Since there is a typically a spring break around this time and I am ahead on hours, I’ve taken a spring break this week. However, I still had 2 programs to present/assist in, and an interview to complete for an upcoming program. So much for a real break hah!
It’s quite alright that I didn’t take the week truly off because this was one of the most enjoyable weeks thus far in my internship. On Tuesday, I recorded a Zoom interview with two of my co-workers at the African American Arts Institute for the partnership program I mentioned a few weeks ago. We discussed dance and arts during this pandemic and even talked about our favorite dance books. This interview will be edited together with a virtual dance lesson from African American Dance Company members/students. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out!
On Wednesday, I had the History Hangout program and a Tiny to Two story time. The hangout went beautifully albeit my own critiques of my delivery and language. We discussed the inventor of Monopoly (Lizzie Magie) as well as other female inventors, then talked about how one might design their own unique board game. The last 15-20 minutes of the hour-long program was spent making/creating and chatting with one another. I was SO inspired by these young people! They were interested in making games that highlighted the year of 2020, COVID-19, math skills, overcoming setbacks, and Dr. Who. One participant involved their entire family in the project and two pairs of siblings worked together at their kitchen tables. A small thing that stuck out to me was the shift from my intentions to the reality of the program. For example, I included various sizes of pom poms and loads of foam letters in the take & make kit. My intention was that kids might decorate their board games with these materials. Oh boy was I wrong! Some kids did use these to decorate but one kid told me that she put the letters on the board’s spaces and when you land on a space, you have to name something that begins with that letter. Another kid told me she added the pom poms to the board spaces and the bigger the pom pom, the more spaces you get to jump ahead. These kids were using the supplies I provided to create game mechanics, just like we talked about in the game design conversation. They were so creative and I left the program feeling very fulfilled.
Finally, I also assisted again in the Tiny to Two story time on Wednesday evening. This story time had 3 families instead of the lone one and went really well. I did the same rhymes as before for more practice and everyone seemed to enjoy them. I noted a few more rhymes to use in my future story times. I was also more comfortable with the rhymes this time and was able to informally mention early literacy tips to the families as we moved through the story time.
Booklists that we sent to program participants:
My brother, who is a creator of games, made this game specifically for this program. I was able to share photos with the kids on Zoom and one young lady was inspired to include a dragon in her game.