Today was all about fermenting and salinity. The Coyotes worked with cabbage in salt, the Phantoms and Rubber Band followed up on their sauerkraut from Friday, and the Sand Leopards are experimenting with pickling in different levels of salinity.
This afternoon, fermentation expert and food-world celebrity Sandor Katz visited the school to talk to the kids about the use of salt in preserving food. We were lucky to catch him on his way back to New York from a fermentation festival in Petaluma.
Noah and his mom brought apples and honey in to share for Rosh Hashanah so we could all start out the new year on a sweet note.
At circle, the Rubber Band explained the process of osmosis with a short dramatic act:
We had a surprise for the kids today: a goat cheese maker named Will! He taught us all about dairy farming and explained the connections that people and animals have, the different types of cheeses and the animals that produce them, and the factors that affect cheese production.
He made cheese for us from whole milk that we later got to eat with strawberries and honey.
The surprise guest was a five-day-old baby goat!
We had a cheese party and gave Will big props for coming to visit and for sharing.
In the afternoon, while the Undead Goats worked on their rickshaw and the Ninja Cats practiced their lines, the Flying Fish drew out the storyboard for their bird play.
Last night, the video producers for the “My Country” Tuneyards music video hosted a viewing for the Brightworks and Rock Project kids who were involved in the photo shoot. Everyone was excited (and maybe a little embarrassed) to see themselves on film!
Today, it was back to the tables and notebooks and drawing boards to put finishing touches on projects and get prepped for Exposition night.
The Flying Fish set up their throwing course and measured its distance.
A few more practice runs on the aerial silk.
Final additions on drawings.
Will and Beth continued to provide engaging art projects for the kids during their free moments throughout the day; today was watercolors and clay sculpting.
Everyone practiced and prepared for presentations.