Session #2, Wednesday, June 12

The weather today is expected to be hot, up to 91 degrees by 1pm or so. We are headed to a nice, cool, bowling alley, Pinz, in Studio City for 1-2 hours of play between bowling and the arcades. To get there, we will be boarding the 150 or 240 MTA bus around 9:30am that stop right in front of Gelsons, next to our office. We’ll arrive at the bowling alley just before 10am head in, get shoes, and start playing. There will be 3 lanes.

For a snack today, we’ll be ordering bagels with cream cheese and a pitcher of water. We typically start the kids off with 1/2 and offer seconds to those who want it. After bowling, we will play in the arcade, but it’s much more limited than what kids are used to. Staff will have the access cards and the students need to find a staff and ask for them to provide access to the game. Manners count. Also, we don’t require, but do encourage finding games where they can play in pairs (air hockey is a personal favorite for the kids). We do not permit use of the games where they receive candy or prizes. Once a child has played a game, possibly two, they are encouraged to watch other kids play for a bit. Each child will be able to play up to a maximum of three games.

Once we’re done at Pinz (and, depending, there is a chance we will depart for lunch, then return for the arcade, depends on timing), We’ll head next door to Carneys (the Train) for lunch. It is expected to be about 83 at that time in Studio City, so we may be outside in the shade or indoors. We’ll decide once we are there. The kids can have hot dogs, hamburgers, thai wraps, tuna, and vegetarian choices, plus either a smaller sized soda or a small shake. They can get fries too if they wish, sometimes we have then share them and divide them up.

Afterwards, if we’ll either head back by bus to the office or go for the arcade. Once we return to the office, there are a few kids who haven’t set goals — we’ll give them a second chance, but accept if they decline. (For some, just establishing a goal becomes the goal). That will leave about 1 hour or less. We will either begin discussing computer animation and what goes into that or we’ll play some games.

Session #1: Monday, June 10

Today is our first day of group and everyone is just getting settled in. We have a total of 5 staff today because everyone is getting to know your kids. In the future, there will typically be three staff, with an occasional 4th person if we feel it is warranted.

We call today a “Close to Home Group.” The kids will spend the majority of the day in the office as we have morning orientation activities. The group will be going for a snack at 10am, will have lunch around noon, and an afternoon snack at 2-3pm. We’re monitoring the weather for today which will determine if we go to a park and which one of two parks we visit (Libbit Park or Encino Park). If it seems too warm, we’ll be playing games in the office.

Each child will have a water bottle with his or her name on it and will refill it as the day progresses as needed. We encourage frequent water consumption when we’re outside.

At the end of the day. I will publish an audio podcast summarizing today’s events. You will be notified when this occurs.

You will receive information about the course for this week tomorrow and there will be a webinar held Thursday at 7pm. More about that tomorrow.

That’s it for now. Remember, you can reach us anytime via email or by calling our office and putting in the code you were given. We do not use text messaging.

That’s it for now!

Dr. G.