As for many people this year, we've had to be quite flexible to figure out a way forward with school in the Covid era. We are very thankful that we've had the capacity to continue with in-classroom schooling! And as most of you know, our teachers arrived, safe and sound, in early December so since Christmas Break we've been "back to normal" around here. One thing that we've done in previous years that we've been able to continue this year is one of the kids' favorites, Learning Experience Day. Once a month we take a break from regular school in order to focus on one specific subject, learning through nature walks, videos, games, and projects. In past years we've explored everything from construction and solar panels to chickens and germs. I thought I'd give everyone a brief recap of our themes from this year so far. Enjoy...we sure did!
September: Owls and Raptors. A throwback to a similar day from 2017, we were able to observe both a barn owl and several local hawks, in addition to learning about bird beak adaptations, dissect owl pellets, and sew cute baby owls from socks!
|can you spot the hawk?|
October: Rocks. While unable to actually tour our local quarry due to safety restrictions, we hiked to an overlook to observe heavy machinery mining and making gravel for the road. We also had fun categorizing and observing rocks and minerals, and wrapped up by creating artwork and stories from rocks.
|the quarry is behind us in this picture...dust from the gravel creation|
|A little mascot we picked up on our rock walk|
|Some story/rock art|
|cow getting milked|
|look at the variety of specimens collected!!|