deadline

Today was the last day of Expression for our By Hand arc. The kids raced against (and to) the deadline of 3:30pm this afternoon and ended the day with relief, joy, frustration, and eagerness to show off their hard work.

The stop motion crew were focused and dedicated to their work all day and did their absolute best to finish on time. Although they didn’t quite finish shooting everything today, they’re eager to negotiate a time to finish next week and share their work.

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Lola, Natasha Mei, Norabelle, and Clementine finished their quilt today! They put on the border for the squares they added together yesterday, and sewed on the batting and backing for a gorgeous quilt today.

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The boat crew completed their final version of their boat.

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Nicole did some spoon bending and molding with the kids.

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The felters took a short break to play with a different kind of material to shape.

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…and Nicole finished making her gorgeous colored spoon lamp.

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Connor and Henry combined their pieces of the interactive puzzle and made the first page.

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Isaac combined different flavors of candy to make a type with all five flavors: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami.
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He ended up with a gooey mixture that looked like a vampire’s midday snack and it had mixed reviews on the taste test.

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End-of-day fun.

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This Expression phase – which we all agree was far better than the last – the kids struggled to find their groove in working together in groups, developed stronger relationships with each other, and were able to assemble their projects collaboratively. The work they did during the last two weeks tested their resolve, but they kept to their ideas and learned to help each other along the way.

The whole staff ended the day singing accompanied by ukulele and washing dishes, elated by the success of the week.