Our CHCS Family grew over the summer! I brought my family to see the campus and as they were exploring, they found some beautiful kittens behind building G1 under one of the wooden spools. Birth and babies never cease to amaze me! I was in the delivery room for each of my own children. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. When Kelly was born, the midwife asked me to cut the umbilical cord. I asked if there wasn't someone more qualified in the room to do that. There was. I did it anyway. Aaron came so quickly that I felt like a baseball catcher behind the plate as I caught him. Birth is one of the wonders of the natural world we will use to inspire our students.
Life cycles of animals is part of the 2nd grade science standards. Does that mean we can only have 2nd graders keeping track of our hen's eggs, our butterflies' chrysalises, our frogs' tadpoles, and our cat's (I now know we have a CHCS cat!) kittens? Of course not! The wonders of the natural world, of course, transcend any state or national standards. Every child should have multiple opportunities to experience life cycles firsthand and up close and often. As a follow up, they should read about it, write about it, draw it, and talk about it. Cross-curricular connections should be made, preferably by the students first, as they practice this often, and by you, their teachers, as necessary. This should happen often and across grade levels. It's that important and it's all around our campus if we will just look for it.
What I love most about the discovery of the kittens is that it was just that: a discovery. I didn't show my family where they were. I had no idea! Inquiry-based learning is a student-centered learning approach that we will use at CHCS to help inspire our students and ensure rigor in our curriculum. It's the focus of today's reading (attached). I can remember back to my undergrad science methods course. One of the assignments was to come up with our own question to investigate, something related to science that happens in our everyday life that we have never stopped to question before. My question was, "Why does an aerosol can (bad aerosol cans!) become cold to the touch as you spray the last remaining contents of the container?". Ask me the answer some time. :)
This precious family of momma and kittens has left the campus, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them some time soon.