Elementary Class visits Australia


“Fasten your seatbelts. This twenty-two hour Quantas Airline flight to
Melbourne, Australia is about to take off!”  

Thus began the Elementary class’s multidisciplinary study of
Australia.  For the past few weeks, our Elementary students have been
surfing near Bondi Beach, touring Tasmania, studying Australian
cartography and landforms, speaking in Aussie slang, creating
Aboriginal-styled artwork, eating Vegemite, pumpkins scones and
Brisbane oranges, and avoiding (and studying) large Australian
insects.  Children have been so busy they haven’t had time to snorkel
around the Great Barrier Reef, listen to the didgeridoo or observing
the crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove yet.  All while developing reading,
writing, math and social studies skills.

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Elementary teachers, Mrs. Hannon and Mrs. Hatziyannis, whose
creativity, enthusiasm and  passion for their classroom make their
program unrivaled.
Why are children so enthuiastic? This type of multidisciplinary,
integrated continent study brings all forms of
intelligence—linguistic, emotions, musical, movement and spatial
reasoning, and logical-mathematic together to create rigorous,
relevant, and engaging learning.  The ‘virtual’ field trip provides
the context for our students to make connections across disciplines in
a meaningful way.  Students see a purpose to their learning, even
though Australian is on the other side of the globe.

So if you see an Elementary student this week, be sure to say, “G’day,
Mate! Have a ripper of a trip!”

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