This morning, the kids had two options: stay and hustle on the last few pieces of Kid City before the Great Move-In of ’11 with Josh and Gever, or head to the beach with Mackenzie, Chane, and Anthony.
The sewing machine in action.
Lending some weight.
Theo’s tallest tower! It was even taller than me.
A brief stop on some familiar steps on the way out.
The unmistakable happiness of being at the beach.
Happy 7th birthday, Logan!
The way back.
A look of disbelief – did all that sand really fit in Norabelle’s shoe?
Pick your favorite fine-grain material: sand or sawdust. It’s an adventure either way.
Back to school after a short break! The Expression phase is coming to a quick close, but after a much-needed staff development day on Tuesday, we as the staff feel confident moving forward. The kids were thrilled to be coming back to school! Carhartts and ideas abound.
Testing out canvas for the hammock.
After searching for bugs in the park, some of the kids examined their findings under the extra-strength magnifying glass.
Boys tell strange jokes, but I guess they know what they’re talking about.
Beginning the interior design of Kid City homes with paint.
A new clean-up challenge: instead of spending a good twenty or twenty-five minutes on clean up, the kids must tidy the school in ten minutes, and we’ll only ever spend ten minutes on clean-up every day. Thirteen minutes was the number to beat today!
And a new writing challenge: buddy up and interview each other for the day’s writing time. Today’s questions? Something you liked, and something you thought was gross.
Just another day in the life!
The kids’ usual analysis of a day at Brightworks is that it’s awesome.
Sofia wrote today, “I finisht my book shellf.”
Audrey was thrilled by her awesome day and wrote, “I read in Book Club. We played in the rain and yelled!”
Rain shadows, captured in photographs.
Elizabeth’s Dia de los Muertos after-school workshop.
Yup. Pretty awesome.
The kids planned their own days again today! The bands wrote out their activities for their Tuesdays on white boards so everyone would know what the plan was. They were busy and focused as they worked on their projects, took breaks at the park, and read all day.
Clementine, Zada, and Kaia decided to try their hand at busking and became trobairitzes – the feminine version of a troubadour – performing poetry and songs for passersby.
Construction moved forward.
Designing utili-aprons with fabric and staples.
Our beautiful library! Thank you for the generous donations from our families, as well as a friend to the school who gave us a whole set of YA books.
A half an hour of quiet reading after lunch, a practice we’re beginning to structure into our days.
The Brightworks Book Club – Coke’s idea started today. We read the first two chapters of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The preciseness of the chop saw.
Furniture for Kid City houses.
Writing at the end of the day.
I want to share a beautiful moment that could not be captured in photos today.
It is a secret mission of mine to find and make moments that really connect the kids to the natural world. Today the moment found us. Despite the menacing rain clouds, a group of kids and I went up to the park after lunch. We were infected with the energy and anticipation of an oncoming rainstorm. The air was warm and thick and wafted in delicious scents from the taco truck down the street.
As the rain began to fall, Coke noticed the sound it made as it hit the ground. We all took a moment to just listen. Kaia noticed how it was staining the pavement with dark dots. And here was the magical moment: five kids lay down on the pavement to make rain shadows.
If you are patient enough to lay in the rain and feel the water drops fall on your face, when you stand up you can see the light, dry outline of where you were against the dark wet pavement of where the rain fell. As we lay in the rain, we noticed different things about how the rain looked, felt, smelled and even tasted. The most important part of building a relationship with the natural world is to open your senses; the rest just follows. And when we stood up, the kids were delighted to see their silhouettes slowly fill with rain drops.
In the Brightworks space our senses are often assaulted. The vaulted ceiling amplifies sound and smells can become overpowering. But these moments of patience allow us to quietly and joyfully connect with the world through our senses – even in a downpour.