ALC Oahu Daily Structure

ALC Oahu has a current 3 day schedule of Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 4:30pm. We rent a large room in the BoxJelly Co-working space in Honolulu. Our intention for the fall of 2016 is to move from a part-time schedule to a full 5 day schedule and be in a more permanent location with many different spaces for the children to move in and through!

This blog post is to give families and facilitators a clearer vision of the tools and practices we use with the kids to plan activities here at ALC Oahu.

Daily Morning Practices

Daily Intentions Board- When the kids come in they add sticky notes to the Daily Intentions Board. The sticky notes are added by each individual child, but if there is an intention that is shared, each will add their personal symbol(star, flower, dot, skull and crossbones) to the sticky note already on the board signifying they wish to join that particular activity as well.

MEETING

Check Ins- We do a quick check in with one another to see how we are all feeling when we come into the space. This gives each of us an awareness of where everyone is at. When we can be aware of how we each are feeling we can approach one another accordingly. For example, if one of us had a really great morning, all of us can be aware that that person will probably be lively and happy for the day, or in the case of the reverse, we can give someone space if they aren’t feeling that great.

Sharing of Intentions- Each person in the group shares their individual intentions for the day. Some of the intentions will be shared intentions and some will be personal intentions.

Personal Kanban/Trello- This can be a physical board(personal Kanban) or a digital board(Trello) that is used individually to track personal intentions, what we’re doing and what we’ve accomplished for the day. Each child has their own board and adds their intentions to it daily. This also gives them a visual representation to which they may add photos and comments or track the things they have done.

Trips/Projects/Personal Time- This is where the magic happens! We go on trips together, and sometimes individually. We spend time playing games and reading. Some may spend time on their own personal projects or intentions. This is the space set aside for kids to get into the things they really love and want to learn about or spend time doing!

Daily Afternoon Practices

MEETING

End of Day Reflections- Together, we look at our Daily Intentions Board, and share what we did.  Some of the activities are things we’ve done as a group and some are things we’ve done individually. This is a space also for us to reflect on activities that may have been scheduled but not accomplished, and gives an opportunity to look at why we may not have achieved all of our intentions for the day, be it time or possible a change of mind.

Open question/gratitudes/Acknowledgements- The last part of our meeting brings us back to relating to one another in a meaningful way. Open questions are always fun, as they can be a question about anything! For example, what would you eat for dinner if you could have whatever you wanted? or What animal would you have as a pet if you could have any animal in the world? Gratitudes are a positive way for us to share meaningful information with one another. They are simply things we are grateful for in life! Acknowledgements are also meaningful, in that, it allows for us to share to specific people(facilitators, resource people, other kids, etc) that we see and acknowledge them for something they did that was positive.

Weekly Practices

Set the Week- This meeting is held on Thursday afternoon to schedule our general group intentions for the next week, be it outings, game times, or planning for fun events together.

Change Up Meeting- This is a meeting held on Thursday mornings to share awarenesses around our community and how to implement and try practices that benefit the community as a whole. For example, an awareness may be that people are not cleaning up after they do an activity. As a group, we come up with a solution to implement and practice, such as, we will clean up right away before moving to the next activity.  Together we will then spend time on practicing cleaning up right away. In our next Change Up meeting, we look at if the particular implementation is working or not, and either agree that we have mastered said practice or if there is a need to implement a different solution the awareness. The purpose of change-up is so that both students and staff can co-create the culture of ALC Oahu and that it will ebb and flow based on all participants involved. This meeting is an important regular practice for building skills such as team work, communication, critical thinking, listening, problem solving, and understanding that each person is responsible for how we share space and time together.

practicing non-attachment

recently i have been spending a great deal of time working on practicing non-attachment. it is hard. i have mostly been doing this around my personal relationships but i have also been practicing this in facilitation.

i don’t feel attached to writing this blog…

how do we get to a place when its actually working toward our happiness and not just being complacent or really “detached”? i don’t want to not care, but sometimes that seems to be the easiest way. emotions can be tricky… sometimes i am just attached to them; watching them just float on by like a cloud seems weird.

maybe i should just become a robot…..

photo bloggy of stuff that’s been going on in January

 

 

Nina and Dyson playing a cool game for which I did not get an explanation for but it looks cool!

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‘Wild Bill’, my friend’s kid, with an armchair sham on his head… straight up looking cute!

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Playing Forbidden Island with the ALC Oahu crew! IMG_1043

Stephanie visited and gave us some love!

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At the Waikiki Aquarium.. if you look closely you will find some very cute sea horses!

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@drew arrived on Oahu…  This is his first day with us having fun in the sun!IMG_1088

My little buddy Paco, having a little nap in my backyard!

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A cleaning job that has made me feel incompetent :/ IMG_1093

Winter on Oahu… We sled on grass not snow!

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All in all a productive and fun filled time with ALC Oahu and beyond! Lots of learning and love to start out 2016 and I couldn’t be more grateful…

Thanks @ninablanco, @dyson, @adrianna, @drew for making life fun and FUN and WELCOME to Seamus, our newest ALC Oahu kiddo!

Basketball…

I have recently rekindled my love affair with basketball…

I have a friend who shared with me last week about his current diet situation. He is wearing this weird appetite suppressant patch and drinking these shake thingys that sound super gross. Anyway, in conversing with another friend a decision was made to get outside and move around more. Our other friend suggested that we all go together and start playing basketball, not the running all around the court, competitive, group game, but just simply shooting and passing and practicing. It then popped into my head that I spent most of my elementary and middle school years doing just that. And I loved it!

My next door neighbor had a hoop. We would get together everyday after school and hang out in his backyard shooting and passing.  It was a time to get away from the nag of chores and hang out without our parents bugging us. We would play rap music(really too loud for the likes of my friend’s parents), talk about school, practice our shots and play HORSE.  This was one of my fondest memories of childhood.

I’m stoked that last week I shot my first swish in 20 + years! I went and played with an NBA Men’s official ball…  My hands can fit! At first it was airball after airball…  Then slowly but surely I started getting my shots back! I also learned that I am ambidexterous and can shoot left handed.  I have a bummed right shoulder and it was suggested that I try with my left.  WOW! I didn’t know I could do that! I then played yesterday with the children of another friend and they taught me a game kind of like hours but it’s called school!  This is a much longer, more competitive version of horse, but fun! We didn’t finish our game and I got sent back to kindergarten twice… oh well!

My intention in re-learning basketball is to be able to do this with our current students and get some extra practice in with the left handed shot. Also I’m stoked to have more fun games to play and be active in the process.  I feel like I’m starting my second childhood…

 

 

Reflections on 2015 and Dreams for 2016

2015 has been a wild ride! here are some of my reflections on my experiences of the past year!

-I quit my teaching job to become an ALF! And I LOVE it!

-I found out that I’m quite brave.

-I met some of the coolest people on the planet in North Carolina at ALF Summer!

-I’ve learned ever so much about loving others and myself.

-I’ve been in the practice of meditating more and detaching myself from expectations/outcomes.

-I met the most supportive and collaborative partner in ALF, @ninablanco

-I played, sang, danced, laughed, cried, explored, napped, homeworked, and enjoyed three amazing kiddos @dyson @adrianna @sophialoves808.

-I learned to have FAITH and TRUST in myself and my universe

-I’ve grown from my challenges

 

My dreams for 2016 are:

-to continue down a path of spiritual growth

-continued FAITH and TRUST in my chosen path

-be an awesome ALF and partner in building ALC Oahu with @ninablanco

-feel at ease in my personal pursuits

-feel assured that I have everything I need

-continued bravery and courageousness

-have more awesome kiddos to play and have fun with at ALC Oahu

-have cool ALFs to work with here in Hawaii

-travel to NYC to visit @abbyo and @ryanshollenberger

-live in deep gratitude

 

AND SO SHALL IT BE….

 

ALF Accountability

@alfaccountability

What I do: I facilitate and hold space for current and incoming kiddos at ALC Oahu. I dance and sing and play.  I meditate and ground. I nourish partnership with @ninablanco.

Juicy Juice: I get excited knowing that we are on the brink of changing the world of education. I get excited knowing that the work I am doing is about the WHOLE me and helping guide kids to the WHOLE them. I get excited watching kids see that they are learning by doing. I get excited by being in the community and building connections to people and places that we can work and play with. I get excited knowing that I get to play and enjoy many fun activities with our kids on the daily! I get excited knowing I’m building meaningful relationships with others.

I WANT:

-to see @alcoahu grow and flourish with happy kids, facilitators and families.

-to continue mindful practices and partnerships

-to grow out of “teacher-ness” and into “bad-ass Facilitator-ness”

-to make more and more connections with the community and the world at large

ACTIONS:

-continue to build and grow with @dyson, @sophialoves808, @adrianna and @ninablanco

-continue to promote and participate in building ALC Oahu

-spend time being mindful of what I need to work on as a facilitator/human being

-stay in contact and ask for support from the ALC Network and more experienced facilitators

-stay in the moment and take really good care of myself so I can be my best in holding space for the kids/@ninablanco