Archeology and Stuff

So, I emailed the kids’ teachers today for the first time since we left. I wanted to check in to see how what we were doing compared with what they were doing. Because if I’m honest, I don’t feel like we’re doing much. Weeks where we are on the road, nothing really gets done, and even now we are settled in one place for a few weeks, it’s hard, somehow, to make the time to do “school”. Yes, I know travelling is an education in itself, but as I think I may have mentioned before, I don’t want them to return to school feeling lost in any way. Hence the need to check in.
One teacher got back to me almost immediately with a pretty detailed run-down of what they were doing, and he happened to mention that they were doing an archeological dig in class tomorrow using rice as soil, and with real artifacts supplied by Parks Canada so they can learn how we discover information about the past. Excellent idea – what an exciting hands on lesson for a grade five class!
It occurred to me as I finished reading the email that we had been to the “Dig” archeological museum in York where our own little students had a similar experience. They were able to dig up real artifacts from York’s Roman occupation, it’s Viking era, and it’s Tudor period. I was pleased to make the connection, so I started to tell the teacher about it in my response email. Then I remembered we had also been to the current Roman excavation of Vindalanda near Hadrian’s Wall. Then I thought about our brush with The Acropolis, our tour of The Roman Colosseum, and finally our visit to ancient Akrotiri in Santorini where we actually walked on the streets that had been buried in volcanic ash for the past 3,500 years.
Then I stopped writing the email because it sounded braggy. I just deleted it and said instead that she was familiar with archeology from our trip, so she should be ok for social studies.
The great revelation for me, though, was the fact that even when I think we aren’t doing any “school”, we are, of course, doing all kinds of it. It’s just not the kind where we are in a classroom or sitting at a table. I need to make sure I remember that more often. The experiences our kids have had with just that one topic in the past two months are more than many will have in a lifetime. It reminds me how lucky they are. How lucky we are. What an amazing gift to our family and to each other this year is, despite it’s ups and downs. In fact, there aren’t really any downs, are there?






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5 thoughts on “Archeology and Stuff

  1. Deneen

    Just procrastinating getting ready for tomorrow and thought it time I check in on you! Talk about jealous!!! hmmmm so proud of what you are doing… and how we are all richer for it!
    As a curriculum geek… I read the above and imagined the programs of study (or your checklists) with all your experiences highlighted (where aligned) to the outcomes…. according to the grade your kids are in… LOL Like you said… you’d be suprised! I think you could put a whole new dimention to curriculum MAPPING! Hmmm title: “Where In The World We Found Our PEI Curriculum Outcomes!”…. by Jane Hastelow
    Print off your post and send that email with pics. It could enhance the other learning!

    Did I say, Miss you? Enjoy!

    • Oooh, thanks for putting me back where I needed to be! I’m excited and will be heading straight to the checklists today. I’m sure it will make me feel better! And will be intellectually stimulating at the same time. I’m totally ready to engage with curriculum again now that we’re a couple of months in to the school year. Miss you guys too.

      Sent from my iPad

  2. Don’t want to say ‘I told you so’, but…

    Other than the luggage incident, it sounds like things are pretty much running as smoothly as could be expected. Adapt, improvise & overcome.

    If you’d like, I could do some mathS catch-up with the kids when you all get back to the UK before Christmas, just to check that they’re holding their own with the boring. classroom type work.

    Keep up the blogs & photos.

  3. Michelle

    You guys are doing awesome.Alot more school type work than most parents ever do with their children.xoxo

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