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!
This morning we began by splitting the kids up into their new bands – not the musical ones, though that might happen eventually – but their miniature society, their extended family and direct support system. The word describes the simplest forms of society, where everyone relies on each other for help, support, and friendship. Though everyone will still work together and always support each other at Brightworks, the bands serve as a smaller support system to check in and travel with.
The kids headed downtown to the Main Library’s 6th floor, which houses the San Francisco History Center, and is filled with thousands of pieces of history.
Clementine said, “We looked at pictures of criminals, some of which are creepy, but some of which are cute.”
White gloves were a must and a plus.
Photo of the old Best Foods mayonnaise factory, housed in our warehouse. Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, Sheet 553, 1985. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.
When perusing old restaurant menus, someone exclaimed, “OMG! It’s a cheeseburger with ice cream on it!!!”
The goats awaited everyone’s return.
A moment of reflection with ink and paper. The kids wrote stories about historical figures they’d learned about at the library and read them aloud to each other.
The rest of the afternoon was filled with caring for the goats, making mayonnaise, constructing a worm bin, and building a bench.
Mackenzie explains the care and keeping of worms and their usefulness in composting.
Chane led the kids in making mayonnaise. They were stunned that it was all edible, especially the raw eggs!
Ben and Henry concentrate on the beginnings of a bench, the first kid construction project at Brightworks.
Instructions for goat care, deftly illustrated by Ben and Bruno.