Upcoming Daytime Classes:

SEPTEMBER 2019 - MAY 2020

Fall semester begins on September 16, 2019. Register now!

(See current spring semester daytime classes here)


ABOUT THE KITE’S NEST DAYTIME PROGRAM: The Kite's Nest's Daytime Program provides a rigorous, creative, project-based, and wide-ranging curriculum for students ages 8 - 14, three days a week, from 9:30am - 3:00pm. Students may register for individual courses (a la carte), or for the Full Week Program (3 days/week). [Read more.]

 

Over the course of the year, daytime courses cover themes in science, ecology, literature, creative writing, history, anthropology, civics, research methods, Spanish, visual arts and community engagement. The year is organized into two semesters: Fall Semester (Sep-Dec) and the Spring Semester (Jan-June). Please contact us with any questions! We love getting to learn about families and students in advance and are happy to talk on the phone or meet in person.

Dates:
Fall 2019 Semester: September 16 - December 15, 2019. Please note that no daytime classes will be held on: October 14 (Indigenous Peoples Day), November 11 (Veterans Day); and November 27-29 (Thanksgiving). An end-of-semester expo with all participants and families will be held on Sunday, December 15.
Spring 2020 Semester: January 27 - May 31, 2020. Please note that no daytime classes will be held on: February 18-21 (Winter Break Camp), April 10-24 (Spring Break), and May 25 (Memorial Day). An end-of-semester expo with all participants and families will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Pricing: Each program has a per-course fee if you are registering for individual courses. Our Full Week Program tuition includes all three daytime courses. The three-day-a-week program will enable students and families to use Kite's Nest as a substantial social and academic support to their homeschooling endeavors. Sliding-scale and full scholarships are available for qualifying families. Payment plans are available to all. Please request a tuition assistance application to determine your tuition amount or payment plan.

  • Fall 2019 semester Full Week Program tuition: $2,400

  • Spring 2020 semester Full Week Program tuition: $3,000

  • Full year tuition: $5,000

  • Students may register for individual classes. Fees for each class listed below.

Register for the Fall 2019 - Full Week Program (3 days/week) here.
Register for the Full School Year - Full Week Program (3 days/week) here.

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FALL 2019 CLASSES:

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CIVIC POWER - 1 spot open

Mondays, 9:30am - 3:00pm | Ages 8 - 14
A crash course on government, politics and people power. With Kieran Riley and Ngonda Badila.
The toxic national political atmosphere around us has reinvigorated student interest in civics and power. How does it all work? Together we’ll break down how the political systems around us function (and sometimes don’t!)  [Read more.]

 

We’ll study how the US government is organized, from the local to the federal level: understanding the branches of government, the process of creating bills and laws, the electoral college, and the roles of parties, interest groups, and corporations in our country. We’ll look at how the U.S. is organized, in comparison to other countries around the world, with different systems for representation. We’ll analyze the local election in Hudson to understand the basic mechanics of elections and voting. We’ll read core texts like the constitution, listen to songs from Hamilton, and ask: what’s possible in the world of government, and what are the limitations? Maybe we’ll make our own comic books and zines to make sense of different political and economic systems, like socialism, communism, capitalism, anarchism, and fascism; maybe we’ll practice different forms of democracy in our own classroom. Like any board game, we have to know the rules of government in order to play: we’ll play games and role plays to simulate election debates and council meetings, seeing what it feels like to participate and to speak up about the issues we care about.

When we learn about how power works in the world, sometimes we can feel powerless. So how do people make change? We’ll learn about moments in our history when ordinary people came together to change political structures, to hold governments accountable, and to make deep and large-scale change. We’ll learn about people’s movements and campaigns for justice that are happening today, all around us. We’ll explore some of the strategies and tactics of these movements, with a special eye towards the role of youth. Kids can’t vote, but they’re making change in powerful ways around the world. What difference can young people make, and what makes youth voices uniquely powerful? As a class we’ll uncover some of the issues we care most about, reflect on our own positions in the world, and learn ways to build power for positive social change.   

#politics #government #socialjustice #campaigns #movements #whatisdemocracy #youthpower

Class fee: $850. Sliding-scale and full scholarships are available for qualifying families. Payment plans are available to all. Please request a tuition assistance application to determine your tuition amount or payment plan. Email hello@kitesnest.org or fill out this contact form to request an application or for any questions regarding registration.

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DETECTIVE ARTS & SCIENCE - waitlist only

Tuesdays, 9:30am - 3:00pm | Ages 8 - 14
Training ground for detectives and mystery sleuths. With Zebi Williams and Heylan Tsumagari.
Do you love a good mystery? The case of the missing glove? The story of the disappearing staircase? Have you ever imagined yourself as the protagonist in your own sleuthing-capade? You’re not alone. This semester we are going deep into the world of Detective Arts and Science: from mystery literature to forensic science and deductive reasoning. [Read more.]

 

We’ll learn how to conduct handwriting analysis, become masters of disguise, formulate disappearing ink, and practice deductive and inductive reasoning. We’ll study the mind, practice memory-building techniques, and challenge ourselves with theories of game and logic. We’ll study the history and methods of Cryptology, cracking codes and building ciphers. We’ll learn about forensic science: understanding fingerprints and DNA, and learning to see the world through the lens of Entomology (bug science). (Yes, studying bugs can help us solve puzzles!)

We’ll also journey into the world of mystery literature and detective fiction, learning to identify classic features like red herrings, locked rooms, and plot twists. We’ll start our own Sherlock Book Club, reading both classics and recent detective stories. Learning to identify the methods behind great suspense writing, and integrating our learnings into our own short stories.

Class fee: $950. Sliding-scale and full scholarships are available for qualifying families. Payment plans are available to all. Please request a tuition assistance application to determine your tuition amount or payment plan. Email hello@kitesnest.org or fill out this contact form to request an application or for any questions regarding registration.

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BOTANY & BIOSPHERES - waitlist only

Thursdays, 9:30am - 3:00pm | Ages 8 - 14
A living classroom in action for urban gardeners and scientists. With Briggin Scharf and Heylan Tsumagari. 
What powers life? How do plants communicate to each other? What is the relationship between a mushroom, a pine tree, and a human? With the new Kite’s Nest greenhouse as our living classroom, we’ll develop our technical skills as ecological researchers and urban gardeners, and deepen our connection and relationship to our food system. [Read more.]

 

We’ll dive into the study of ecology, learning about how all living things on Earth are interconnected -- from the deep roots of native trees and grasses, to the tidal habitats of the Hudson River flowing with glass eels and 14 foot sturgeons, to our own human families, communities and support networks. In the Biosphere of our greenhouse, we’ll learn about ecosystems and interdependence, from the basics of photosynthesis and nutrient cycling to the complexity of how plants and animals communicate. Outside the greenhouse we’ll discover the living soil food web of microorganisms and fungi networks that connect individual plants to one another. According to Goethe, science and art coexist, and the complex patterns of nature can only be understood fully through visual and sensory exploration; we will test this theory throughout our studies of the natural world with observational art making, plant rubbings and creative herbarium archiving, and full-sensory exploration of place and local ecosystems.

Our days will always include hands-on work with plants: we’ll grow our own vegetables and herbs, track the growth of our seeds, and be responsible for caring for a worm-composting system that provides nutrients and fertility to our garden produce. With our hands in the soil, we’ll build our knowledge about plant anatomy, soil science, botany, and biodiversity. We’ll learn about a range of agricultural systems, from Indigenous growing systems to the rise of industrial agriculture, and develop our own agricultural manifestos. We’ll become insect researchers, studying the symbiotic relationship between plants and insects, the magic of pollination, and tricks to recognizing undesirable pests that harm plant health and cause disease. We’ll also head out on field trips to expand and deepen our knowledge, connecting with inspiring food growers, ecologists and scientists, environmental activists and policy advocates in the region, and spending time at the new Everett Nack Education Center. And of course, we’ll harvest, prepare, and eat delicious food together!

#naturalsciences #lifeskills #ecology #symbiosis #agriculture #justice

Class fee: $900. Sliding-scale and full scholarships are available for qualifying families. Payment plans are available to all. Please request a tuition assistance application to determine your tuition amount or payment plan. Email hello@kitesnest.org or fill out this contact form to request an application or for any questions regarding registration.

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WINTER 2020 CLASSES:


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EN ESPAÑOL!

Mondays (TBD), 9:30am - 3:00pm, January 2020 - May 2020 | Ages 8 - 14
Arts, games, activities and field trips… in Spanish!
Como se dice...? This class is for students who want to learn and speak Spanish! For any students who took En Español in Spring 2019, this class is a perfect follow-up; new students and all Spanish levels welcome. En Español takes a creative and activity-based approach to teaching language. We’ll go on field trips, engage in arts activities, play games, read, write, sing, and work on personal projects --- all in Spanish! Each week we’ll spend the day together playing, laughing, and messing up in a language we’re learning together.  [Read more.]

 

We’ll go on field trips to visit local community spaces and restaurants, learning about various Spanish-speaking cultures and histories around the world. We’ll meet with folks from the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement who are organizing with and for immigrants in our communities, and learn about the issues facing Spanish-speaking people in our own city and county. We’ll play games, watch movies, learn the Spanish words to our favorite songs, create art projects, make media, and perform skits and plays. All en Español!

Throughout all of our games, activities and trips, we’ll build our vocabulary and grammar, develop basic skills in pronunciation and conversation, increase our ease with conjugating verbs and hone our ability to communicate across languages when we can’t understand.

Why learn Spanish? Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the U.S, and the primary language in many of our closest neighboring countries. In fact, so many people in the U.S. speak Spanish at home that the U.S. is the country with the 2nd largest population of Spanish speakers in the world. In other words, there are more Spanish speakers in the U.S. than in Spain! Being able to speak and understand Spanish is essential: it means being able to connect and communicate with our neighbors.

#culturalexchange #sisepuede #globalcitizens #amigos #cookinginspanish #bilingual

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EMPIRES & ENTROPY

Tuesdays, 9:30am - 3:00pm, January 2020 - May 2020 | Ages 8 - 14
The rise and fall of empires, told through the art of animation. With Zebi Williams.
What do history and stop motion animation have in common? They are both ways of exploring the passage of time. [Read more.]

 

In this class we’ll examine the rise and fall of ancient empires. De-centering the European narrative of history which often focuses only on “Western Civilization,” we’ll take a truly global view: looking at the ebbing and flowing stories of global powers that  often collided with and/or fortified one another. Who was Genghis Khan, and what did the Mongolian Empire look like? What can we learn about the Moors, and the spread of Arabic knowledge of math and science across the European peninsula? What can these histories teach us about power, and how can we learn to complicate stories beyond the clashes of heroes and villains? How did the world’s empires and dynasties of the past shape our society today? We’ll use the art of stop motion animation to retell and understand what we’re learning, and to share it with others.

#history #complicatingourstory #dismantlingwhitesupremacy #nonbinary

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MOBILE CLASSROOM: ART PASS

Thursdays (TBD), 9:30am - 3:00pm, January 2020 - May 2020 | Ages 8 - 14
A traveling class for explorers, artists, and storytellers. With Pamela Badila.
There are so many surprising, mysterious, fun and fascinating places to explore as a young person growing up in the Hudson Valley. But how do you find out where they are? If a kid has an interest, where can they go to explore it? And how could our many community spaces be better designed for kids and youth? This class will be part Publishing Studio and part Mobile Classroom (back by popular demand!)  [Read more.]

 

Our task this semester is to create a guide for – and by – youth. On some weeks we’ll head out on adventures throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond: visiting museums, community art centers, landmarks, abandoned buildings and natural spaces. We’ll go as writers, photographers, and researchers: asking questions and gathering all the information we need for our project. What’s the most fun, engaging or weird thing you noticed? What’s the best bathroom to go to? What ages is each site good for? What could make them better?

We’ll bring our findings back to our Publishing Studio, where we’ll synthesize what we’ve seen, heard, and learned. Should we create a pop-up guide book? A scavenger map? A magazine? Together we’ll conceive, write, illustrate, copy, paste, mold, shape, edit and compile a work of our own, to share our favorite places of the Hudson Valley and beyond.

#community #arts #publishing #youth #fieldtrips #cityasschool

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