bike repair and pottery

Our students’ parents are incredibly multi-talented… during this exploration phase we’re lucky to have taken so much of their time and take advantage of their willingness to share their skills and passions!

This morning, Nate showed the kids all about bike repair using Mackenzie’s broken bike as a patient.




Mark came in to challenge the kids with more complicated knots.




A few continued to practice their knitting.



A little more clay experimenting.


In the afternoon, a group took a trip to Ruby’s Clay Studio in the Castro and got a tour of the pottery studio from Richard and a few of the other potters there.



This artist was just about to make the finishing touches on her pressed leaves in resin and asked the kids to join her for the final steps in her art.





Looking around at the facility.




And of course, no day during this Exploration would be complete without the stench of cooking oil filling the school every afternoon. But the fryers have developed a series of variables to test during their exploration, making the idle potato-frying activity into a complex project.


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.

capoeira, pretzels, massage

Today, the kids experimented with capoeira, rope, pretzel making, hand anatomy…

Chane reclaimed the cork floor as an organized body movement space. The kids moved like insects and danced to the story about monkeys jumping on the bed.

Debbie came in and helped the kids hand-make pretzels for a snack before school got out! Yum!

Josh led a knot-tying session.

One of the highlights of the day was watching Josh use the torch to clean up the ends on pieces of rope.

Susan from Project Commotion around the corner came in to work with the kids on the power of hands in the tradition of capoeira.

Kristie, along with making chicken and dumplings for hot lunch this afternoon, took some time to talk about hand anatomy and hand massages.

At the end of the day, the collaborators emptied their pockets and took a picture of the contents of their hands.

Lots of the kids complain that 3:30 always comes to soon!