I had the great pleasure of spending the early morning with fourth and fifth graders at Nate's School, where I'm leading a class called "Delicious Storytelling." It's a four-part class, part of an enrichment curriculum. (The program is impressive -- all the kids in the school -- K-5 -- pick a special class full of fun and tucked in learning. Among the offerings, "Building Castles," "Yoga," "Container Gardening," and "Robotics." Community volunteers -- from the bus driver who has a pilot's license ("Aeronautics") to the Publix bakery staff ("Cake Decorating 101") lead the classes, which gives all kids, regardless of their strengths and weaknesses the ability to engage in fun, experiential learning.
My class, inspired by the work of Birmingham's Desert Island Supply Company, uses food as a way to explore creativity. Or should I say my "village's" class. Amy and Lindsey were kind enough to step in and teach the first two sessions for me because I was on the road. And today my colleague Ralph joined us to wow the kids with his photography. (They were particularly impressed by his gear. The photographers always get all the attention!)
As always, I learned more from the kids than they learned from me. Things like:
The best part about writing about food is eating the food, aka "When Do We Get To Eat The Cupcakes?"
It's fun to switch name tags with your friends and pretend you are someone else. (This is a big thing for them to do and makes them laugh.)
Telling stories and taking photos can be pure joy. I sort of already knew that, but it's good to be reminded by fourth graders. Thanks guys.