Monday, February 22, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Day in the Life: Emeryville Children's House

I am labeling phonetic word objects in English. I am choosing one of the objects on the table, saying the word aloud, then looking for the label that matches it. This is the second box; it has words with four, five, and even six letters!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Making Props in the High School for Spring Festival

Major creativity happening in the EK/HS as we ready for Spring Festival!

Spring Festival is right around the corner and it's a hive of activity in the San Mateo HS program as everyone pitches in to make props, costumes and all of the elements that go into a fun theatrical event.

There is a tremendous amount of practical life and problem-solving that occurs at this time of year, with the emphasis being on collaboration, debate, creativity, artistry and fun. It one of our favorite times of year at PRINTS and we cannot wait to show you the fruits of our labor at next week's festival!

Using visual references to outline props
Figuring out how to stabilize large cardboard props on stage
Problem-solving around a large, elaborate prop-piece.
Keeping track of what we have made, and what's still outstanding for each vignette
The plan worked! Our prop will be stable and robust.
Rehearsing in the dance studio. We still need to learn our lines.
Practicing our interaction - we rehearse many times to get timing and emphasis just right.
Some of our props are exaggerated for humor!
Everyone pitched in to help with stitching some key props.
Not sure how we would do Spring Festival without cardboard from Costco!
Debating over an approach.
Cutting more cardboard.
Checking references for authenticity in Japanese for our Japanese vignette. 
Fixing some costuming. Fine hand work still counts in the high school program.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year from Emeryville CH 新年快樂!

To celebrate Chinese New Year, we made ba bao fan (八寶飯)with our lao-shi and shared with the whole school.

We cleaned up the classroom and put decorations on the walls and doors...

Since this is the year of Monkey, we made ourselves monkey hats. "Huhu Haha...Huhu Haha..."

We are sending our best wishes to you from the Emeryville campus. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous new year ahead!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Spring Festival Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, February 11th

A Day in the Life: Emeryville Children's House

This morning, I am learning to put the color tablets in order from darkest to lightest. My teacher asks me to find the tablet that has the "most green" or the "most purple". She said I could decide for myself how many sets I wanted to put in order, and I said I wanted to do *all* of them! When other children crowded around to observe me, I asked them, "Can so many people please not observe my work?"

No classes, Thursday, February 11th

Wednesday, February 3, 2016