UPCOMING WINTER/SPRING CLASSES: JANUARY 28 - JUNE 2, 2019

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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 social studies, history, anthropology, writing, literacy, math, statistics, visual arts, foreign language, design thinking, anatomy, biology and community engagement. The year is organized into two semesters: Fall Semester (Sep-Dec) and Winter/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:
Winter/Spring 2019 Semester: January 28 - June 2, 2019.
Please note that no daytime classes will be held on: February 18 - February 22 (Winter Break Camp); April 22 - April 26 (Spring Break Camp); April 29 - May 3 (Kite's Nest closed); and Monday, May 27.
An end-of-semester expo with all participants and families will be held on Sunday, June 2.

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 2018 semester Full Week Program tuition: $2,250

  • Winter/Spring 2019 semester Full Week Program tuition: $2,750

  • Full year tuition: $4,500

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

Register for the Full Week Program (3 days/week) here.

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GAME DESIGN + INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING

Mondays, 9:30am - 3:00pm | Ages 8 - 14
The math and mechanics of play, the stories and worlds of games. With David Eustace and Zebi Williams. 
This class is an intro to analog game design, with a special focus on the story development and world-building that make our favorite games so absorbing. This class is a continuation of last year’s popular game design class; new and returning students are welcome. [Read more.]

For students interested in video game design, analog games -- like board, dice and card games, parlor games, street games, and roleplaying games -- are the best place to start. In this class we’ll explore the math and mechanics of games, learning about probability, randomness, luck, logic, algorithms, strategy, rule systems. And we’ll develop our design-thinking skills, creating and testing our own games.

This semester we’ll focus in on the ways that storytelling and world-building have become increasingly important in the world of games, combining game design with the art of narrative and self-expression. Interactive storytelling is a growing field of study for many in literary, media and tech communities. From linear stories to branching narratives, user-generated stories, choose-your-own-adventures, and parallel paths, designers are increasingly recognizing that the journey is often a key part of the game experience. Expansive worlds form the backdrop of many of our favorite games, with entire histories, cultures, landscapes and placenames developed around our play.

We’ll look at a range of games to ask: How do game designers construct worlds and stories? Can we convert stories into games, and games into stories? How can we engage the techniques of creative writing, traditional storytelling, historical narratives, and visual art to deepen the purpose of our games and the missions of our characters? What do the games we play teach us about human culture? What kinds of topics can our games address, what kinds of meanings and lessons could our games explore? At the end of the semester we’ll host our very own game fair, sharing our designs with our families, friends, and the local gaming community. #gamedesign #gamers #fantasy #worldbuilding #21stcenturyskills #boardgaming #magiccards #mysterytheater #storytelling #literacy #chooseyourownadventure

Class fee: $1,000. 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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SCIENCE OF DOCTORS

Tuesdays, 9:30am - 3:00pm | Ages 8 - 14
Journeys through medicine, anatomy, first aid and herbalism. With Ngonda Badila and Heylan Tsumagari.
Become a doctor for a semester! We’ll dress up in scrubs and look at anatomy, health, and medicine through a range of cultures and knowledge systems. Spend the day in the classroom with guest speakers from the Red Cross, who will walk you through CPR and defibrillator use. Learn the four techniques of assessing a patient, check for vital signs, and develop the same adaptable problem-solving skills as trained professionals in the medical field. Play with surgical simulation systems and conduct biological lab experiments. Take a visit to the local hospital, interview EMTs - and maybe restock a field-ready ambulance. [Read more.]

We’ll also spend time connecting with Eastern Medicine ways, learning about the bioelectrical body with guest acupuncturists and massage therapists who can help us work with pressure points and the body meridian. Learn how to read blood test results and decipher the pH balance of our own bodies. We’ll identify local medicinal plants in our region, building our own classroom apothecary. As doctors-in-training we’ll explore what to do when there are no doctors: How do you suture a wound, care for a burn victim, or build a splint for a broken arm when in the wild?

We’ll also look at the world of medicine through the lens of veterinarians. If humans and animals experience some of the same injuries, diseases and disorders, (and they do), then what can we learn from our shared evolutionary legacy with animals? Field trips to animal hospitals, farms, a horse ranch and possibly a zoo will support our exploration.

Throughout our explorations we’ll ask: What is the history of medicine? What are ethical questions in medicine, and how have they evolved over time? We’ll investigate medical science artifacts and the diversity of ways that people have perceived health throughout history, using examples that range from prehistoric surgical tools to modern medical equipment: Early X-ray apparatuses, the penicillin mold, the original polio vaccine, the first artificial heart implanted in a human, the earliest genetically-engineered drugs, bloodletting and dental instruments. #biology #anatomy #medicine #medicalanthropology #ethics #EMS #CPR #labexperiments #doctor #veterinarian

Class fee: $1,000. 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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EN ESPAÑOL!

Thursdays, 9:30am - 3:00pm | Ages 8 - 14
Creative and interactive Spanish immersion.
In this language immersion class, we’ll go on field trips, engage in creative arts activities, play games, read and write and sing... in Spanish! The best way to learn a language is to dive in. Each week we’ll spend the day together playing, learning, laughing, and messing up in a language we’re learning together. We’ll cook and share meals together in Spanish, learning the names of ingredients and figuring out how to follow and give directions.  [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 and in our own community. 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 immigrants in our own city and county. Writing to pen pals in Spanish-speaking countries will give us a chance to practice our writing and communication. We’ll play games, watch movies, learn the Spanish words to our favorite songs and write songs of our own; create art projects, make media, produce our own teaching tutorials, 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, and hone our ability to communicate across languages when we can’t understand. All Spanish levels welcome.

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. #penpals #culturalexchange #foreignfilms #globalcitizens #sisepuede #amigos #cookinginspanish #bilingual

Class fee: $1,000. 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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HOW WE GOT TO NOW

Mondays, 9:30am - 3:00pm | Ages 8 - 14
Time travel from the Paleolithic to Generation Z. With Kevin Bose and David Eustace.
In this class we’ll span thousands of years of history over the course of one semester! Through field trips, outdoor activities, interactive stories and games, creative projects and discussions, we’ll consider how the relationship between humans and our environment has evolved over time, learning to think with a “long view” about culture, economy, technology and governance. [Read more.]

Making flint stone tools, fire bundles, and basket weaving, we’ll travel back to the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras to think about how peoples’ lived experiences and cultures were shaped by geography and landscape. Through role playing activities we’ll learn about early governance structures, decision-making processes, and economies.

How did sugar and cotton change humanity? We’ll travel through the making of settlements and agriculture, and the development of cities and institutions. We’ll visit local sites to think about the birth of industrial civilization, and the new ways of thinking that came with it. We’ll learn about the growth of the global economy: where all our stuff comes from today, and where it goes when we throw it out. We’ll think about how major inventions in history have shaped our culture and relationships, and we’ll ask: What is progress?

In our final unit, called the great remembering, we’ll look into the future and dive into some of the most important questions facing our generation: What will it take to move away from profit and pollution towards healthy and sustainable living? In our culture that always celebrates newness and innovation, what are some skills we can learn from our shared history? Can we restore our memories of the past to better plan for the future? #anthropology #timetravel #handsonhistory #peopleshistory #sustainability #future

Class fee: $825

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DATA WORLDS

Tuesdays, 9:30am - 3:00pm | Ages 8 - 14
A math and art class for people who love to ask questions. With Zebi Williams.
We are living in a time of Big Data. More information is being collected and stored about us than ever before, raising important and complex questions about the future of privacy and ethics. In this class we’ll weave together math, art and philosophy to take control of our own data. We’ll develop our data literacy skills, become our own data collectors and artists, and dive into some of the deep questions of our time. [Read more.]

Becoming data collectors. How many times do you feel like you’re hungry in a day? When in the day do you usually feel tired? What can we learn about ourselves by becoming our own data collectors? Together we’ll count, measure, and map the data trails of our own lives, learning how data can be a powerful tool for better understanding ourselves and for making decisions.

Developing data literacy. We’ll learn to work with numbers and statistics, learning skills around spreadsheets and making superhero charts. We’ll work to make sense of math and simplify numbers through painting and sculptures, taking complex issues and breaking them down into visuals. We’ll uncover some of the key ways that journalists and politicians can use data to confuse us, and discover the positive and transformative power of data when its owned and understood by the people.

Asking the big questions. Who owns our data? How do we navigate privacy, security, ethics and consent on the internet? What access to our information should our government have? What about private companies? How do we distinguish between “fake news” and “real news”? How can data help us to address pressing social issues and build a better world? #dataart #superherocharts #21stcenturyskills #dataliteracy #freedom #socialjustice #algorithms

Class fee: $825

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EN FRANÇAIS!

Thursdays, 9:30am - 3:00pm | Ages 8 - 14
Creative and interactive French immersion. With Pamela Badila.
In this language immersion class, we’ll go on field trips, engage in creative arts activities, play games, read and write and sing... in French! The best way to learn a language is to dive in. Each week we’ll spend the day together playing, learning, laughing, and messing up in a language we’re learning together. We’ll cook and share meals together in French, learning the names of ingredients and figuring out how to follow and give directions.   [Read more.]

We’ll go on field trips to visit local community spaces and restaurants, learning about various French-speaking cultures and histories around the world and in our own community, including France, Haiti, the Congo and nearby Quebec. Writing to pen pals in French-speaking countries will give us a chance to practice our writing and communication. We’ll meet with folks from the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement who are organizing with and for immigrants in our communities. We’ll play games, watch movies, learn the French words to our favorite songs and write songs of our own; create art projects, make media, produce our own teaching tutorials, and perform skits and plays. All en Francais!

Throughout all of our games, activities and trips, we’ll build our vocabulary and grammar, develop basic skills in pronunciation and conversation, and hone our ability to communicate across languages when we can’t understand. All French levels welcome. #penpals #culturalexchange #foreignfilms #globalcitizens #mesamies #fromage #cookinginfrench #bilingual

Class fee: $825

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WINTER 2019 - WEEK AT A GLANCE:

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