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[…]
Our Students Rock a Visit to the Calistoga Petrified Forest
By Suzanne Curriculum, Field Trips, History, Science, Worldschooling Aug 17, 2016
Science “Sticks” When Applied to Recreating Movie Stunts!
By Suzanne Curriculum, Education Technology, Field Trips, Physical Education, Science Apr 28, 2016
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!
Students Seek Another Layer of Learning Within Their Community
By Suzanne Curriculum, Field Trips, Science Feb 08, 2016
A student gets an in-depth *view* of an eyeball as he *focuses* on completing its dissection, guided by a guest neurobiologist at Austin’s Thinkery children’s museum.
Biochemistry Fun in the Kitchen!
By Suzanne Curriculum, Food for thought, Home Economics, Science Feb 02, 2016
The students make their first batch of kombucha while absorbing a science lesson on bacteria and yeast at Austin Startup School. Discussion on how it supports digestive health, the benefits of probiotics, and experimenting with secondary fermentation and flavorings expanded the learning!