We had quite the eventful week even though it was a short one. While focusing on core skills in the morning we began working on building our tree house play structure. So far we are in the planning stage, but next week we hope to start building!
Thursday we started Art with Ms. Sanni doing some leaf pressings in clay we plan on painting next week. We spent the rest of the day at the Squam Lakes Natural Science center. The Eagles greatly enjoyed the natural playscape and checking out the animals (and dinosaur animatrons) along the trail.
We had our first Town Hall meeting this week and made some great improvements to the studio already based on the Eagles ideas and discussions. We also started building our Studio Contract and testing some rules and ideas out this week. A few have made it into the permanent contract and we are still experimenting with others.
During one of my favorite morning Launches this week, we brought out a bowl of apples and passed each apple around the circle. We asked the Eagles to tell us how each apple was different than the others (some have bruises, different colors, longer stems, etc). Then we started cutting the apples in half and we found that in the middle of each apple is a STAR with seeds inside. And this got us into the discussion that every living thing has seeds inside of it and that each have the potential to blossom into new fruit. We talked about how each of our Eagles (students) have seeds of potential inside of them - how every human has seeds of genius and creativity! And what do we need to do to nurture those seeds and let them grow? If you toss an apple in the trash it isn't going to automatically become an apple tree, but if you plant it in fertile ground and water it and give it sunlight, the tree will grow. The Eagles talked about how they need quiet time to learn and to work and they need friendship and challenges to grow as people.
I am also reminded that, as parents, we need to remember to be the gardener of our child's seeds of potential and not a carpenter shaping them into what we think they should be. <3 This is definitely easier said than done sometimes!
The inner growth has been steady and things are starting to fall into place. We are excited to see what the Eagles continue to accomplish!