Monday, November 7, 2011

Countdown to Thanksgiving Day 7: School

This is the seventh in a daily series celebrating the blessings I'm thankful for, leading up to Thanksgiving. While they will portray some of the many -- and random -- things I have to be thankful for, they will not be presented in any particular order by degree of thankfulness. Skewed priorities should not be implied.

There's nothing quite like a day off from school to make a mom extra thankful for good schools.

We've been blessed by the two schools our kids attend.  Both schools utilize their grounds in educating their students, getting kids outside every day and learning hands-on beyond science class and field trips.

Math?  Let's go out into the woods and compare oaks and maples as we study ratios and graphing.

Social Studies? Head to the garden, pick the stuff you need, and make salsa for Spanish class.  Build an adobe oven and cook food in it.

Botany? Sow seeds, watch them sprout, plant them, and harvest as you observe the life cycle of plants.

Biology? Go outside and find native animal and plant species, or evidence of them.  Dip nets into the pond to see the diverse life it contains.

English? Write a research paper on a particular animal, ecosystem, or plant.

They have passionate teachers wanting to see them excel.  One of our schools requires students who are struggling with a subject to stay after school an extra hour for tutor time with the teacher of that subject; you can voluntarily participate as well.

Our school culture is terrific as well, with many family fun events that allow us as parents to better know our kids' teachers and classmates while developing friendships with fellow parents.

Sure, I could provide a like education if I home-schooled, but my kids probably wouldn't survive to be educated.  I know my limits.

Which is why I'm thankful to send them off to school every day, Monday through Friday, knowing they'll be well cared for, happy, active and learning.

Every day, that is, except for those pesky school holidays...

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