I had great fun on Monday on the older class’ NY trip. Despite our previous apprehension about the weather, it turned out to be a perfect day for the activities planned. Walking on the High Line in the morning was a real treat and it was fascinating to see the various plantings around the old train tracks, the sculptures and various art works such as “The High Line Zoo” that residents who live alongside the High Line had done for extra interest. We also saw the building going on at the site which will become a huge visitors’ center. After lunch on the High Line, the wind picked up and we went to Chelsea Markets to get warm and enjoy a hot drink before walking to the Reuben Museum where we had a delightfully informative guide. Dinner at the tiny Indian restaurant was another treat—delicious food and wonderful service including Indian Rice Pudding for dessert “on the house”. We would definitely recommend Ghandi Café, 283 Bleeker St. to anyone in the village who wants a good Indian meal. I was especially happy to chaperone on this trip because I did not manage any of the trips last year for various reasons and none of them earlier this year because I was focusing on working with the younger class. We had a great group of chaperones, all of whom said they enjoyed their day and I want to say a special thank you to Xinyu who made it his personal mission to “chaperone” me as well as his group, insisting on carrying my backpack and checking to see if I was tired, needed to sit down and rest, etc. which was really kind, especially since I walked over 7 miles that day! Also, thank you to Kim for helping out in the younger class while I was out. And last but not least, thank you to Jay who takes lots of his personal time to plan all his trips down to the last detail and always provides a great day of fun and learning at a bargain price!
Yesterday I worked with the middle class. I am reading the second book in the Mr. Gum series and we worked on haikus and illustrations about the characters in the book we had started last week and also thoroughly enjoyed reading further chapters in the book.
We had a very busy visitor day today, and we are doing well so far with enrollment for next year. Some classes are close to full and we have several students visiting next week and several more scheduled to visit in May.