paper and puppet making

After a trip to SCRAP yesterday to paint a mural their fence…

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… the kids spent the day at school making paper, doing observation drawings, and creating sock puppets.

Chane led paper-making.

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Sean volunteered his time to do observation drawings with the kids – drawing the intricacies of everything that they could see in an object.

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Mackenzie helped everyone make sock puppets for the Puppet Theater.

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The boys in the pNook in Kid City finished their hammock yesterday and let everyone test it out today at 1:00.

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Thor introduced a small group to the beginnings of juggling.

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Alaina impressed the Flying Fish with her pencil drawing expertise and gave tips on how to improve their craft.

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Puppet Theater!

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what hands look like

Today was the first day of our second arc, By Hand. The kids began Exploration by examining their hands as modes of expression and examination.

Hand shadows.

what hands look like

what hands look like

Tactile boxes.

what hands look like

what hands look like

what hands look like

Tracing hands with pencils…

what hands look like

what hands look like

what hands look like

…and wire.

what hands look like

what hands look like

what hands look like

what hands look like

Making hand molds.

what hands look like

what hands look like

what hands look like

what hands look like

what hands look like

Hand painting.

what hands look like

what hands look like

Exploring anatomy.

what hands look like

And today marked the beginning of our after-school program, starting with Toy Lab: taking toys apart, exploring their insides, and eventually turning them into something new.

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afterschool:toy lab

afterschool:toy lab

afterschool:toy lab

afterschool:toy lab

afterschool: toy lab

afterschool: toy lab

new arc, new spaces

paint. bugs.

Back to school after a short break! The Expression phase is coming to a quick close, but after a much-needed staff development day on Tuesday, we as the staff feel confident moving forward. The kids were thrilled to be coming back to school! Carhartts and ideas abound.

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

Testing out canvas for the hammock.

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

After searching for bugs in the park, some of the kids examined their findings under the extra-strength magnifying glass.

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

Boys tell strange jokes, but I guess they know what they’re talking about.

signs, bugs, paint

Play.

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

Beginning the interior design of Kid City homes with paint.

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

signs, bugs, paint

A new clean-up challenge: instead of spending a good twenty or twenty-five minutes on clean up, the kids must tidy the school in ten minutes, and we’ll only ever spend ten minutes on clean-up every day. Thirteen minutes was the number to beat today!

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And a new writing challenge: buddy up and interview each other for the day’s writing time. Today’s questions? Something you liked, and something you thought was gross.

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Just another day in the life!