putting limits on hands

To prepare for a visit from an expert in prosthetics and living with only one hand, the collaborators led a series of experiments this morning for the kids in working with a hand impairment of one form or another. They taped down their thumbs or all their fingers or restricted the movement of their digits.

They tried using scissors…

putting toys together…

hanging pieces of fabric with clothespins…

…and eating snack.

Keiron McCammon, our expert for the day, arrived in the late morning while we were gathered for snack. When he held up his prosthetic hand and showed everyone how it could turn 360 degrees, there were wide, shocked eyes and an immediate flurry of questions from our flock of curious kids.

The kids broke into bands and a few had to be dragged away from Keiron so that each band could have all the time they needed to ask questions and get the full story on Keiron’s experiences living with one hand, the prosthetics he uses for different activities (bike riding, exercising, the everyday), and how he gets by tying his shoes or brushing his teeth.

Meanwhile, the school filled up with the mouthwatering smells of Peter and Kristie’s expert activity: making homemade raviolis for lunch.

Josh helped some of the kids make their own pieces of rope to continue practicing with knots.

Chane presented a fashion challenge and a few of the kids created clothing for a brief fashion show at the end of the day.

And we finished the day with Art Lab, doing flash drawings of Audrey, Logan, and Norabelle.

Then Gever and the kids rigged a piece of glass so that they could try drawing and tracing directly from life.

read, build, design

The kids planned their own days again today! The bands wrote out their activities for their Tuesdays on white boards so everyone would know what the plan was. They were busy and focused as they worked on their projects, took breaks at the park, and read all day.

Clementine, Zada, and Kaia decided to try their hand at busking and became trobairitzes – the feminine version of a troubadour – performing poetry and songs for passersby.

read, build, design

read, build, design

Construction moved forward.

read, build, design

read, build, design

read, build, design

read, build, design

Designing utili-aprons with fabric and staples.

read, build, design

read, build, design

read, build, design

Our beautiful library! Thank you for the generous donations from our families, as well as a friend to the school who gave us a whole set of YA books.

read, build, design

A half an hour of quiet reading after lunch, a practice we’re beginning to structure into our days.

read, build, design

read, build, design

read, build, design

read, build, design

The Brightworks Book Club – Coke’s idea started today. We read the first two chapters of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

read, build, design

The preciseness of the chop saw.

read, build, design

Trapped!

read, build, design

Furniture for Kid City houses.

read, build, design

Writing at the end of the day.

read, build, design

choose your own day

Monday brought clouds and rain, but also brought a hands-off approach to the kids choosing what they wanted to do with their school days. We sat down in bands and made plans for what each of the kids wanted to do for the day, and off they went to do and make and create. I hope you aren’t stunned when I say that the noise level was low and everyone was focused and engaged in their activities of choice.

Many kids continued to build the frame for Kid City.

choose your own day

choose your own day

choose your own day

Others made advertising posters for the play that they’re working on.

choose your own day

Or discussed the next moves.

choose your own day

More construction.

choose your own day

choose your own day

Gever brought in two huge boxes of fabric scraps when he picked up the Juki (the super-powered industrial sewing machine that can sew through multiple layers of heavy canvas or take your finger off, whichever is more appropriate). The fabric came in handy today – the kids made costumes or draped themselves in material.

choose your own day

choose your own day

choose your own day

choose your own day

Working on Choose-Your-Own-Adventure and game coding.

choose your own day

Making and creating.

choose your own day

choose your own day

choose your own day

choose your own day