Friday, September 5, 2008

Teaching Small Children to Set Fires

On Fridays at my school, the kindergartners do not have lessons. Instead, we do fun things with them, like crafts, "science" experiments, cooking, and field trips. Today we took them to a small playground, where we had "Science Class with Stephanie."

Cate rigged me up with a microphone so that the kids (and random passers-by) could hear me better outside. Today's "science" lesson was about magnifying glasses (this whole thing was Cate's idea, by the way). I taught the kids a few words, then showed them how to burn holes in black paper using only a magnifying glass. They struggled a bit at first, but pretty soon my eleven kindergartners became accomplished firebugs.

Later, we let them play. While they were throwing a few plastic balls, they got one stuck high up in a tree. Then it became "Game Time for Teachers!" Cate, Angel, and I spent the next fifteen minutes throwing balls, rocks, and sticks at the ball, trying to dislodge it. It was a divirting game, to say the least. Finally, the wind knocked the ball down!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"