Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Nathan's Class Breakfast

Andrew got up at 6am this morning to bake a banana bread for us to bring to Nathan's class breakfast.

You see, I've been putting off grocery shopping all week because I've been trying to spend every spare moment resting and recovering from this awful cold. If it wasn't for my compulsive grocery hoarding tendencies and our well-stocked pantry, we'd be out of food right now. Unfortunately, we didn't exactly have anything breakfast-y to share. We couldn't exactly bring buttered toast to share, could we?

Anyway, after a huge rush of a morning, we scrambled our way out the door and to the school with a piping hot, fresh-out-of-the-oven banana bread in hand. (Thank you, Andrew.)

Contrary to what I originally thought when I skipped the breakfast last term, this breakfast is actually more like a working with your child session where the students get a chance to show their parents what they've been working on. The breakfast comes after all the work.

I was excited for a chance to see Nathan in action, and Caleb really like sitting in the big chairs with the big kids so the morning went relatively without a hitch.

First up, Nathan showed us his journal that he writes in every day. This is how he keeps track of the work he's done.

Then, he showed us this cool experiment with the sand. He buries the ping pong balls, and places the screws on the surface. When he shakes the bowl and shifts the sand, the ping pong balls pop up and the screws get buried! Caleb loved this one, don't let the picture fool you.

Afterwards, Nathan did some plaiting but at this point, Caleb got bored and started wandering around so I didn't get pictures of this.

We soon headed outside where Nathan showed us some woodworking skills he's been working on lately. Working with a partner, they chose a piece of wood, drew a straight line to cut across, placed it in the vice, levelled the wood and tightened the vice.

While they were doing that, Caleb found something he knew how to use - the dustpan. He decided he wanted to do some work, too.

Then, Nathan put on his goggles and got to work, sawing the piece of wood.

After one more activity, it was finally time for breakfast. The boys grabbed a bite before we said goodbye to Nathan and headed over to Caleb's Olympics.

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