🌈 has taken us all over in search of color and noticing it at every turn. We made our way to the Exploratorium to play with color and light.
During a most drippy morning we walked our neighborhood looking for a 🌈 of plants and flowers.
We spent a day in Golden Gate park searching for color, making prints, collecting specimens, running through the grass and rolling down hills!
At the Conservatory of Flowers we went on a color hunt and found fronds almost as big as our bodies from plants as high as the ceiling!
At Garden for the Environment we learned about composting, planted a group of peas, and tasted our way around the garden.
We are proud to say we were the first group of chocolate tasters to welcome our new neighbors Dandelion Chocolate to the neighborhood. They taught us all about their process from bean to bar and let us taste everything in between! Did you know cacao pods can be gorgeous reds, yellows, purples, and greens! We tried nibs straight from the roasted bean, liquid chocolate (cacao + sugar), bars made of beans from all around the Earth’s belly, and even mixed our own chocolate!
We continued our exploration of 🌈 in food and made a delicious fruit salad.
Stick around to see how we’ve chosen to show and share what we’ve learned!
🌈 has been a most exciting time in the #brightworksbeehive. We spent our first day of our this arc rainbow spotting at SFMOMA.
Our initial brainstorm inquires about form, color, and of course, treasure.
In #bwxred we are hitting the ground running trying to answer some of our questions such as: Why is a 🌈 called a rainbow? Why do they come up in the sky and not down on the floor? Why does the the 🌈 have to have all of the colors of a rainbow? And Why do the colors of the 🌈 have a certain pattern?
This arc we are using journals to track our exploration. We began by reading Eric Carle and Friends’ What’s Your Favorite Color? Next we entered our favorites into our journals. We then had our first art class with Zina and learned about primary colors and rainbow colors but making our own color wheel. Taking what we had initially hypothesized about rainbows (they get their name from their shape and the rain) and applying what we have previously learned about the Earth, we decided:
A rainbow is a circle of blended colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple/violet) made from sunlight and rain.
It looks like a bow because of the horizon- where the land meets the sky.
#bwxred, 2019 with help from our moms and dads and the book Rainbows Never End by Laura Lyn DiSiena
This week we explored prisms and how they separate the color spectrum found within white light. We experimented with different lights and prism shapes, then with different materials and properties like plastic, opacity, and iridescence.
We have also explored 🌈 with lots of paint explorations! From the use of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple to create pulled and marbled rainbows. After learning of primary and secondary colors we’ve created our own colors, shared works, and scraped together more colors and patterns. 🌈 has inspired all of us to try on new hats- poet, painter, engineer, gardener, and scientist. I can’t wait to see where it takes us next!
The #brightworksbeehive has been in full swing this arc. Twice a week the kids rotate through arc-specific centers. During ⚡ we focused on light by exploring the building blocks of all things- atoms, bioluminescence in nature, and ⚡s in outer space with our closest star, the sun. In preparation for switching our gears from exploration to expression the #brightworksbeehive took a trip downtown to explore LMNL, an immersive and interactive art exhibit.
Upon our return we reflected on all of the ideas and concepts we learned about during exploration and our favorite aspects of the LMNL experience. We were able to identify and connect what we had learned with what we saw to design two ⚡ experiences for our expression projects: a water room and an outer space room.
With help from the Yellow band, we outlined the project process for the Red band. Next we split into two groups to prepare our plans. This week we will get to work and are excited to share how our ideas come to life. Stay tuned!
In the Hive each collaborator chose a spark to concentrate on throughout exploration and mine is the Sun. During our center time we have learned about the Earth’s rotation and revolution around the sun and how that affects day and night around the world.
Before watching the video I shared with the kids that I wanted to learn more about the sun as part of the spark arc because I thought it might be the first spark! “Yeah the sun and stars are the hottest!” Nishka added and Bo shared, “The oldest spark is in the desert. It’s like electric.” “We could find a spark in a thunderstorm,” Mira thinks and we agreed, lightning is also a spark!
In the Red band we are reading myths from around the world about how light was brought to the world. We began with Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest then read Fire Came To The Earth People a story from West Africa. After reading Raven the kids helped create a summary. Once we finished reading Fire Came To The Earth People we each chose one story to continue telling in our What could happen next? writing time. Our most recent read-aloud The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy from Korea had us all on the edge of our seats as we waited to hear if the son and daughter would outsmart the tiger! You can see our continuation stories below.
From left to right:
Sky Chief takes the sun back and gives the planets, the stars, the milky way, and the solar system. Mira
Raven comes down from the sun and there is a trap but Raven doesn’t see it. Sky Chief is looking through the bushes in the forest since he put the trap there. Sky Chief will grab the trap and put it in a box when Raven gets in the trap. Bodhi
My story Sky Chief, the moon, and Raven. And the black sky because it’s nighttime. Val
Sky Chief had a hook to catch Raven. Brother Bald Eagle came to the rescue but Sky Chief’s daughter was there. The peregrine Falcon dad showed up and dived down. The squirrel mom went up to save them. And hummingbird cousins went to distract them by going all different ways. The toucan and parrot showed up and made so many sounds. And then the vultures showed up to scare them away so the peregrine falcon can dive down. The falcon is going to unlock them up. Leithan
Sky Chief might give the moon and the sun. Ariadne
Raven took the sun. The god was mad. Raven was happy. Anya
Mom, Raven, Dad, Sister, and Brother are happy. Angelina
Chameleon will get more straw and then Moon God will realize that is it actually mean. She will give them more things because she made the Earth and she should take of the Earth. Nishka
After the Raven puts the sun in the sky a super volcano erupts and Sky Chief dies because of the magma. Emir
We will continue to read more myths about the sun, moon, and stars and experiment with ways to show the relationships between all three and the Earth. Stay tuned for more Hive adventures.
Let’s take a closer look at how our youngest community members are approaching this years first arc 💜. We started our exploration with a few questions. So what is a question?
I prompted the kids with question starters such as: how, why, I wonder, and I don’t know.
We simplified our questions down to three fill in the blanks: How do X’s hearts works? Why do X’s have hearts? and I don’t know (why our hearts are the size of our fists)?
Once we asked our questions we illustrated them.
Next up we looked to our library of body books for answers.
Rich’s first science lesson included heart parts courtesy of chickens passed, veins, and heartbeats.
Once we had our questions and some concrete answers to a couple of our questions we asked, How might we see a heart in action? Models, videos, and X-rays were possible solutions. Rich stepped in with some plastic tubing and a hand pump to give us a simulated experience- we added the red food coloring, for accuracy of course.
Our second lesson helped us see how a heart pumps blood out to the body and how it circulates back to the heart.
Early on I asked the kids what they thought a 💜 symbol meant. We thought it might show that you like or love someone or something. Such a wonderful place to start. We continued with this idea of what we might love or like and read Uugghh by Claudia Boldt. This story of a slimy slug who worries he might not be loved. A confident spider helps slug learn that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, starting with yourself, and learns that everyone’s opinions differ from finding beauty in red, the postman, or poo. Together we brainstormed what we thought might be beautiful like dresses, castles, and worms. In the end we realized that our idea of beautiful began with a feeling we had tied to these feel-good and feel-happy objects. So on to our feelings we went. Each day we read a short story about a different feeling and tried to think of why those characters felt that way or a time we also felt that way. Then we took a picture to help other’s see what our feelings might look like.
💜 got us off to an exciting start to the year and was rounded out by our outdoor adventure! I wonder what ⚡️ will bring?
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year everyone! Last spring Justine helped the students form our first iteration of the Brightworks Student Council. Together they created a questionnaire that went out to each member of the school and in the Hive we worked together to answer questions like: What do you enjoy most about BWX? When do you feel supported at BWX? What makes you feel safe at BWX?
The responses were reviewed and condensed into our first version of the Brightworks Credo that was presented to the staff in August. During our setup weeks, the staff worked together to solidify language that would reach community members of all ages which we lovingly named our Credo, a set of 10 values we hope all members of the Brightworks family can work towards. Throughout our first month of school each band worked to present each point of the credo to the whole school during morning circle and an encore performance in the Hive during snack time with the Yellow band presenting the Hive’s work at the Orchard.
We try to do the best we can whenever we can.
We co-author our learning and are here to participate and learn from each other.
We welcome and explore new ideas, perspectives and beliefs.
We take care of our school space and share materials so that we can learn together.
We treat ourselves and others kindly.
We build relationships that are protective and flexible to ensure that everyone feels accepted without conditions or fear of judgement.
We see each other as individuals and understand that our experiences impact how we learn and what we need.
We give the benefit of the doubt and acknowledge intent.
We listen to understand how our words or actions impact others and take steps to support each other. We give props. ‘Cause it feels good when we do things.
What a way to kick off the year. This year we will use our credo as our group agreements in the Hive. We have also turned our doors into our wall of fame covered by the faces of our wonderful community. We are looking forward to planning our puppeteering day with Indigo, art with Violet, stop-motion with Amber, and so many more exciting cross-band experiences this year!
The Red Band kicked off #bwxcity with our all-school Big Bus Tour back in February and have been exploring ever since.
On the hunt for murals in our neighborhood- learning about commissioned work versus graffiti
Beginning with a neighborhood walk we learned that our neighborhood provides space for homes of all types (apartment buildings, duplexes, and single family homes), work spaces (art studios, coffee shops, and a big bakery- Hello Panorama Bread, we smell you), and our school. Beginning with Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy, we have started a study on the public art available to our city. During our neighborhood walks we noticed that we have a good amount of public art within a two-block radius of our school; murals by local artist Sirron Norris are easily recognizable by their big blue bears, the work of Project Artaud is on display all down 17th street, and commissioned and permission-ed giant works of art all in our neighborhood. We’ve even made a few paper and chalk pieces of our own to share on Bryant Street. We continue to be on the look out for murals, graffiti, and statues during our field trips as we discuss, What is art?
Painting rocks to brighten up the front of the Hive
We have been out and about each week with each trip bringing us to some real gems in our city such as: the Bernal Heights Library Branch to start our City book collection, the Randall Museum to learn about some of the other inhabitants of San Francisco, and Niantic Labs to learn about augmented reality.
After our presentation on augmented reality we met a giant Snorlax
After a short rain storm we arrived at the Randall Museum to learn about mammals, amphibians, and reptiles found both in and out of San Francisco
Our enthusiasm to learn more about the shared spaces in our community and city has taken us to our local parks and playgrounds: Bernal Heights Park and rec center playground, a rained our Corona Heights Park, Transamerica Redwood Park, gardens of the Financial District, and the playground at Sue Bierman Park. With more trips on the horizon we will continue to explore the design and value of these communal spaces.
A sunny day of hiking, meeting dogs, dancing, and digging at Bernal Heights Park
A mini redwood forest in the middle of the Financial District- Transamerica Redwood Park
“We saw this playground from the bus !” During our Big Bus tour
In January the Red band added weekly book chats to our Writer’s Workshop schedule. Each session offers the kids an opportunity to share their opinions, feelings, and make connections with the books we read. As we work to build on and connect to the stories we read we have added entries to our journals and been inspired to create our own pieces of art to share with our community.
Find out who is keeping the old man on the top floor awake and what types of noises we hear in our own homes.
by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell illustrated by Rafael López
Based on the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, we learn how a splash of color can change a community. We made drawings to hang on Bryant Street, made chalk drawings, and painted rocks for the front of the Hive.
I can’t wait to see what other types of connections these kids find and bring to our City studies!
Hello again from the Hive. We’ve been buzzing right along in the Hive moving from exploration into expression. While the Hive tried their hand at many different aspects of working with cloth we landed on the expression of stories using cloth with puppets. Along with puppeteering expert Daniel Gill, the kids have learned how to animate a variety of puppets from pieces of cloth to mouth plates, hand puppets, marionettes, and stick puppets with the main idea being, anything can be a puppet. Each lesson has taught us a new skills to move, animate, and bring to life the characters we create.
Lesson 1: Get Creative
Lesson 2: Anything Can Be A Puppet
Lesson 3: Bringing Your Puppet To Life
Our first iteration of our puppet theater evolved from a window to adding wings for waiting behind the scenes. Next a second panel was added to provide a place for backgrounds to hang as well as the possibility of using marionettes. Our first planning meeting of the second iteration of the puppet theater was about outlining the work the kids had done so far and labeling parts in order to create a cut list for our plywood. We then added the constraints that the puppet theater be able to close flat for storage. While we still have work to do with accessorizing the puppet theater, we had our first kid test on Friday. We even used our projector to play with shadows and add backgrounds.
Stay tuned to see our final edits and additions for the puppet theater!
Hello everyone! Welcome back to the Red Band blog. Can you believe we are already at fall break? Last month we bid farewell to our friend Piper and welcomed Kimberly and Daniel into the Hive. We did so much baking to support relief efforts for our neighbors to the north in Sonoma County we were able to donate $100 to the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund. We spent two nights near the seashore at NatureBridge, some of us for the first time without our parents. We’ve kicked off Cloth by adding weaving, sewing, cutting, gluing, and knotting to our skill sets.
Our first attempt at measuring and cutting fabric
Exploring our first Cloth question, How can you connect two materials?
Costumer designer Tiff came to visit and share some of her work
The kids worked on circle bags during morning centers
And we’ve introduced project time in the Hive, these are one hour guided experiences led by Kimberly or me. So far we have made stuffies, skirts, dog shirts, and pillows. We’re hand-stitching, sewing machine-powering people now!
Also new to the Hive has been the introduction of Story Plays with Liz. Each child will have the opportunity to share a story straight from their imagination to share with the entire Hive. After the story has been dictated to Liz, the child identifies the characters of the story who will later be played by their Hivemates. During our closing circle the children will hear the story read aloud and can then choose to become an actor!
Stayed tuned for more Cloth adventures with the #brightworksbeehive!