IMG_4726Thank you Mark for being so organized, it meant the world to all of us.  At Avalon we are so fortunate to have a great group of guys who help keep Avalon what it is…. one of the most beautiful places on Long Island!

When we walked into the shop area of the Barn, laid out in front of us was a literal elve’s workshop complete with hammers, precut wood shapes and holes pre drilled!!  For the 7th grade Connections class this would be a journey to a place many of them have never been.  Using tools without an adult looking over their shoulder.  When they first saw all the wood and tools a few of them said, “I haven’t take Tech Class yet,”  but after today I think any sense of doubt in their abilities was erased.  After  I demonstrated the order of  assembly  they got right to work.  It was a great experience to watch them helping each other.  There was no stress of a grade or whether they were right or wrong.  They helped each other, gave advice and succeeded.  Kaitlyn completed the whole feeder on her own.  The independent type, while the others worked together.  There was laughter and groans as they realized the nails didn’t connect to the right place, but they tried again.  No one gave up!

 

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There is something to be said about the capability of kids.  If given the chance they will pull through.  As adults we need to have the patience to allow them to figure it out.  I am a firm believer in letting  kids use a hammer and nails just to bang them into a piece of wood.  It can be so satisfying and fun too.  It teaches respect for the tool.  Yes of course they could hit their finger and hurt it but it  also teaches the skill of how important it is to focus.  Ha ha!!  ouch!!

I am grateful that these kids had to opportunity to create something that maybe they though they could never do.  Now they can enjoy the sight of birds eating from their homemade feeders!

Mission accomplished!!

Peace and bang some nails!!!!!

Sue

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