Construction Camp – Swing and Tunnels

In just one short week we created take-home anywhere swings that can be thrown over any tree, a group swing that held 8 people, and an enclosed tunnel/maze with two tiers. Make make make.

Some of the multi-age play moments at the park and on our cork floor where among the most lovely and self-sustaining of any group games of the summer.

Catch more photos over on our flickr.

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what happens when kids focus

Amazing things. That’s what happens. If we’re talking about favorite days of school, I might point to this one as one of mine. Technically the last day of Expression (though we’re extending our deadline to the end of the day on Monday), the kids had a full realization of what limited time means. Everyone worked steadily and with an immense amount of focus on their projects. They all helped each other out. They fell into a rhythm and it was more than kind of beautiful.

Coke brought in a piece of the beehive in his yard that the bees abandoned. The heady honey smell floated through the space as the kids explored the empty hive and searched for honey and pockets of pollen. Lola said as she ripped through some comb, “The bees will be mad at us when they turn into zombies.”

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Kid City sign-making continued.

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Richard the architect arrived with pieces of redwood partway through the morning to plant a tree on the cork floor.

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The kids helped hoist the logs into their full upright position.

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Beautiful.

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Kristie made rice balls, miso soup, and green tea for everyone at snack today. Wow, so good! Thanks, Kristie.

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Reading in the privacy of the Kid City room.

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New heights.

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And a hole in the floor for quick escapes.

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Interior designing.

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When Connor, Ben, Isaac, and Kaia managed to get the domed roof on top of Kid City, Ben shouted, “It’s Google SketchUp come to life!”

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Writing postcards to each other from mysterious places during quiet time.

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And of course, no Friday would be complete without a little more fun, this time in the form of a rope swing.

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It’s been six weeks of school and we’ve already done so much! I like watching for the little things: the popping eyes in the kids’ faces when Mackenzie tells a thrilling story at lunch, the concentration when drilling a screw in Kid City, the sheer guts it takes to turn a bunch of plywood into a domed roof, the way the kids ask each other for help, and the friendships they’ve already started forming. I feel so lucky to be part of a place that will help kids know so much that’s important about the world and themselves and each other.

murals

A warm September day in the Mission means nothing less for Brightworks than a tour of the Mission, mural-style! The kids walked down to Precita Eyes on 24th Street to visit some incredible murals, led by Jorge, that have made the Mission a beautifully colorful place.

Mural Day

Mural Day

Mural Day

Mural Day

Mural Day

Mural Day

Mural Day

Mural Day

A quick walk to the park.

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Mural Day

A swing!

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Mural Day

And water! Most of the kids came back to school soaked to the bone.

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Mural Day

Mural Day

The walk back to Brightworks.

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Mural Day

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Putting things in cubbies…

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After lunch, the kids worked on their own mural projects: stencils with spray paint…

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…and designing four murals on old doors.

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Mural Day

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Completed murals in the works!