Saturday, May 15, 2010

Gold rush.

I think my kids have the best school, with the best teachers, with the best ideas.

Yesterday was the 4th grade Gold Rush.
Outdoor "class" all day.
The kids had to wear their best old timey attire.
The Girl's dress was from Chigger Hill Cottage.

They had to stake their claim.

They found gold.

And then they got challenges thrown at them.
Things like "You're not feeling well! Find the town doctor for a visit."
They had to pay the doctor in gold, and he would prescribe things like 2 skittles.

One of The Girl's challenges was "Uh oh! You're stinky! Find the Chinese laundromat and wash your clothes." So she had to pay.

They also had to pay in gold to get their lunch.
If they had run out, they had to go find more.
It was so funny to hear the kids complaining about having to work for their food!
I wanted to laugh and say, "Welcome to the real world, ya punks!"
But I was nice.
I just smiled and snapped pictures.

There's Gold in them thar hills!!
(or in our case, in them thar plains.)


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Susan R said...

What a cute idea. My son did something a little similar with his "Civil War Reenactment". It wsa very well done and the kids are still talking about it.
Who says learinging can't be fun?.... Or.....Why can't learning be fun? I bet the kids won't remember sitting in a classroom reading about this kind of thing, but I bet they would if they went outside and experienced it a little for themselves.

Ruth said...

fun! happy weekend beki, hope it's a lovely one!

Casey said...

GREAT idea! Wow... I am totally sending my kids to your school! Our schools' outdoor "class" consists of kick ball and tug of war. REEEEAAAAALLLL educational ya know. HA!

Looks like fun!

Maria G said...

Sounds like a great idea!! Neat concept for sure.

amy d said...

ha ha...punks!

Chad and Jody said...

favorite post ever. I love hearing about the gold rush at school. The 2nd graders always find the extra gold for days afterwards!

kraftykash said...

What a great event for the 4th graders. Korby is in 4th grade and would haved loved that. Very creative teachers!!

Wendy said...

Charging kids to do their laundry and feed them? I like it!

Unknown said...

I love experiential learning!!!

:) Laura

Julie Harward said...

Looks like a good idea and a fun day! Getting outside like that on a Spring day is worth gold! Come say hi :D

Melinda said...

How much fun for them--lucky they had good weather.


Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

Wow! That sounds fun!

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

How neat! There is a ranch nearby that does historical reenactments all the time plus classes on living during the 1800s. Great for field trips!

Christina said...

That's so fun! Christian's teacher this year has a motto...basically: they hear, they forget; they see, they remember; they do and they understand. Her class is full of doing...whatever they learn about they do it, no matter what. It's been a fun year, and I know they have learned so much from all the hands on stuff.
That will be something that they don't forget, for a long time, anyway. :)

carissa said...

what a fantastic idea! i did something similar in 4th grade... and still remember it! what fun memories your kids will have!

patty said...

thanks for visiting my blog!

her dress is adorable, and i love when teachers get creative and think outside the box. great life-lessons, a healthy day of fresh air... who could ask for more?!

rentz said...

I wasn't able to go this year since I was helping with 5th grade fun day. Should've had you take a pic or two of Jake. Shoot! When I asked him how it was he said, "It was ok. But not as fun as I thought it would be."
Brookie thought that was odd. She had too much fun last year with it.

Heathahlee said...

How cool is that!?! I would have loved to get to do that when I was her age!

Chigger Hill Cottage said...

Beki, I never saw this post!!! Just happened to see how many "mentions" CHC had while playing around with google this morning. Thank you so much! I love your blog! -Rhonda