Today we had a packed schedule. The morning was highlighted by the smells of puff pastry, dates and walnuts and the sound of dance music from the main room. In the kitchen, the kids learned about traditional Ramadan food and had an opportunity to cook and taste some delicious treats. Meanwhile, in the dance workshop, the kids learned the importance of breathing and the connection between our core and our distal systems (ie: the connection of the naval to the spine).
Then we had an important discussion about respect. We were broken up into groups and asked to brainstorm ways to be respectful to our friends, the staff, and the facility. Then, representatives from each of the groups presented to the larger group. The kids agreed on these rules and expectations.
After lunch, we had a discussion about each of our unique qualities. Kids had one-on-one conversations with their peers about what makes them happy, proud, afraid, and hopeful. Then, each kid introduced a new friend in front of the group and presented a star that included some of the unique qualities their friends say in them.
After these conversations, the pool was a nice place to relax and have some fun! The kids continued their tradition of racing each other up and down the pool lanes and enjoyed popsicles.
In the evening, the kids got to see cows and camels! Then, we went on a night hike in the desert, where we learned how to identify the north star by first finding the big dipper. We finished the evening with some dessert in the desert (sorry, I had to!).
COOKING WITH EMMA
The final product!
We are as unique and varied as the stars in the desert sky.