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Today was the last day of our much-needed Nesting Week. The kids worked on last-minute painting details and improving their spaces before the beginning of the next arc – with great success.

The Ssalson Raptors created some germ-y performances… a play called the B-U-T-T Show (though the details of this play-acting game weren’t revealed to me).

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Sketching the scenes together.

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Brightworks has a new member of the community: a five-week-old guinea pig!

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She has yet to be named, but we’re collecting suggestions and will decide together on Monday.

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Kid City homes have become much more homey and colorful this week.

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Construction work.

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Hot lunch from Kristie – the favorites, orange and fennel salad and chicken dumpling soup – followed by a park break.

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After the final Nesting Week community meeting…

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…the day ended in celebration, with a Kid City dance party!

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Welcome back, Kid City. We’ve nested.

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thursday

Another day of nesting, another day of painting and cleaning, beginning a newspaper, and community meetings.

Scrubbing floors.

Experimentation with motion in photography in the library, as well as with some other found objects…

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Pillow-making for houses.

More improvements.

And community meeting.

 

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Work continued in Kid City today, and particularly visible was new paint supplies and a burst of color on the wood structure.

After some writing…

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…and some leaps from great heights…

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…and after Debbie made hot lunch: beef stew with herb bread and banana bread and oranges for dessert…

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…the kids got to work decorating and painting.

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Clean clothes? Never!

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A few moments from today…

What if there was running water in Kid City? Aka, Why not try what one might think is impossible?

Decorations for Kid City homes have begun to include multicolored water in test tube bottles, strung on yarn to make curtains and light catchers.

Community meetings continue. Today’s vote went to what punishments are appropriate for which misdeeds.

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Happy 2012! Brightworks is back in session and ready to take on the new year.

We’ve dubbed this our “Nesting Week,” where we focus on taking back the space from the mess, having community meetings about what it means to be at school in a place like Brightworks, and making rules and standards for Kid City. The kids are grappling with deciding on what it means to have personal space and public space, how they treat one another and the school, and exactly what being a member of the Brightworks community means.

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The kids have already made great starts in the conversations – and have tried the head cheese and salami from the pig butchering in December. What a good day back.