Through the study of Cities, the Brightworks kids explored what it means to be a member of a community like Brightworks, a neighborhood like the Mission, and a city like San Francisco. Through the exploration of communities they were exposed to concepts of sharing, rulemaking, and social responsibility, and were given a deeper understanding of how many practical aspects of how our city works: bus, transit, safety, fire and water supply systems, as well as creation of currency. The arc culminated in the collaborative creation of Kid City, where the children were able to express their individuality by creating a space for themselves that also served a purpose in the community of Kid City. They worked in multi-age groups to accomplish their visions, and strengthened the bonds with their school friends as they discovered who they each were in the student body: in what ways they were individuals and in what ways they were a community.
Blog posts from Cities can be found here.