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SUMMER PROGRAM 2021: Elementary & Middle School

Art Adventure

$375

with Rob Kimmel

Calendar Jun 28, 2021 at 8:30 am, runs for 1 week

Ages: For students entering grades 2nd through 6th grade

A week of world-building, exploring, and creating, using art, imagination, and the backyard wilderness. Projects will include sculpting creatures with clay, building homes for them with found objects, and drawing maps of the worlds they live in. We will even make masks and do some improv role-play to imagine how they move and talk, and make short books to tell their stories.  

Rob Kimmel is an illustrator, graphic designer, and educator. He has an MFA in writing for children from Simmons University, and taught at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is rarely seen without a pencil in hand! Born and raised in Chicago, Rob worked in the theater for several years and has traveled extensively from North Africa to South Asia. These varied experiences flavor his approach to art and writing. He has taught at the MSN Summer Program for the last six years.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students and staff to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playground.

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 2 payments of $91.66, paid every two weeks. Final payment of $91.68.

Making a Podcast

$375

with Tom Knight

Calendar Jun 28, 2021 at 8:30 am, runs for 1 week

Dates: June 28-July 2. Ages: 9-14. Schedule: 8:30-3:00 daily

Podcasting is a fun way for young people to tell their stories from their point of view! In this class, students will learn all aspects of podcasting from beginning to end, including scripting, interviewing, hosting, recording, editing and even uploading it to the internet for the world to hear. Students will also be able to choose which genres of podcast to work on - fictional storytelling, interviewing, comedy and more.

Tom Knight is a videographer and filmmaker who loves teaching. Besides making videos for musicians and web sites, Tom is also a puppeteer and songwriter and has been performing regularly at schools, libraries and festivals for over 25 years. To learn more about Tom Knight go to TomKnight.com or view his video “Elephant’s Lullaby” on YouTube. This is his sixth year teaching in the MSN Summer Program.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students and staff to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playground.

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 2 payments of $91.66, paid every two weeks. Final payment of $91.68.

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Outdoor Adventures (Advanced)

$235

with Owen Coursin

Calendar Jul 6, 2021 at 8:30 am

Agesfor students entering 3rd grade to 6th grade

Time: 8:45 - 12:00

Outdoor programming helps kids gain a deeper appreciation for nature and a better understanding of their surroundings. In this one week half day outdoors program students will explore various nearby habitats and the creatures and plants that live in them, all within walking distance from our campus. Activities may include scavenger hunts, bird watching, mushroom hunts, nature inspired games, sensory activities, show and tell, and plant, tree & animal ID walks to name a few. Students will also have the opportunity to express their creativity through story telling, map making, and nature arts & crafts. Activities will be based on the student interests, weather, and the lessons that nature provides. The Montessori School of Northampton lies right on the Norwottuck rail trail and is an easy walk to the river and woods and has it's own expansive green spaces. 

Daily Schedule:

  • 8:45-9:00 Arrival and greeting
  • 9:00  Beginning of workshop
  • 12:00 Dismissal. PLEASE NOTE: Students registered for the afternoon program CORE ENGINEERING: STEM Explorations with LEGO® (1:00-4:00) stay for lunch & outdoor recess from 12:00 to 1:00.

CORE ENGINEERING: Adventures in STEM with LEGO®

$235

with Play-Well TEKnologies

Calendar Jul 6, 2021 at 9 am

Agesfor students entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade

Time: 8:45 to 12:00

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Tunnel Boring Machines, Stilt Houses and Teacup Rides. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.

Daily Schedule

  • 8:45-9:00 Arrival and greeting
  • 9:00  First LEGO meeting
  • 9:15  LEGO projects and programming
  • 10:30 Outside break time
  • 10:45 LEGO programming resumes
  • 12:00 Dismissal. PLEASE NOTE: Students registered for the 1:00 pm afternoon program (OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: INTRO) stay for lunch & outdoor recess.

Play-Well TEKnologies was founded in 1997 and has run LEGO® building system programs for summer camps and after schools all across the country. Through the use of fun-filled LEGO® engineering and architectural projects, Play-Well helps children learn problem-solving skills and self-reliance while fostering creative expression.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students and staff to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playground.

Payment plan available: $90 deposit plus 2 payments of $72.50, paid every four weeks.

CORE ENGINEERING: STEM Explorations with LEGO®

$235

with Play-Well TEKnologies

Calendar Jul 6, 2021 at 1 pm

Agesfor students entering 3rd grade to 6th grade

Time: 1:00 - 4:00

Master your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as elaborate Houseboats, heavy duty Forklifts, and Big Ben Clocktowers! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.

Daily Schedule

  • 12:00 Lunch & Outdoor recess for students registered for both Outdoor Adventures: Advanced (morning class) and CORE ENGINEERING: STEM Explorations with LEGO® (afternoon class).
  • 1:00 Afternoon only students arrive. First LEGO meeting
  • 4:00 Dismissal 

Play-Well TEKnologies was founded in 1997 and has run LEGO® building system programs for summer camps and after schools all across the country. Through the use of fun-filled LEGO® engineering and architectural projects, Play-Well helps children learn problem-solving skills and self-reliance while fostering creative expression.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students and staff to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playground.

Outdoor Adventures (Intro)

$235

with Owen Coursin

Calendar Jul 6, 2021 at 1 pm

Agesfor students entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade

Time: 8:45 to 12:00

Outdoor programming helps kids gain a deeper appreciation for nature and a better understanding of their surroundings. In this one week half day outdoors program students will explore various nearby habitats and the creatures and plants that live in them, all within walking distance from our campus. Activities may include scavenger hunts, bird watching, mushroom hunts, nature inspired games, sensory activities, show and tell, and plant, tree & animal ID walks to name a few. Students will also have the opportunity to express their creativity through story telling, map making, and nature arts & crafts. Activities will be based on the student interests, weather, and the lessons that nature provides. The Montessori School of Northampton lies right on the Norwottuck rail trail and is an easy walk to the river and woods and has it's own expansive green spaces. 

Daily Schedule:

  • 12:00 Lunch & Outdoor recess for students registered for CORE ENGINEERING: Adventures in STEM with LEGO® (morning class) and Outdoor Adventures: Intro (afternoon class).
  • 1:00 Afternoon only students arrive. Workshop begins.
  • 4:00 Dismissal

Film & Videography

$375

with Tom Knight

Calendar Jul 12, 2021 at 8:30 am, runs for 1 week

For students entering grades 1, 2, & 3

Time: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Lights! Camera! Action! Participants will learn camera operation, directing, and editing, as well as writing and acting.  The focus will be giving students the tools and skills they need to pursue their passions and interests through film. On Day 1, we start by making music videos, then through the week we'll create other shorts like commercials, trailers, and interviews, as well as a longer narrative film.  The last day of class will feature the premiere of the films created during the week.

Tom Knight is a videographer and filmmaker who loves teaching. Besides making videos for musicians and web sites, Tom is also a puppeteer and songwriter and has been performing regularly at schools, libraries and festivals for over 25 years. To learn more about Tom Knight go to TomKnight.com or view his video “Elephant’s Lullaby” on YouTube. This is his sixth year teaching in the MSN Summer Program.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students and staff to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playground.

Payment plan available: $125 deposit plus 4 payments of $62.50, paid every two weeks.

Advanced Film & Videography: DOCUMENTARY & MORE!

$375

with Tom Knight

Calendar Jul 19, 2021 at 8:30 am, runs for 1 week

For students entering grades 4, 5, 6 & 7

Time: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Students will learn more advanced techniques of filmmaking to create documentaries, and recreating a scene from a TV show or movie. We’ll be working on skills like creating a script with other writers, recording good audio, interviewing techniques, shooting B-Roll, reverse angle shots for dialogue,  and editing with iMovie. Everyone will have opportunities to try their hand at all aspects of the process in front of and behind the camera. The last day of class will be the premiere of the films created during the week.

Tom Knight is a videographer and filmmaker who loves teaching. Besides making videos for musicians and web sites, Tom is also a puppeteer and songwriter and has been performing regularly at schools, libraries and festivals for over 25 years. To learn more about Tom Knight go to TomKnight.com or view his video “Elephant’s Lullaby” on YouTube. This is his sixth year teaching in the MSN Summer Program.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students and staff to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playground.





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