One week...the first week

Just a few observations on the first days of school...five short days.  So much enthusiasm, so much curiosity, so much joy.  In many ways it didn't feel like the beginning of the school year at all, more like we had all been dropped in mid-year, returning kids seemed to just pick up where they had left off last Spring and new kids went right to work figuring out what was what and what to do with it.

 Zackary and Bella

Zackary and Bella

 Kiran paints sunflowers

Kiran paints sunflowers

It has been a joy to watch the older children teach the new ones how to get up on the climber, how to get on and off the swing, how to catch a chicken, and so much more.  Kids have made mud, played in the water, dug a river, picked tomatoes, painted, and made structures out of blocks, magna-tiles, and bamboo poles.  Kids have been remembering routines and learning new routines.  We've  learned at least 10 new songs and read and talked about at least 6 books.  Kids have reconnected with old friends and made new friends. 

 Blake tests his strength 

Blake tests his strength 

 Designed and built by kids

Designed and built by kids

All in five short days...