The eighth graders have landed safely in Boston and are taxiing to the terminal now. Please keep this group of students, chaperones, faculty, and administration in your prayers as they spend the rest of the week touring historic Boston!
Sixth grade students are on their way to Washington D.C. this morning! Please keep the group of students, chaperones, faculty, and administration in your prayers.
“I can’t do this!” One kindergarten student voices frustration in class while a fellow classmate quickly encourages, “Can’t isn’t allowed in kindergarten, remember? We can all try!”
Puzzles are messy. You start with a pile of mixed up pieces and begin framing the whole picture. This week, our puzzle frame started with the first settlement at Jamestown followed by the inside pieces of the puzzle that contained sprawling lush plantations, stately manor homes, colonial shops and trades, and the early government of the Virginia colony.
Today, we were fortunate to have our great National Park tour guide from Jamestown Settlement join us to engage our fifth graders with the final battle of the American Revolution. Our visit to Yorktown, where Lord Cornwallis surrendered to Commander
No, we are not referring to the hit song from Michael J. Fox’s debut in Back to the Future in the 1980s. That is definitely before our children’s time, but nowhere near as far back as our adventures at Shirley Plantation and Monticello. The concept of time seemed to creep quietly into all of our conversations and tours throughout the day. And even with nearly 300 years between the building of these famous homes and today, many aspects of our lives remain constant but are just manifested differently.
At Shirley Plantation, the fifth graders experienced a hands-on activity that is a daily part of
There’s something to be said for “going all out” and getting into character. Well, Geneva fifth graders and their chaperones rose to the occasion, dressed in their finest, and shined as colonists in Colonial Williamsburg!
Our day centered around experiencing daily life in the early 1800’s and what it took to live during that time. Let’s just take shoes for example. Don’t we just run up to the store, select from a large variety, try one or two on, buy them and not ever wonder about how they are actually made? Something as simple as shoes became a mesmerizing moment for our boys with a vi
Questions, questions, questions seemed to be the theme of the day.
The questions began with our guide introducing the idea that many more mysteries remain unanswered and unresolved by historians and archeologists regarding Jamestown, the first permanent settlement in America.
While you can read about Jamestown in books and on the internet, there is so much you cannot learn without actually being here and experiencing it firsthand. Our morning guide whetted our appetites for the “mystery” and the desire to investigate the story for ourselves by asking our own questions and making connections.
After 775 miles, 16 hours, pouring rain, two meals at Cracker Barrel, and plenty of silliness, we arrived safely in Williamsburg. Although the day started early this morning, the kids’ energy levels could fool you: the laughter, endless chatter, and enthusiasm lasted strong throughout the whole day. Even the rain and inability to run off some energy at our second rest stop didn’t damper anyone’s mood. It was wonderful to hear giggles and joy permeating throughout each bus!
Halfway through the day, a bus and seat shuffle change saw all the boys in the orange bus and all the girls in the green bus. It
The buses carrying our 47 students, 3 teachers & administrators, 17 chaperones, and 2 drivers pulled out from The Geneva School at 6:30am sharp this morning, starting the fifth grade’s journey to Williamsburg! Here are some photos from the morning’s journey…