Friday, November 2, 2012

Oct26_Hotel

When we told Anna’s teacher that we are going to take her out for a week, she said, Great idea! Kids with Anna’s mind learn so much on the road. She gave us some school work to take with us that she said she put together specially for Anna – a trip journal, a weather tracker, and “number detective” work – find a number, then write 4 other numbers: +1, –1, 10, –10. Anna loved the number work and added some of her own variations to the blank pages.

Oct21_Driving

On the road we spent time listening to The Story of the World, Volume 2. 7+ hours on the road pass much quicker with a good story, and it was interesting to listen to Anna’s questions and connections she was drawing between different events. She picked her favorite parts too – a naval battle between England and Spain, for example. She is becoming quite a history buff, except she doesn’t care about dates or names, only about the events themselves and what they meant to the world.

Oct23_MonkeyObservation

Anna was super excited about San Diego zoo, because her teacher told her that she used to do her research there by studying monkeys. Naturally, Anna couldn’t wait to get to monkeys. Luckily, capuchins were pretty lively, and we spent at least 30 minutes in front of their cage while Anna wrote and wrote in her writing journal that we brought along together with pencils and erasers. Here is her report (with spelling corrections):

Oct23_WritingMonkeys pick bugs out of others’ fur to eat. Monkeys eat fruits. Monkeys climb trees and jump on to rocks. Monkeys observe us. Monkeys climb trees to get their lunch. Monkeys walk on ropes in their habitat. Monkeys can stand on only their back legs. Monkeys stash food for themselves. Monkeys probably like swinging because they have a swing in their cage.

The best part of schooling on the road, of course, is a journey itself. I am grateful for a chance to take my daughter to new places, to watch her excitement over new discoveries and to hear her questions. I am looking forward to more travel and schooling on the road in the future.

9 comments:

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Anna's report on monkeys is very impressive! I wish our elementary school shared Anna's teacher's philosophy - they were very upset when we pulled Emma out of kindergarten to go to Montreal last year.

Julie said...

Wow! It sounds like she has a great teacher. I'm so impressed she put those things together for her. And I love Anna's report! Every time you mention The Story of the World, I think of how I should get it for us and I never get around to it... one of these days...

Autumn said...

What an amazing experience for Anna! Love her notebook. Makes me want to take more field trips! I've had friends who say that their kids have huge leaps in their learning whenever they take road trips. Hopefully that was the experience for Anna as well. :)

Autumn said...

PS, where did you find that notebook? I'd love to get one of those for my kids.

Joyful Learner said...

Looks like our kind of school! Should check out the lemurs at the SF Zoo. They are fascinating!

Ticia said...

We love road trips too. I might need to get our history curriculum on CD

Christy said...

Unfortunately, our school is similar to Maryanne's; they are always upset when we pull the kids out for travel. We still do it. It's fun and kids learn so much on trips! Plus, vacation spots during school are a lot less crowded! It sounds like Anna loved the trip.

Debbie said...

That is so cool that Anna's teacher was so good about pulling her out for a week. That wouldn't fly here.

Sarah said...

I'm glad Anna's teacher didn't mind her missing school. I'm sure she learned a lot on her trip. It sounds like you had a great time!