Today we had the most inspiring day ever. We visited the MACC and participated in the art exhibition "Taken by Wonder". I was surprised because when I first walked in the building there was a small old looking cottage and I thought we were going to watch a play. It was actually an art piece created by Wes Bruce. When we got to explore the cottage I was excited to see what was inside. I was astounded by the dimensions and levels of the cottage. It turned out to be bigger than it looked from outside. There were about four secret hideouts that were so cool. It is amazing how it only took one month to build the whole thing. I was disappointed that it would be taken down because I would want to live in there. After we were all out of the cottage we went to make our own dwellings. We sat in groups and got to work. When we finished our dwellings we connected them. Krizhna and I were together and our dwelling turned out to be a little playground with our inhabitant the snowman. I am going to go back with my mom before it closes because it has to be shared with her. I tried to explain the different hide outs to her but I couldn't find the right words. I told her that she would just have to see it herself. I can't wait to go inside the cottage and experience the wonder again.
I had such an amazing 5 days and I'm so sad that its over. It was very special that day because we weren't just sailing the courses but we sailed around the boats in the mooring. They said that we were the first class to be taken out past the reef. I was so excited but scared at the same time. I was scared because i thought we could run into sharks and I am terrified of sharks. The wind was light but I still moved pretty quickly. We raced a couple time using the boats as marks. I didn't win any of them but I didn't care because I was enjoying it too much. We had pizza for lunch. It tasted so amazing that it made my taste buds sing. After everybody was finished eating, we presented our burgees and said our statements of appreciation. They gave us awesome T-shirts with The Hawaiian islands and their logo on it. We didn't want to waste any time on land so we rushed and got our gear on to get back in the water. Since we proved to Curtis and the others that we were responsible, they let us be free to do what we want for the last hour we had left. Everyone pirated each others boats and capsized them. It was a blast. It was disappointing that it was our last day to sail but I was glad to be a part of it. I hope we can have a learning journey and visit our sailing ohana again. I have many stories to tell my friends and family in Europe. They will be envious.
Last week Thursday was our fourth sailing day. Ms. Enriquez was in Oahu presenting at Schools of the Future so Mr. Mason had to take us. We practiced some knot-tying and talked about the wind direction and what course we would be sailing. Then we got our life jackets on and grabbed a rudder and daggerboard. We all did our share in carrying the boats down. Finally we got in the water and rigged our boats. I was worried that there wouldn't be any wind because the flags weren't moving. It was interesting to watch Mr Mason sail because he would always tell us about Bernoulli's Principle. I expected him to be good at sailing but I was wrong. It was hilarious to see him capsize right as he started sailing. We raced a couple times but I wan't too interested in racing because I just wanted to sail and relax. The water was so clear and glassy that I wanted to purposely capsize. When it was time for lunch we went in and tied our boats to the buoys. We unhooked the mainsheet, took out the daggerboard, and lifted the rudder. Lunch was good and we even got brownies which were exquisite. We got to choose partners for the second half of sailing and Summer and I were together. We went fast and only capsized three times. Time flew by quickly then it was time to leave. I didn't want to go because I was having a blast. I was absent for the third sailing day but this one definitely made up for it. I can't wait to sail again next week. I am sad that it will be the last week we sail.
On Friday, October 18, the class went on a field trip to Honokowai Valley but Chanel, Summer, James, and I stayed back. Chanel and I stayed with the 5th graders. When we first walked into the class we got our seating arrangements settled and started our History Day concept map. Once we finished our concept maps, we made drafts of our burgees. Time flew by fast and it was already recess. At recess we played with our kindergarten buddies. Then we went to the library and ate ice cream. My ice cream flavor was Kona Coffee. At the library, Chanel and I were looking for books about advertisement for our History Day project. We ended up finding a book about fundraising so we looked through it. It gave us the idea to volunteer at the Humane Society. After an hour passed by, we walked back to school to eat lunch. During lunch recess, we played with our buddies and then went to 3rd grade with James to help grade paper for Ms. Beaulieu. After that we did our community service and swept the stage. We wanted to see our buddies again so we went to Ms. Coon and asked if we could hang out with them. She said we could so we went there at 1 :15 and came back at 2 :00. It was pretty cool to be there, not having to get sunburned and injured from the valley. After school Chanel and I watched a movie.
On September 27 and 28, our class went on a learning journey up to O'o farm. I had so much fun. I learned a lot. When we first got there we played tag. It was very hard to find everybody because they all had good hiding spots. After tag, the girls swept the yurt and organized the sleeping arrangements. When the yurt looked ready we went down to help with dinner. We picked fresh vegetables and herbs for the salad and lemons for the dressing. We also made pizza. On my pizza I had sausage, cheese, tomato sauce, and olive oil. It tasted like heaven. The funnest part of the day was tag the worst part was sleeping. I felt like a popsicle laying in a freezer. I kept tossing and turning all night. The roosters were yapping, my classmates were yapping. Not to mention I had slept on the floor with Krizhna because the boys took the bed. Anyway, I made it through the night and woke up at 6:15 for sunrise. We had a delicious breakfast and sat by the fire because it was freezing. We learned about coffee trees and the process of making the beans ready to grind. We even grew our own coffee trees. After that we learned about insects and how they affect the plants. We got into four groups and picked our category. I was with Chanel and our category was slugs and snails. There were four sections of the farm that we observed. Throughout all the sections we only found 6 snails and slugs which was really good news. I was sad when it was time to go but I had a great experience. I cant wait to go back in November for Ms. Enriquez's birthday.