this week at the FPL

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DeeDee has been bugging me for cupcakes at the library every time I run into him. “Miss Adrian, why don’t we ever have cupcakes anymore?” The answer is complex. a. they cannot be divided into as many servings as might be needed on a boom day, b. you have to make real icing, not drizzle, and c. those little paper liners you bake them in cost money, but we made them today (John Woodward in charge of the kitchen). I think DeeDee was pleased, but sensing my weakness he said, “And when are we going to have gingerbread again?” I’ll say one thing for DeeDee. He has a great memory for all his gastronomic experiences at the FPL.

But what did we do today besides consume sugar? We talked about butterflies–it is butterfly season here. Yes, they really do taste things with their feet. We talked about the community garden and the upcoming work day. Some of the kids said they’d seen the fliers Miss Kary stuck on every mail box. What did they notice? The free donuts.

We did a blind relay race–which was very cool. Each team had a volunteer and a kid. One was blindfolded and the other gave directions on where to go and what tasks to perform, which included things like opening a box and identifying the object inside by feel, locating a saw horse, deciding how it was oriented and putting it back on its feet, finding the killer whale floating in the wash tub, counting rocks and putting them in a container, spinning a globe and stopping it with a finger–which was repeated until the finger hit land. Oh boy, Patagonia!

I loved watching the blindfolded half of the team find their way by feel, and hearing the one giving directions say things like, “No, your other left.”

We did A LOT of reading–we give treat rewards, which we have to replace with a strategy requiring less sugar, but it was a booming day at the library. By my rough count we had 13 kids, which may not sound like a huge number, but imagine them all in motion–especially after consuming their I-read-a-book treats.

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