This has been another interesting week. We had five extra kids on Tuesday and two yesterday for our special themed Mid Winter Break week.
Science Tuesday was messy and everyone had a blast. No, we didn't blow anyone or thing up! That always seems to be the first question on any science themed day, that I have ever been involved in.
We were honored to have Leon S here with his daughter, Grace. He brought the science expertise and the some of the fun in the form of dry ice. We made dry ice cream. Which needless to say was a huge hit. Then two of the boys spent a long time playing with the remaining solid CO2 to see how it would react with different stuff, including hot or cold water, dish soap, an apple, a banana, an eraser...ya the list goes on.
We also made salt dough and slime. We vacuumed twice and washed the table off multiple times. So, my personal theory about kids and messes held true. The amount of mess at the end of the day is directly related to the amount of fun had by the participants. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the kids. You can take my word for it, they were not exactly clean when they left for the day!
On Wednesday, Elwood and I were here alone. We walked up to see the awesome snow sculptures in the park before the BIG Melt. Elwood decided he would like to do a report about Italy, so we spent a good portion of the afternoon researching and discussing Venice. Did you know, there are no cars allowed in Venice at all? And yes, there are regular streets not just canals. Elwood has decided that he wants to move to Venice. He couldn't articulate why exactly, but it is where he wants to go. At least, I'll have a place to stay when I visit Italy in a few years.
We are not sure if we will offer another themed week during April's Spring Break; it depends on interest. If you know of folks who may be interested, please tell them to contact me, so we can begin planning.
And as always, if you hear of a youth who is unhappy in their schooling situation, please tell them about Deep Root Center. Every child deserves to be engaged and excited about learning! We will accept new members anytime during the year.