(sorry, blurry flip phone photo)
Today three of our classrooms joined the Seattle Symphony with about a thousand other students and their recorders . . . Oh. My. What a joyful noise! I won't describe the anxiety of walking near busy streets, being on the light rail, and a not enough of us adults trying to keep track of 75 students, mingled among all of the innocent passengers who had no idea what they were in for on their commute today.
Yesterday was a fabulous trip to the Pike Place Market. We were toured through nooks, crannies and secret spots.
Tastes of muscat grapes, dried apples and mango, fresh cinnamon-sugar donuts, and chocolate lotion to smooth our hands.
Mr. M., the father of one of the teachers, who comes to do math with the kids once a week, is also the owner of one of the stands, and is beloved by all the students. He told us the story of the 17th century King, William of Orange. Before his time, carrots were yellow, purple, and red, but orange ones were created in his honor.
Visiting shops with wares from all over the world was part of the fun.
Including India, where we listened to a song bowl while smelling the incense.
The secret garden where the market food bank grows some of it's vegetables. The children were able to write their names on the chalkboard pig and see a beautiful view of the waterfront.
Admiring spices galore.
A small section of the Gum Wall. Beautiful and disgusting all at once. it was recently cleaned off and repaired, over two thousand pounds were removed.
It was a great field trip, and I'm looking forward to repeating it with the other classroom later this month, and also there will be a visit to the art museum to see Jacob Lawrence's Migration series!