Friday, February 03, 2006
Early in the week YW's class had a field trip to 826 Valencia, which you'll be enchanted to find out is located at 826 Valencia in the City of San Francisco. I'm not exactly sure what you'd call the place. It's not a museum. It's not a school. It's kind of a performance art piece supported by field trips and a store that sells pirate-themed things.
When you go there on a field trip the class collaborates to produce the beginning and middle of a story. Then each child writes their own ending to the story and ends up with a book featuring their own version of the story. There are also a couple of pictures in the book that are drawn in real-time by one of the 826 Valencia people.
YW's class wrote a story about the pirate Yellowbeard and his parrot Perky. They find a skull-shaped island on which live a snowboarder named Ricky Hamslot and a snowman. Adventures ensue featuring avalanches and a search for buried treasure. It's all quite exciting.
The picture shows YW writing his version of the end of the story.