Well it has been an exciting two weeks at Lake Norman Prep-we had fall break! Last Thursday we packed up the car and headed to Black Mountain, NC for the LEAF festival. The kids put their skills to work putting up the tent (with the help of Dad), drumming, kayaking, paddle boarding, meeting new people and exploring. It was a much needed vacation and one that we look forward to each year. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and we had to start back to school on Monday.
One of the luxuries of camping and relaxing for a few days is time for reflection. In my mind, I know that the kids are “on track” with where I planned for them to be up to this point. However as a parent/teacher, I often wonder if they are getting the information or not. As I reflected, I remembered many of the kids “aha” moments. Several had to do with books that we have read or are reading-such as one day we saw a full rainbow over our town. The kids started a discussion on whether or not the Norse gods were on the rainbow and if they were why. We are reading D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths.
Theses “light bulb” moments continued through the week. Tuesday Sawyer, Parks and I went on a hike and Parks gave Sawyer a lesson on moss and how it spreads-a lesson he had on a previous hike at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. The whole “class” also had lessons on the layers of the earth and land forms this week and last. I could not have planned a better time. We are also reading The Magician’s Nephew. In the book, there is an inter-world with several lakes surrounded by forest. Sims immediately realized that this was an area with a system of lakes and Parks, then, decided to make this system of lakes out of construction paper. As scary as it is, the land forms continued through the week as the kids went on their weekly hike at Latta. The kids learned about a ravine and erosion. They followed the ravine to the delta. I wish I had actually planned for everything to come together like that, but it was pure coincidence. I love how life works out like that sometimes!