They built themselves a little fire pit from old bricks, and dragged over stumps for seats.
After spring break it was back to the real world. Emma has been experiencing her first AP class, and for reasons related to how the AP system requires the class to teach to the test, it will also be her last AP class. She wasn't sure she wanted to take the AP exam (many colleges don't even accept it for credit anymore), but the review made up her mind for her. In the photo below, on the left is the textbook she's been reading all semester. On the right is the "review" book that her teacher told them to read before the AP exam. Ridiculous. It's basically reading a second textbook to get ready to take a test. She learned a lot in this class because she has a good teacher, but these classes are nothing like college classes --instead of the critical thinking we try to stress in college, they are a semester of memorizing tiny details and regurgitating them on multiple-choice tests. Even the essay portion of the exams is graded based on how many tiny details you include, rather than whether you understood some over-arching principle.