Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Arboretum and Fire Museum

Last month we spent a wonderful day at the Arboretum. The weather was perfect for walking on the trails. The kids spent a long time at the pond, watching turtles and making pretend fishing poles. They have a Discovery Room that is filled with all kinds of interesting stuff. When we first arrived a woman gave us worksheets with pictures of native wildlife to circle as you spot them in the exhibit. Of course, no one pressured them into filling them out. Some of them had a lot of fun searching while others ignored the papers and just concentrated on the exhibit itself. I didn't notice the other half of the Discovery Room until the group I was with came back from the trails. There was a great selection of local skins, bones, feathers, and plant cuttings to feel and smell. The most interesting part were the microscopes available for use. You could look at slides or use the bigger microscopes to look at water samples, and larger items. It was really nice to have the time to explore all the stuff crammed into the room, and since we went in the middle of a weekday, we had the place to ourselves.

Sean looking at snakeskin under a microscope.

Justin searching for an animal in his packet at the Discovery Room at the Arboretum.

Christopher, Kristin, Troy, Jennifer, Sean, and Max exploring the Discovery Room at the Arboretum.

Max, Isaac, Seth, Justin, Evan, and Ripley peering into the pond at the Arboretum.

Justin and Ripley pretending to fish at the Arboretum.

The day before Thanksgiving most kids stayed at home, so a few of us went on an impromptu trip to the Fire Museum. When we walked into the museum the younger kids were in complete awe. Upon seeing a hose attached to a fire hydrant, Diego gave the most excited gasp I have ever heard.

William and Diego run their firetruck into Abba at the Fire Museum.

Wiliam and Diego getting ready to slide down the pole in their firefighter outfits at the Fire Museum.

- Ellie, Staff Member

5 Days, 5 Ways to Give

Apologies for the lack of updates lately, I will do my best to be a more regular poster!

Starting tonight we are having a week of fundraisers because the school is in a financial crunch. Any contributions are appreciated. We will be posting a Paypal link on our website soon for those who are unable to attend events.

5 Days, 5 Ways to Give
All events take place at The Real School (5020 Dickson, near Shepherd and Memorial).
For more information call Kim at 713-385-2428.

Tonight, Tuesday, November 27th at 7 PM: Film Screening and Discussion.
We will be watching Free to Learn, a film about the Albany Free School, and then discussing education. We are asking for a donation of at least 5 dollars.

Wednesday, November 28th at 6 PM: Enfants Creatifs Art Show & Sale.
Artwork created by the kids for sale.

Thursday, November 29th from 9 AM to 8 PM: Recycling Day
Stop by and drop off your aluminum cans for recycling.

Friday, November 30th at 8 PM: Dance Party
We are asking for a donation of at least 5 dollars.

Saturday, December 1st at 9 AM: Yard Sale
We have a lot of stuff so please come by and support the school!

Saturday, December 1st at 2 PM: Music and Poetry Show
Come listen to bands and hear great poetry!

- Ellie, Staff Member