc.) can sound awesome in a music composition. We will also explore the weird and cool sounds that traditional instruments can make when played in unconventional ways - nothing is too weird sounding for this class! By the end of the camp, students will learn what it takes to compose a sound tone poem or sound song and understand and apply the process of how composers really do compose music. (Hour 2)

FA 208: Amigurumi Crochet (Instructor: Kathleen Bashem)
In this hands-on class, students will learn basic Tunisian crochet stitches and single crochet. These stitches will then be used to create amigurumi. "Amigurumi" is the Japanese art of crocheting small animals and inanimate objects. The word combines "ami" (meaning crocheted) and "nuigurumi" (meaning stuffed doll). Students will dye yarn and learn to follow a pattern to construct typical amigurumi. Expand your skills in a fun direction, and make some new friends (literally)! Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hour 1)

FA 209: Let's Dance! (Instructor: Crystal Williams)
A class in which students will become familiar with four different cultural dances. Students will learn about the cultural influences and importance of each dance, along with specific mechanics and techniques to replicate those dances. Students will first read and discuss what dance is and how it differs depending on where you live, watch a video of the dance being performed, and last try the dance out for themselves. This class will allow students to become familiar with ways in which dance has an impact on many cultures. It will allow students to move and hopefully spark some interest in dance outside of class. Get on your feet and Let's Dance! (Hour 2)

FA 210: Use the Force! (Instructor: Lily Blouin)
Grab your wand! Grab your light saber! If all else fails, use the force! In this fast-paced movement-based unit students will learn basic stage combat techniques and terminology as it pertains to storytelling and theatre arts. Trading traditional stage combat weapons for the ones used in Harry Potter and Star Wars, students will explore movement as a method of storytelling; develop acting skills as they apply to physical and emotional conflict on stage; improve movement coordination, physical fitness, and self-confidence; and learn the importance of teamwork and communication as they learn and perform an epic fantasy fight scene to end all fight scenes!(Hour 2)

FA 211: Jazz Combo (Instructor: Jill Marasa)
Students who have played an instrument for one, two or more years or have sang in choir are invited to join the C4K Jazz Combo! Students will perform bluesy jazz tunes, Jazz-rock fusion tunes and jazz-latin tunes, that are fun and easy to learn. We will learn about the history of American Jazz and the many cultural influences and jazz-rock-latin fusions that came about only in America. Students will have the opportunity to improvise and create their own melodies to the 12 bar blues form while getting a feel for the jazz swing beat and style. Required: Students will need to bring their instrument to class everyday so that we can practice our jazz tunes for the concert on the last day of camp! Also Required: Students must have their own instruments and be able to read music to some degree. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 212: Rain Check (Instructor: Ayla Mir)
Do you like to stay indoors when it's rainy or snowing outside, but don't know how to stay busy? In this DIY-based class, everyday you will learn a new skill geared towards how to have fun with household objects and stay busy! Rain Check involves all those crafty ideas you had, heard of, or read about, and saved for a rainy day. Students will learn how to use everyday, household materials for crafty purposes, learning to have fun without the internet - which is an important skill in this ever-so-technological era. This class is centered around the idea that what you can find at home is a treasure trove of goodies, if only you know where to look! (Hour 2)

FA 213: Prep Choir: Into the Caribbean (Instructor: Ashaunti Roby)
A beginning chorus theory unit in which students with little to no music theory or voice background dig deep into learning a song, basic theory vocabulary which develops musicianship, and explore music of a different culture. Students will learn beginner music theory terms which will help them read simple melodies, demonstrate and understand singing techniques, while exploring the cultural aspects of Panama through Panamanian folk repertoire. Students will be able to read straightforward music and compare their lifestyles to Panamanian lifestyles. During the course students will learn a piece of music or a few short folk melodies from which the class chooses from a list of Panamanian songs. The class will then learn theory terms by demonstrating it when introduced in music repertoire(s), a little Spanish from translating the song(s), the cultural aspects by the unique words of the meaning of the song(s). The end of the program will include a performance of the pieces learned in class. Join to explore your hidden musical abilities! (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 214: Concert Choir: The African Experience (Instructor: Ashaunti Roby)
A theory based unit including exploring the cultural aspects of the specific aspects of Nigerian lifestyles and digging deeper into musical analysis for students with moderate musical backgrounds. Students will build on their knowledge of musical terms and expand their music vocabulary while being able to further analyze the music repertoire exploring the question, Why is music important? Students will strengthen their musicianship skills and music appreciation. During this course students will learn to analyze music through musical techniques such as types of modes and textures. The students will explore the various differences and similarities between their lifestyles the lifestyle of children their age in group in Nigeria through the music repertoire. Students will be able to improve their voices and produce a more mature and healthy sound. Students will gain confidence and at the end of the course perform the repertoire learned in class. Join the class to become steps closer to being a professional singer and musician. (Hour 3)

FA 215: Train Your Dragon (Instructor: Sarah Myer)
An artistic constructive process will be used to create and discover Vikings and dragons based on a popular movie. Projects will include developing, evolving and constructing dragon drawings, dragon eggs, Viking shields, and helmets. Various tools and processes will be used such as; papier mache, drawing skills, paintings, and metal tooling. The artistic approach will encourage designs and the development of final projects encouraging creativity and development of the elements and principles of art. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)


LG 201: Lingua Latina Vivit! (The Latin Language Lives) (Instructor: Brian Tibbets)
Lingua Latina Vivit! will focus on the spoken Latin language, its English derivatives, and its influence in our society today. Students will begin by learning basic Latin words and phrases related to emotions, greetings, colors, body parts, and numbers. Students will explore Latin phrases still in use in our legal systems, medical terms, science, and popular culture. Students will take field trips around the Knox campus and Standish arboretum to see real Latin and its derivatives. Students will find connections between Latin and the other Romance languages and on its influence on the English language. Students will also develop an appreciation for the basics of oral Latin and, by the end of the class, will be able to converse in basic spoken Latin. (Hour 3)

LG 202: Spanish (Instructor: Lorena Amarillo)
This course will introduce students to basic conversational and grammatical structures in Spanish. The course will be taught entirely in Spanish (appropriate to the beginning level) so that students will have a chance to use Spanish as they learn it! Students will learn: greetings & introductions, the alphabet, numbers, clothing, how you are feeling, and talking about your favorite activities. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hour 3)


HS 201: Es Romanus! (Be a Roman!) (Instructor: Brian Tibbets)
We all have an image of ancient Romans walking through the forum in clean white togas, but is it really true? Come find out the way real Romans lived! We will explore daily habits of all aspects of Roman culture, from their names, to the way they dressed, to the food they ate, to the way they spent their free time. This hands-on course will allow participants to fully immerse themselves in the lives and culture of one of the most fascinating civilizations of the ancient world! (Hour 1)

HS 202: Heroes and Villains (Instructor: Paul Marasa)
This interdisciplinary course considers various definitions of "hero" and "villain," beginning with but not limited to the Western/European tradition. Working from the perspective of the humanities, including philosophy, literature, and cultural anthropology, we will explore the basic values that lead us to define heroes and villains, and will clarify those values through literature, film, and television, as well as comic books, video games, and sports-not to mention "everyday heroes" or role models, those figures in history and our daily lives that most intimately shape our values. We will also create our own stories/myths of heroes and villains. (Hour 1)

HS 203: How to Watch a Movie (Instructor: Paul Marasa)
How to Watch a Movie explores the visual and aural strategies and techniques of filmmaking-editing, camera placement, framing, sound and music, art direction, and so on-in terms of their total effect on the moviegoer. Along the way, students will learn about the history of the movies, from early optical experiments to the digital realm. We will also engage in hands-on learning through the development of story boards, a basic planning tool for filmmakers. The goal of this course is to develop students' critical faculties, so that they become aware not only of the story and acting, but the influence of the director and the many technicians and artists who collaborate in producing this most popular of art forms. (Hour 3)

HS 204: 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 'til 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 similes, masterpiece-inspired poetry and more! We'll knock this course out of the park as we invent jingles for edible oxymorons 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! Students who have taken this class before are welcome to return as we will be keeping some favorites and adding new activities! (Hours 2 & 3)

HS 205: Beyond the Books: Percy Jackson Camp Half Blood (Instructor: Beth 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 camp, we'll be be a little bit blue. (Hour 2)

HS 206: Beyond the Books: Harry Potter O.W.L. Level (Instructor: Beth Buck)
Explore "Muggle" versions of the classes students in Harry's world take--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)

HS 207: Beyond the Books: Harry Potter N.E.W.T. Level (Instructor: Beth 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!

HS 208: A Sailor's Life for Me! (Instructor: )
In this hands-on-history unit students will explore the life of a sailor in the age of sail! Through role-playing and cooperative learning activities, students will be immersed intellectually, physically and emotionally in the life of a sailor in the 1800's Students will examine the stories of actual sailors, learn to identify historical evidence in sea shanties, and master the tricks of the trade, such as knot tying, celestial navigation, and sailor-speak, as they uncover the simple joys and hardships of a life at sea. Come aboard, Matey!(Hour 2)

HS 209: Fairytales: There's More than Just Disney (Instructor: Emily Williams)
This creative course will explore a deeper understanding of fairytales with through readings and discussions. Students in the course will dive into the literary content, morals and characters of a variety of stories. The end of the term, students will write their fairytales and share them with the class. (Hour 1)

HS 210: Past to President (Instructor: Ayla Mir)
If you've been watching the presidential debates with your family and dream of becoming President of the United States when you grow up, here's where you'll learn how! Students will engage in activities learning about the great things past presidents did, and the problems they faced, including a Mount Rushmore drawing competition! During the second quarter of the program, students will learn about the electoral process through role-playing activities including a Whodunit mystery case, featuring ideas like dressing the part, being open to varying opinions, and how to win over the masses. The unit will culminate in a fun two-day process of students nominating their classmates, campaigning for each other, and finally casting votes to decide who will be the "next" President! For 7th and 8th graders, this class will also include introduction to political parties and choosing a side once nominated. (Hour 1)

HS 211: Teamwork makes the Dream Work (Instructor: Ayla Mir)
Just as the name suggests, this class is all about teamwork. Featuring two activities per class, students will engage in classic icebreakers to begin with and by the end of the program, have worked their way to more elaborate strategy games like Kick the Can and Capture the Flag. The purpose of this unit is to promote tolerance and acceptance among different groups of children, and in this vein, will feature a rotation of teams and groups each activity, with new team leaders every class. Students will engage in both an indoor and outdoor portion, working with each other to generate a more open community, in reflection of what the actual Knox College campus looks and feels like when it is in session. (Hour 3)

HS 212: The Hobbit (Instructor: Mike Davidson)
We will have lots of fun reading the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit! We will discuss key elements of the theme and plot, learn new words, and even make our own illustration with colored pencils. Some parts of the story will be read together, and some independently. Each student will receive a used copy of the book. Let's join in the adventure together! (Hours 2 & 3)

HS 213: Young Writers (Instructor: Cassie Panganiban)
Do you have an interest in creative writing? If so, this course is designed for you! In these two weeks, we will explore multiple forms of creative writing, introducing students to found poems, bio poems and creative prose. In class, we will work together to brainstorm and write our own work, interview each other, and share our work that we choose with others in the class. (Hour 2)

HS 214: Science Fiction (Instructor: Paul Marasa)
This course will examine the history of science fiction in literature, film and television, with a focus on defining science fiction as a genre and exploring its major themes. Along the way, we'll discover the deep influence of science fiction in not only popular culture but also science itself, from advances in nuclear physics and mechanical engineering to space travel and medicine. Most of all, though, we'll become explorers ourselves, constructing our own stories and asking that central question of SF: "What if ... ?" (Hour 2)


SM 201: Magic (Instructor: Penny Wagher)
Must have completed 3rd Grade. Have you ever watched a magician either on TV or in person and wondered how the magic worked? In this class you will not only have those questions answered, but you will learn how to perform incredible tricks yourself. The tricks will use common materials that you can find around the house. Each magician will make their own magic kit and add several new tricks to it each day. Each evening you will be able to practice on your friends and family. On the final day a magic show will be held for the families. This could be the beginning of a new hobby! (Hours 1 or 3, dependent upon enrollment)

SM 203: Unlimited Inventions (Instructor: Penny Wagher)
If you have ever wondered why or how machines work or are the type of person who enjoys making things and taking them apart, then this is the class for you. Using German-made Capsela Building sets, the students will learn how to construct following diagrams everything from basic cars to vacuum cleaners to cranes, all of which really move on land or water. Each capsule is constructed out of clear plastic so you can really see how a clutch or front wheel drive works. Time will also be given for you to create your own inventions which can be raced for speed or distance. If you can imagine it, then you can build a working model. (Hour 2)

SM 204: Web Page Creation (Instructor: Rob Hull)
Explore the Internet in an entirely new way! This is a beginning course for students interested in learning how to make fully interactive web pages. During this class we will learn the basics of making a web page, finding and editing images, and using the Internet safely. Students will also explore what design elements make an appealing web page. Using designing/editing software each student will create a final web page of his or her own design. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hours 1 & 2)

SM 205: Get Started With Programming (Instructor: Mike Davidson)
Gain a brief introduction to computer programming writing code with Visual Basic. Work through and then modify basic programs and get a feel for what it's like to write computer code. Topics include variables and types, basic input/output, and basic conditional statements. We will write and test our code online. (Hour 2)

SM 206: Building with Fischertechnik (Instructor: Mike Davidson)
Build manually powered models of basic machines, vehicles, and even amusement park rides. Learn to follow various wiring diagrams, some including sensors and electromagnets, then power it up! Topics such as quality control and testing will be covered. Have a blast working with Fischertechnik building kits! (Hour 3)

SM 207: Math and Basketball (Instructor: Patrick Ford)
In this course, students will use basketball as a means of learning a variety of basic mathematics concepts including addition, subtraction and multiplication. Students will get a chance to exercise while building a foundation for better math skills through creative play. (Hour 2)

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