We travelled to Europe to examine the mysterious alchemical art of the Renaissance period, in hopes of deciphering some of its symbolism. We learned that the word “alchemy” and “chemistry” originated from the ancient name for Egypt, “Kemet”, where early Egyptian alchemists experimented with the art of transformation. We discovered that alchemists attempt to understand … Continue reading Alchemy and Symbolism
Close to our Spark Spot is a place we like to call Berry Zone, in which hundreds of blackberries grow! Throughout our time together we got to visit Berry Zone to forage for wild blackberries to use for crafts.
We played many rounds of a wildly cathartic Native American game called Run and Scream. With one deep breath, we ran and screamed with all our might, sticks in hand. Where our breaths ended, we stopped and stuck our sticks in the ground. The person whose stick is placed furthest wins Run and Scream!
Consistently, kindness and generosity are two of the many positive traits we see in our students at Spark. Each day we witness so many moments of helping, sharing and exchanging of wisdom and skill. The children initiated their own finger knitting circle, where the children with more experience patiently guided the others through the process … Continue reading Finger knitting
A traditional Native American game called Ring the Stick became a source of fun during our week! The game includes a stick with an attached ring, and the object is to hook the ring onto the stick without touching it. Some kids counted over 100 hooks!