Monday, February 18, 2013

Busy week at the Schoolhouse!

Last week had a hectic pace. We had so many great things planned!

First there was Costume Day, where we could dress up in honor of Mardi Gras. Thursday morning we had our first-ever kid-suggested Hot Sauce Day, where we tried various kinds of yummy salsa. In the afternoon, we harvested lots of greens and herbs in the front garden for Garden Day to help prepare for our hugelkulture bed to be created. Finally, we squeezed time at the end of the day Thursday to share Valentine's Day appreciation cards and eat goodies together. Friday we headed to Bastrop for our weekly field trip. We visited and learned about sustainable home building using compressed earth blocks. We learned some pretty fascinating information on the Bastrop fires and how the community is still recovering. 

Amelia loved these oversized shoes
Thank you Dino and Dan for driving and coming out with us to Bastrop! 

Jonas in a fierce wolf hat

Sy in awesome adventure goggles

In full costume

Sy created a multi-level obstacle course gym. Here he is demonstrating how to use the course.

Hot Sauce Day snacks were offered outside

Renee made this beautiful bracelet outside
Rio using the PARADE!CLUB ribbons like a pro

Happy Valentine's Day!

Earth house under construction in Bastrop

The blocks were about 40 lbs and were very cool to the touch - great thermal mass!


Learning about sustainable building

Saturday we held a hugelkultur workshop at the schoolhouse. Renee and Amelia came out to help and showed the other kids around the schoolhouse! 

We can't wait to see what's in store for us this week! 
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Austin Children's Museum

What a beautiful day to take a trip downtown! The Austin Children's Museum just opened a new exhibit called "Think, Do, Make," which explores nano particle size, flow with aerodynamics and airstreams, and building with connectors and blocks. This trip was a great fit for our fort unit and we brought a lot of knowledge and a big lunch to fuel our day. We ended our trip with some reflection of our experience and of our learning. 

Renee and Jonas building with Kapla blocks

Rio and Jonas exploring paths using airstreams

Smile for the picture!

Amelia and Jonas found a way to use the heavy pulley
Sy building a pathway using pegs and slides.

Nano magnets in ferrofluid! Totally cool! 

Reflecting after lunch

Austin Children's Museum