Saturday, July 23, 2016

Where the Wild Things Were This Week - @CWPFairfield Sharing Their Big Imaginations In Our Little Labs

And so ends the 2nd week of Little Lab for Big Imaginations, where a total of 42 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders spent time working with Shannon Burr, Shalia Garnett, Mindy Khamvongsa, and Dr. Ryan Colwell working on selfie-poetry, diamantes, acrostics, poems in two voices, and fractured fairly tales.

Pictured to the left is the recreation of Max's adventures in Where the Wild Things Are, in which the young writers changed the children's book into a staged play that they put on for their parents, grandparents, and friends. It was standing room only (once again) as the kids shared their incredible writing from the week.

When I interviewed them about what they would change they all shouted, "NOTHING." Of course, one snarky little girl said, "I'd get rid of you, Bryan."

They say that every year.

Special to this session was a collaboration with youth in Ubuntu Academy who helped compose the poems in two voices. Parents came up after the prom party to say that their child talked nonstop about meeting another camper from a different part of the world. They loved that the kids had an opportunity to work with youth just arriving to the United unlikely opportunity for many in southern Connecticut.

It's time for the weekend now, and 48 hours of reprieve from the summer pace of youth and writing. I simply look forward to sitting still and I'm hoping the boys sleep in so I can simply tend to all the other things I've ignored the last couple of weeks.

Here's to your Saturday. It's chill time.

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