Friday, March 19, 2010

A Guest Student at St. Agatha Lin Academy

We started with a field trip to the Audubon Center in Tiburon. We got explorer backpacks and ran to our "secret garden," benches surrounded by plum trees and accessed through a narrow, hidden path. Cool! Then off to the beach to identify birds, look for crabs (lots!), talk about sharks, and answer unprompted questions from the kids about God and Jesus (yeah!) At the end of the day, it was the shared information about how a shark kills its prey that Will most remembered.

We also poked at a seemingly mummified cat that had washed up on the beach (skin and bones and a good anatomy lesson), talked about geography and directions (prompted by views of SF and Mt. Tam), and recorded our observations by each keeping a nature journal. We even practiced writing our names in ancient Egyptian script before going home and starting on art projects.

Flowers, designs, science, and math riddles (the jokes were silly, but reinforced underlying understanding). Throw in some ad hoc reading and it was a very productive "unschooling" day!

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