Wednesday, September 27, 2017

2017 EK/HS Fall Farm Camping!

Outstanding weather for our first trip to the farm in for the 

2017-2018 school year!

Last week, the EK/HS program enjoyed four days of hard work at Green Oaks Creek Farm in Pescadero. Harvest season is in full swing, so we were able to enjoy the fruits of the fields with our planned meals, harvesting, preparing and cooking produce like zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, squash and other bounty. We worked hard helping to harvest fall produce, but also helped get the farm ready for the fall growing season by weeding and planting winter crops like collard greens, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli. A fabulous week working close to nature and enjoying the outdoors!

At Pillar Point Lighthouse en route to the farm
The tents are up! And we are ready for our week of work.
Cooking Mr. Renato's favorite dinner over the fire pit!
Learning about amending the soil in the garden with gypsum and oyster shells
Fertilizing each plant in the garden
A great lunch - lox and bagels with all the trimmings
Our visit to the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History - the life-size gray whale outside

Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner with garlic bread and salad

We are hungry after a hard day's work in the fields

Sun Gold tomatoes harvest
Sun Gold Tomato Salad - the fruits of our labors

More work in the garden - removing old mulch and fertilizing afterwards

Beautiful open fire made a great back-drop for our traditional annual "Talent Show!"

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pickle Making in the Children's House

Yesterday, one of the children was out watering the garden and came inside to excitedly report that the teachers HAD to come with him to see the cucumbers. They were very big! There was only one thing to do: plan a pickle-making day!

The first step was to wash and slice all of the cucumbers we could pick. We went to the garden twice to get more cucumbers, and then once more to cut some fresh chives from the herb bed to put in the pickling jar.

 Fudge got the cucumber ends as a treat.

The pickling spices smell so good! What is this piece?

With the cucumbers, chives, and spices added, all that remained was to add a little sugar, salt, and vinegar. The jar will sit out on our counter today, then go in the refrigerator for one week. Then our pickles will be ready to eat!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

History Trip to Boston and Massachusetts

The Erdkinder and High-School's Week on the East Coast!

Last week, the EK/HS program traveled to a very historically important state: Massachusetts. This trip was the culmination of our entire year's study of America and provided an amazing opportunity to visit many of the places we have read about in both our literature lessons and history lessons for the year.

A Sunny Day at Plimoth Plantation
 It would take a long time to list all of the places we visited that helped inform us about the pre-colonial times, Colonial period and the path to American independence, but we chose just a few images to illustrate our journey here. At the end of the blog, you'll find a list of all the places we visited and toured.
Bunker Hill Monument
Charlestown MA is rich with history and we started our walk along the entire Freedom Trail here. Two students chose to run up the Bunker Hill monument - it has almost 300 steps!

A Fun Stop for a Photo on the Freedom Trail!
Overall, this was a truly memorable trip and one that the students will reflect upon and learn from in the years to come!

The Erdkinder and High School Community

Places We Visited:
Lexington - Buckman Tavern; Concord - Concord Museum and Orchard House where Louisa May Alcott wrote her novels; Salem MA - The House of The Seven Gables and Salem Witch Museum; Cambridge MA - Harvard, Harvard Yard, Peabody Essex Museum; Plymouth, MA - The Plimoth Plantation Museum and Plimoth Grist Mill; Charlestown MA - Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown Navy Yard, USS Constitution and Museum, Museum of Science; Freedom Trail - Cobbs Burial Ground, Old North Church, Paul Revere House, Old State House, Old South Meeting House, The Granary, The Massachusetts State House, Boston Common, Boston Duck Tours, The Prudential Center.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Winter Conferences for ErdKinder and High School

Conferences - Showing Parents our Hard Work!

We held winter conferences in the EK/HS program. We are the only level at PRINTS that conferences with parents three times each year as opposed to twice for the lower levels. 

Conferencing more frequently, and sharing our work gives a greater degree of formal accountability for the students, and enables the parents to see how their children are being prepared well for the rigors of a high-school program. It's always fun for the teachers to hear their students' perspectives on projects and hear how they assess themselves - a very important life skill!

Sharing a Science Project with Parents

Looking Over Recent Math Assignments

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

2016 California Missions and Hearst Castle Trip

Following the California Missions trail along El Camino Real and seeing Hearst Castle along the way

We spent three days visiting as many of the California Missions as possible between San Mateo and San Luis Obispo. We managed to see seven of the 21 Missions in the chain, and we visited Hearst Castle, too. We learned so much about the Spanish desire to build churches to convert native peoples, and how their colonization of California still impacts our state today. The trip was the culmination of all of the research we have done into California history so far this year.

In the doorway of Soledad Mission
Mission San Antonio de Padua - the most remote mission.
Very beautiful scenery!
Because Mission San Antonio de Padua was closed,
we could only view it from afar
So close to an old tank near Mission San Antonio - it's on a army base.
How the Spanish made candles from tallow
The "Sheep Gate" at San Miguel. The drive the sheep through into the quadrangle to be sheered.
Everyone agreed that Mission San Miguel was their favorite interior
Inside Mission San Miguel
Courtyard at San Luis Obispo

Hearst castle exterior

Hearst Castle decorated for the holidays
The indoor swimming pool at Hearst Castle. Real gold on the floors!
Very beautiful view from the castle

Seals, elephant seals and the beach.
Beautiful scenery on Big Sur coast

McWay Falls

Fr. Junipero Serra Monument at Carmel Mission

Looking at models of missions

Signing the visitors book

Courtyard at Mission San Miguel

Bells at San Luis Obispo
Playing board games in our hotel room at night

Carmel Mission exterior
Interior of Carmel Mission

Very old music!

The Spanish were very small!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Erdkinder's Last Trip to the Farm for 2016

Green oaks Creek Farm, November 2016. 

We spent the day working in the ornamental garden, weeding and trimming. It's amazing how green and lush the farm is after the recent rains. All the shrubs and plants have suddenly grown so much!

We enjoyed our time at the farm. And on the way home, we stopped at Gazos Creek Beach off of Highway 1. It was a fresh and windy beach trip, but we were glad to enjoy our time together.

The jasmine has grown so much

Look how green the grass is!
Getting ready to weed the paths and patio.

Standing on the creek overlook

It's hard work, but we have fun!

Even the teachers go up to the tree house sometimes!

Overlooking the empty strawberry fields.

Showing our love for the farm.

Gathering our belongings and getting ready to leave.

Beauty at the beach

Skipping stones
So many birds at the beach

Discussing our beach findings.

The wind is getting up - it's almost time to leave.

Rock with a hole inspires artistic photo!

Creek empties into ocean.