A Day at Cottonwood
On Monday through Thursday Cottonwood looks like this:
We arrive beginning at 8:45 AM and start off by working individually, setting intentions of what we’d like to do for the day.
Next, we come together and set the day in community. This involves sharing a number of items:
Planned offerings: lessons the facilitators, parents, or other community members prepared to give that day which no one is required to attend
Intentions: sharing to see if others want to join or to request support for from facilitators
Organization: deciding what should be put on the schedule and at what time
Slice: a high-energy send off to collect and carry us into the next thing!
The rest of the day is up to the community, but always involves:
Offerings such as music, art, cooking, science, yoga, dance, puppetry, reading/writing with our curriculum, Read, Write, Inc.
Collaborative projects we work on over time and the steps to make them happen
Outdoor play rain or shine, snow or wind, you will find us in the spacious McGolrick Park building forts, playing neighborhood games, and examining nature
Some learners who attend for the first half of the day leave at 12 PM and the rest stay for the full day until 2:30 PM.
The day ends with a closing circle to share whatever we discovered and to check in with long term projects as is necessary.
On Friday Cottonwood looks like this:
Field trips start at 9:00 AM and end at 2:30 PM. Each field trip usually begins and ends at the Park Church, but occasionally we meet on site of the trip nearby.
Past field trips have included:
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Prospect Park and Brooklyn Library
Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
Museum of Math
Museum of Natural History
New York Hall of Science
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Cooper Hewitt Design Museum
Apple Picking Upstate