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