framing, and an excess of paint

Construction in forms large and small framed this day. The older kids spent the morning constructing the frames of the two-story Kid City while the the younger kids headed to San Francisco General Hospital’s construction site just a few blocks away from our little school. Mix in a little paint and you have a day.

The foundation at the hospital went down three stories! Aidan assured me that this “isn’t too deep,” but they saw the crane moving things around so fast!

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Setting out 2x4s back at the school.

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Zada helped align the wood for strong joints and a steady Kid City frame.

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Connor concentrated on the task at hand.

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Theo helped Audrey with her play and assured me he would soon know the secrets of time travel (right, Theo?)

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A quick break at the park before the younger kids came hurrying back to school.

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After lunch, Kaia prepared her feet for a record in strides.

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Coke took a break to read in the library – now located in the office area, thanks to Melanie and Kristie’s hard moving work.

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Gever worked with Henry on some gaming code and Isaac wrote more in his tale of zombie mayhem, while Stewart and Theo continued to explore the world.

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What can you discover from the footsteps of the kids at Brightworks?

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Jennie – our friend and carpentry and kids’ tool education extraordinaire – showed Audrey how to use the chop saw.

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Kai helped Mei stabilize her sawing so she could start building a table for her flower shop.

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Logan started to construct submarine that will never sink.

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Ben had plans of his own…

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Clementine and Jennie work on sturdy joints on a shelf for Clementine’s Kid City shop.

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Connor and Ben measure on the diagonal to square the frames for stability.

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Setting the frames upright.

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An experiment in tracing footsteps gone to the extreme – paint everywhere!

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Quinn composed a poem for Sofia after she fell in the paint slide:

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We’re painting a painting for painting the painting.
A painting was painting a painting.
She was a painting that was painting a painting.
She was painting who was painting a painting of painting that a painting can painting so well.

-quinn.

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“Brightworks,” Josh said, “is where clean clothes go to die.”
Norabelle, Zada, Kaia: you’ve proven this correct. It will not be the last time.

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