acting and building

We’d like to call this day a huge surprising foray into the next phase of the Cities arc, Expression. The collaborators had planned the whole day of being in the space with intriguing activities to capture the kids’ interest, but the whole plan was scrapped and it instead became a sneak peek of Expression as the kids directed their own projects based on their interests of the day.

Building and Acting

Instead of joining in role-playing to facilitate discussion about the rules of boundaries and listening to each other if asked to stop, the kids made plays of their own and performed them for each other.

Building and Acting

They learned the goats were heading down to Southern California to their new home, looked at pictures of the farm, and talked to their owner about their new environment.

Building and Acting

Building and Acting

Goodbye, goats!

Building and Acting

Building and Acting

Construction began on a second story to the cardboard hut.

Building and Acting

Building and Acting

Some watched Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights.” Here, Aidan is demonstrating the kind of dancing that happened in the film.

Building and Acting

A few requested a second go-around of mayonnaise making, since they missed it the first time.

Building and Acting

Henry wrote and directed play based on the boundaries discussion from the morning. The kids did more than a few rehearsals, created sets, and had a dedicated stage crew helping out!

Building and Acting

Building and Acting

Building and Acting

Building and Acting

Building and Acting

Construction came to a conclusion as the second story was finished. Who knew a cardboard hut could have two stories?

Building and Acting

Building and Acting

Building and Acting

It was an incredible day of creation of all kinds – and we can’t wait to see what the kids will imagine and create next week! Happy Friday.

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

trash and goats

A friend to Brightworks School needed a temporary home for four baby goats this week while she attended a conference… and where else would those goats stay but our school!

Not only are they the newest kids (pun intended) to experience a day in the life at Brightworks, but they’ve become excellent teaching tools as we move on from the history of San Francisco to how cities work. If we think about the school as a city, the question becomes: What do you do with goat poop? Will they be a problem to solve (where their excrement ends up), or can they become part of the solution (a part of composting)? We have a week to work it out while learning more about how cities deal with waste, transportation, and constantly-changing needs of their citizens.

The younger kids hung around school today to explore trash in the neighborhood. The first stop was the corner Starbucks with Chane, where a few of the six- and seven-year-olds examined the bins and counted the numbers of people using reusable cups compared to the paper cups.

Some of the other kids went with Josh to explore the taxonomy of shopping carts. Incredibly, there’s a whole classification system for carts, and they were able to find seven in the neighborhood, particularly near the Potrero Center up the hill.

In the meantime, the older kids went on an excursion to the South San Francisco Scavenger Company – aka the dump – and the Ox Mountain landfill.


And back home for clean-up and heading out. Words of the day? Spying, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot, shopping carts.