paint. bugs.

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.

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

Testing out canvas for the hammock.

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

After searching for bugs in the park, some of the kids examined their findings under the extra-strength magnifying glass.

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

Boys tell strange jokes, but I guess they know what they’re talking about.

signs, bugs, paint

Play.

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

Beginning the interior design of Kid City homes with paint.

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, 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!

signs, bugs, paint

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.

signs, bugs, paint

Just another day in the life!

not friday!

This morning as I greeted students in their Carhartt coveralls coming into school with a “Happy Friday!”, I received a “What? It’s Friday?”, a “No! I don’t want it to be Friday!”, and a “I’m going to die without school!”

Band meetings in the morning. The Slightly Undead Goats visited Coffee Bar.

no! it's friday!

no! it's friday!

Then it was back to work!

no! it's friday!

And reading.

no! it's friday!

Our first Expression phase is coming to a quick close with only three days of school next week, so there was a big rush to work on unfinished furniture and sectioning out spaces in Kid City.

no! it's friday!

no! it's friday!

no! it's friday!

Audrey wrote, “I played and made a counter.”

no! it's friday!

no! it's friday!

Other projects continued, too.

no! it's friday!

“Today I started building my house/store. I also crocheted,” Zada wrote.

no! it's friday!

no! it's friday!

A view from the second story.

no! it's friday!

A pre-preview of Kid City.

no! it's friday!

no! it's friday!

Quinn wrote about his day, “Today my band group went to a market and got some snacks. Two new kids came to visit for the day. Today I also learned how to use the jig saw, and got better and better.”

When the collaborators told everyone that there was a four-day weekend this weekend, the cries of “NOOOO!!!” vastly overruled the only halfhearted hoorays. What other kind of school gets that kind of response?

library, mayonnaise, worm bin

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.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

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.

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Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Clementine said, “We looked at pictures of criminals, some of which are creepy, but some of which are cute.”

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Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

White gloves were a must and a plus.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

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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.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

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When perusing old restaurant menus, someone exclaimed, “OMG! It’s a cheeseburger with ice cream on it!!!”

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

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The goats awaited everyone’s return.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

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.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

The rest of the afternoon was filled with caring for the goats, making mayonnaise, constructing a worm bin, and building a bench.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Mackenzie explains the care and keeping of worms and their usefulness in composting.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

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Chane led the kids in making mayonnaise. They were stunned that it was all edible, especially the raw eggs!

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Ben and Henry concentrate on the beginnings of a bench, the first kid construction project at Brightworks.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Instructions for goat care, deftly illustrated by Ben and Bruno.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms