HomeSchool: October 1 - 5

Hi everybody!

A BIG thankyou to Ki Kate Brown for subbing for me Tuesday, to Ki Julia Fields for driving her vehicle to the Georgia coast, and to Ki Michelle Scott for bringing pumpkin and apple cinnamon muffins for a special snack! 

Our field trip to Saint Simons Island and Cumberland Island was wonderful and the staff at Driftwood Education Center is amazing! I've attached some photos below.

On Thursday, we had a going away get-together for Brendan down at the Pond Overlook. We created a big card for him and presented him with a special treasure. We are sad that he is no longer going to be a part of our little tribe!

Some students gave a recap of their Great States! presentations and others gave their presentation for the first time. It was clear that everyone had done good research on their state and learned a lot about it. We'll continue to work on our public speaking and presentation skills. We spent the rest of the morning painting Native American patterns on our talking sticks. See the photos for a preview of what they will look like.

On Tuesday, Logan will give her Great States! presentation. We'll continue painting our talking sticks. And we will begin our study of amphibians with a look at the differences between frogs and toads and how they are represented in cultures around the world. If your child wears older clothes that day, they will be less likely to get paint on them. (Kind of like when you bring an umbrella it is less likely to rain.)

On Thursday, we will go on a Creek Crawl so come to school in swimsuits, shorts, shirts, and water shoes or boots. Bring a full change of clothes including two more pairs of socks! We will spray our talking sticks with a sealant to protect them. And we will look at frogs of the rainforest.

Quote from a child: "The scorpion was the pioneer of all land animals. I think history will decide he is just as important as Columbus."    

Quote from Rachel Carson, from A Sense of Wonder, 1956: 

A child’s world is fresh and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. 

It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, 

is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children 

I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, 

as an unfailing antidote against boredom and disenchantments of later years,

the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, 

the alienation from sources of our own strength.

See you 'round the bend!

Ki Sonya