Students at Austin StartUp School develop strategic thinking, body awareness and self-assuredness as they sharpen their fencing skills! Similar to dancing, fencing requires an understanding of timing, tempo, measure and velocity and can be a highly effective stress reliever. En garde!
Our Students Practice Poise and Grace with the Art of Sport Fencing
By Suzanne Curriculum, History, Physical Education Oct 06, 2016
Our Students Rock a Visit to the Calistoga Petrified Forest
By Suzanne Curriculum, Field Trips, History, Science, Worldschooling Aug 17, 2016
This uniquely preserved ancient forest near the gateway to the Napa Valley in California was created following a violent volcanic explosion 3.4 million years ago. Littered with felled Redwood trees of a now extinct variety, the students navigated the three-dimensional fossils on site while absorbing a lesson on permineralization from the docent. The role of[…]
Warning: At Austin StartUp School, Teleportation May Occur
By Suzanne Curriculum, History Jun 08, 2016
“As I walk along this path, I see it so clearly! A boy, maybe he was our future president? He touched the building right here, and sort of knocked on it. Then he picked up his lunch sack, and started running right about there… He’s a boy, just like me!” Physically walking in the footsteps[…]
Handmade Weaponry Awakens Medieval Characters
By Suzanne Curriculum, Fine Arts, History, Science Mar 07, 2016
Dash gilded a proper handmade sword to accompany his first day of studies on The Middle Ages! Sanding and sculpting his wooden version first, he then carefully created a sand cast into which a metalsmith poured the molten metal. Once cooled, polished and the handle wrapped with leather…a young boy’s medieval character came to life!
Aaaand…It’s a Wrap!
By Suzanne Curriculum, History, Home Economics, Science Mar 04, 2016
The kids “wrap up” their Ancient Egypt studies with the completion of a chicken mummification project! Seven weeks of salting with an organic mixture similar to natron preceded oiling, scenting with spice and wrapping with “linen”. This chicken mummy is now ready for chicken spirit repossession!
History and Home Economics Blend in the Kitchen
By Suzanne Curriculum, Food for thought, History, Home Economics Jan 28, 2016
The children research the Ancient Egyptian diet & vintage recipes, create & print a menu and shopping list, and execute a meal for 5 independently. A delicious choice for extending our studies on Ancient Egyptian history!
Kinesthetic Learning Brings an Ancient Art Form into the 21st Century!
By Suzanne Curriculum, Entrepreneurship, Fine Arts, History Jan 21, 2016
Check out this ring that one of our students made in her metalsmithing class for young entrepreneur jewelry makers! This class is the perfect artistic expression to compliment her current history studies on Ancient Egypt. Using primitive tools similar to those used over 5000 years ago, the ancient world is brought forward into her grasp.[…]