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Day 5 (Middle East) of 2nd Session...

Today we started with a game of Baduk and the Coin. Then we went on a quest to find the Hamsa (a common Middle Eastern symbol used for protection) to defeat the "dark energy" (pollution, deforestation, etc) from harming Little Rose Nature School's forest. We also explored the Muslim story of Ka'aba in Mecca and why Muslims pray towards Mecca. We also discussed what a mosque is, heard a Call to Prayer and designed our own mosque silhouettes. We tried a middle eastern treat of dates with peanut butter and coconut. We also went to the Dead Sea and learned why it is impossible to sink there. We then talked about scientists (from Switzerland and US) who have made an osmotic power generator to pow

Day 4 (China) of 2nd Session...

We explored China and Chinese New Year. We went on a treasure hunt and found Ancient Chinese coins. We are pretty sure it was Chang-E (who can only come to earth on a full moon) that brought us the coins for luck and prosperity. Then we put on the play "Nian, The Horrible Monster" which explains the Chinese tradition of wearing red and making lots of noise with fireworks. Then we saw a traditional Dragon Dance and made our own dragon puppets. We discussed the Three Gorges Dam and how there are good and not so good reasons for getting electricity from hydroelectric power plants. We also held our own Chinese New Year Festival where we played the games seven pieces and shuttlecock. We also tri

Day 3 of 2nd Session (India, Japan, Indonesia)

We started the day with a game of 7 stones (a common game Indian children play). Then we put on a play of Rama and the Demon King (based on Ramayana) and visited the Ganges River during Diwali where we did Henna. Then we looked at some traditional Japanese watercolor paintings and made one of our own...which included kanji (a type of Japanese writing) for the nature element they chose (rainbow, rain, fire, tree, or sky), kanji for "person", their name and then age in kanji. Afterwards, we played the Japanese game Kagome Kagome. Then we went to the Ring of Fire and explored how volcanoes form, the theory of plate tectonics, inner layers of earth and what makes volcanoes explode. Then we label

Day 2 (Australia) of 2nd Session...

Today we put on an Aboriginal Folktale play called Rainbow Serpent, discussed ocean acidification causes and effects as well as how we can help reduce it. Then we played Whale Jenga, studied the Great Barrier Reef and its wildlife, played Coral Reef Rover and drank lemon myrtle tea with kangaroo jerky for snack. After that we talked about Nawarla Gabarnmung and Aboriginal Cave Art and made some of our own on wood (instead of bark or cave walls). We also talked about Australian wildlife (marsupials, monotremes, dingoes, tazmanian devil, inland taipan, death adder and cane toad), played Cane Toad vs Dingos vs Inland Taipan, made boomerangs and explored a different part of the creek...

Day 1 of 2nd Session (Antarctica)

After we played Belgica Antarctica freeze tag, read a book on the food chain in Antarctica, talked about the different penguins of Antacrtica (whether they live on the continent all year or part of the year, specifics of each type and how to identify each one) and made our favorite we went to the greenhouse to pick fresh tomatoes and pick apples off the apple tree to eat. We also had natural popsicles in honor of all the ice on Antarctica. Then we played Sneaky Penguins (where we built our own Adelie nest made of stones), explored the theory of climate change (possible causes and effects), performed a play about Captain Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance and went to the creek to explore/play!

Day 10 (Africa)

We started with a game of Ampe. Then we went inside to "visit" the Nile River and learn about the Egyptians. We discussed how papyrus was made. Then we looked at hieroglyphs at Luxor Temple and stamped our name on papyrus in hieroglyphs. We visited Côte d'Ivoire where nearly half the world's cocoa beans come from and talked about Fair Trade Chocolate (how farmer's get a fairer percentage of profit for their hard work). We then ate chocolate covered strawberries dipped in melted fair trade chocolate. We learned 1 version of the game Mancala (there are several slightly different versions). Then we went to Ghana where they do Adinkra cloth printing (which was originally only for royalty or sacr

Day 9 (North America)

In the morning, we talked about the Statue of Liberty and played a Relay Race related to it. Then we talked about the Cherokee Indians and their culture as well as hunting rituals and efficient use of the animal they killed. Then we went to the woods to look for branches to make our own bow and arrows. We came back to the art studio to smooth our bow and arrows with sandpaper and make notches to add the string for our bows. This took a bit longer than I expected. But since all the kiddos were engaged and enjoying creating a bow and arrow we did this for the first couple hours! We also talked about the Native American’s plant medicine and tasted mint tea (used for stomach aches and headaches.

Day 8 (South America)

We first played Corre Corre (Run, Run). Then we went to the Amazon Rain Forest to learn about the amazing Biodiversity there. We also talked about deforestation and ways we can help (T.R.E.E.S. T-teach others about the importance of the environment R- restore damaged ecosystems by planting and protecting trees E- encourage living in a way that doesn't permanently destroy habitats E- encourage the establishment of parks to protect forests and wildlife S- support companies that are conscious of their effect on the environment). Then we made our own recycled seed paper that can be written on. It will grow flowers if watered and planted under one-quarter-inch layer of soil. Then we talked a

Day 7 (Europe Part 2)

We started with a game of Croquet out on the lawn, went to Bremen in Germany for a play of The Bremen Town Musicians and talked about Gutenberg's contribution to the Printing Press (innovation in the type casting). Then we made our own block prints. Then we visited Finland and discussed some of their crazy sporting events like boot throwing, wife carrying and air guitar championships. We had a snack from the Netherlands called Hagelslag...with honey made by the bees of Little Rose!!! We then "traveled" to Russia (which has the most trees per country due to its massive land mass) and discovered we can tell how old a tree is and the climate history of a region by examining the tree's rings. We

Day 6 (Europe Part 1)

We started the day with a game of Petanque or Bocce Ball. Then we studied the different types of Greek Urns and made observations of how most urns show a picture of their gods/goddesses, a scene from an epic story such as the Iliad or Odyssey, or a part of their everyday life (like washing clothes or picking olives). Then we designed our own black-figure greek urns that depicted a part of our modern life. Then we watched a short video of the Greek myth Icarus and Daedulus and played a version of Icarus vs. the sun tag. Then we went to Italy for the Italian Renaissance and Leonardo Da Vinci. We looked at some of his inventions (including his catapult design in model form) and designed our own

Day 5 (Middle East)

Today we went on a quest to find the Hamsa (a common Middle Eastern symbol used for protection) to defeat the "dark energy" (pollution, deforestation, etc) from harming Little Rose Nature School's forest. We also explored the Muslim story of Ka'aba in Mecca and why Muslims pray towards Mecca. We also discussed what a mosque is, heard a Call to Prayer and designed our own mosque silhouettes. We also went to the Dead Sea and learned why it is impossible to sink there. We then talked about scientists (from Switzerland and US) who have made an osmotic power generator to power houses and played with our very own salt powered cars (the salt water allows the movement of the free magnesium electrons

Day 4 (Asia Part 2)

We explored China and Chinese New Year. We went on a treasure hunt and found Ancient Chinese coins and a scroll with the legend of Chang-E. We are pretty sure it was Chang-E (who can only come to earth on a full moon) that brought us the coins for luck and prosperity. Then we put on the play "Nian, The Horrible Monster" which explains the Chinese tradition of wearing red and making lots of noise with fireworks during New Year. Then we saw a traditional Dragon Dance and made our own dragon puppets. We discussed the Three Gorges Dam and how there are good and not so good reasons for getting electricity from hydroelectric power plants. We also held our own Chinese New Year Festival where we pl

Day 3 (India, Japan and Indonesia)

We started the day with a game of 7 stones (a common game Indian children play). Then we put on a play of Rama and the Demon King (based on Ramayana) and visited the Ganges River during Diwali where we did Henna. After that each kid had a chance to make their own vegetarian sushi roll while the others played Kagome Kagome. Then we looked at some traditional Japanese watercolor paintings and made one of our own...which included kanji (a type of Japanese writing) for the nature element they chose (rainbow, rain, fire, tree, or sky), kanji for "person", their name and then age in kanji. Then we went to the Ring of Fire and explored how volcanoes form, theory of plate tectonics and why they expl

Day 2 (Australia)

Today we put on an Aboriginal Folktale play called Rainbow Serpent, discussed ocean acidification and how we can help reduce it. Then we played Whale Jenga, studied the Great Barrier Reef and its wildlife, played Coral Reef Rover and drank lemon myrtle tea for snack. After that we talked about Nawarla Gabarnmung and Aboriginal Cave Art and made some of our own on wood (instead of bark or cave walls). We also talked about Australian wildlife (marsupials, monotremes, dingoes, tazmanian devil, inland taipan, death adder and cane toad), played Cane Toad vs Dingos vs Inland Taipan, made bullroarers and explored the creek again...

Day 1(Antarctica) exploring the creek...

After we played Belgica Antarctica freeze tag, read a book on the food chain in Antarctica, talked about the different penguins of Antacrtica (whether they live on the continent all year or part of the year, specifics of each type and how to identify each one) and made our favorite, played Sneaky Penguins (where we built our own Adelie nest made of stones), explored the theory of global warming, performed a play about Captain Shackleton's voyage of Endurance and made snowcones/slushies....we went to the creek to play! The pics with me are where we are playing a game called Ancient Moss (a moss 5,000 years old that can freeze and unfreeze to survive harsh winters in Antarctica) I will try to

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