Upper Grades: September 3 - 7

Greetings Upper Grades families,

We continued our study of Local Geography last week. We looked into the forces that have shaped the Georgia landscape through the ages, and this week we'll tie in how that geography has shaped human history in the area, with studies of the indigenous peoples and the European settlers. The students worked in small groups to research and present to the class each of the geographical regions and how they were formed, the characteristics of the regions, and the natural resources and crops that are produced in each region. We also built 3-D models of the state characterizing each region's elevation and topography and continued with map drawing, compass work, and honing our composition and grammar skills. We also continued weaving our review of arithmetic into our daily studies.

Reminder that our field trip to the Etowah Indian Mounds and New Echota is this Thursday, September 13. We will be leaving from the school parking lot at 9:00am returning by 3:30pm. 

We're so excited that we will be taking an overnight field trip to St. Simons Island next month, with Ki Sonya and her older Homeschool students! We'll leave early on the morning of Monday, October 1 and return in the evening on October 3. Detailed packing and departure information will be sent soon. We'll be staying at the Driftwood Education Center where we will study marine science, and take a deeper look into Georgia's coastal plain and barrier island regions. If your child will not be able to attend, please let us know asap so we can adjust our headcount totals. Please be on the lookout for medical forms and permission slips coming home soon. We hope this trip will provide a meaningful and experiential conclusion to our Local Geography block as well as an opportunity for continuing to build healthy group dynamics and relationships as a class.

We were so very proud of our class as they organized and MC'd the first assembly at the Garden School this past Friday.  They did a beautiful job of singing our song, "Land of the Silver Birch."  See the video on the Families Facebook page!

Have a great week!


Ki Carol and Ki Molly

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