So once we got down to YES things were a bit chaotic. In my eyes, nobody was really sure what was going on or how to get started but eventually we got it together. We started the day playing an activity called, ‘Common Ground.’ We use Common Ground as an icebreaker during orientation at Cabrini to get a feel for everybody’s name and some of their hobbies, favorite things, etc. I think Common Ground really helped me after not visiting the shelter last week, so it made it easier to learn some names. Overall, it was helpful but we definitely played a bit too long.
Soon after, we delved into cameras and playing around, but this week we had a Mardi Gras theme! So we brought some masquerade masks, beads and mattes and got creative. This was a great idea, but the kids quickly lost interest and drifted to various locations. The activity was great and I think it let the kids show off a different side of them, but we definitely need to get outside somewhere (anywhere) next week.