a great feat

Today was the last day of the Expression phase for the Cities arc. The level of concentration was intense and almost everyone spent their day painting, building, and putting the finishing touches (for now) on their Kid City homes and shops.

last day of expression

last day of expression

last day of expression

last day of expression

last day of expression

A moment of pause.

last day of expression

Aidan’s turning green!

last day of expression

So is Lola!

last day of expression

A little showing off.

last day of expression

Then back to work.

last day of expression

last day of expression

last day of expression

last day of expression

last day of expression

last day of expression

As the day moved closer and closer to the official deadline time, the kids became even more concentrated than ever, and as Josh counted down the last twenty seconds, the sound of frantic drills continued and shouts of disappointment echoed as Expression came to a close. Although we all know that Kid City is an on-going project for the year, it was a point of completion in the construction of the mini-city during the Cities arc. And everyone got to bask in the glory of coming to a finished point in the project.

last day of expression

last day of expression

last day of expression

Here you have it, everyone: Kid City.

last day of expression

Quite a feat.

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.

challenges and plans

Experimenting with blindness.

challenges and plans

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.

challenges and plans

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.”

challenges and plans

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

challenges and plans

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

challenges and plans

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.”

challenges and plans

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

challenges and plans

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

challenges and plans

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.”

challenges and plans

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

challenges and plans

challenges and plans

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

challenges and plans

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.

challenges and plans

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

challenges and plans

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

challenges and plans

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

challenges and plans

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

challenges and plans

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

challenges and plans

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.

 challenges and plans

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.

challenges and plans