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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challenges

Today was a day filled with different kinds of challenges. Isaac came to school with a pair of blacked-out goggles on as an experiment with blindness, which prompted other kids to blindfold themselves. Later in the day they worked on a building challenge to create a structure that could hold the weight of the three collaborators. At the end of the day, everyone (almost everyone!) wrote a sentence or two about what they learned today.

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Experimenting with blindness.

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Someone wrote, “I learned how to take advantage of a blind Isaac.” In general, though, all the kids were extremely helpful and respectful of Isaac’s challenge. They were at first in disbelief at his blindness, asking “Can you really not see?” before they realized that they had to help him out for the day to be a success.

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The beginnings of a strong structure. Lola said, “I holded on to the wood really tight and it almost slipped. It slipped when people were drilling.”

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“I learned not to drill with one hand,” Coke said.

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Challenges for the day included steadying the structure you were working on so that you could make strong joints.

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Kaia said, “I learned how to build a strong and steady structure. I learned not to touch the nail after it’s been drilled cause you’ll get burned like I did today.”

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Norabelle said, “I made little foxes and I built a house with it.”

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Bruno said, “I learned to make something really strong.”

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Logan explained, “I liked making a half raft out of wood. I mean I’m half done with it. I’m really no close to the raft because I only have one paddle down. It is 1 foot thick and 5 inches.”

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Some of the boys made small floating rafts with the lightest materials they could find in the supply boxes.

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“I learned that Scratch is really complicated,” Henry wrote. He’s been working on learning gaming software for his project.

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Hooray! The structure was strong and sturdy enough to hold the weight of Mackenzie, Josh, and Chane! This is really important, as buildings in Kid City have to be strong enough to hold three adults’ weight as well. We talked about all the strong shapes in their structure.

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Natasha said, “Finally I had a chance to use the drills. I never knew that I was so strong and could build strong stuff.”

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Gever, Ben, Connor, and Isaac returned from Home Depot in San Rafael with a truckload of building materials for Kid City.

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Sofia said, “I stayed home from the park.” But she unloaded 2x4s by herself!

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Ben wrote in best-guess spelling, “Never coa in farnt,” (Never saw in front of someone).

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Zada wrote, “I learned how to make a good declaration.” Gever approved many declarations this afternoon with a red OK.

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Audrey said, “I read a lot and I used building magnets. I worked on my declaration and I finished it. I want to open a clothing store. First I’m gonna sell accessories, and then I’ll sell other things.” During aftercare, she and Clementine put on a play about twins running away to NYC to go to acting and karate school.

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One student wrote, “I had good teechers to help me doow good thigs.” An example of curriculum prep at Brightworks: Josh painting his feet. I love this school.

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