When we go out into the world, we learn not only on an intellectual level but also an emotional level. SCA scholars participate in fieldwork opportunities to help deepen their knowledge and make genuine connections to their community. Exploring our world and experiencing it physically, engages our scholars more deeply than any in-classroom experience can. We believe that fieldwork makes our curriculum come to life.
Our second grade scholars were the first to participate in fieldwork this year by visiting Valdosta State University's Planetarium. This visit provided a deeper look at the processes and attributes of the sun, moon, and stars, which is a focus of second grade science standards. The scholars had an amazing trip!
Please see below the comments from a few of our second grade scholars:
Jax: I love that I got to learn about and really see all kinds of stars.
Rayna: It felt like we were moving, almost like a spaceship. It really helped me understand it better.
Colby: We learned about the moon and that it sometimes looks like a face. We got to see the phases of the moon across the sky.
Sammy: I learned that the Big Dipper is part of a constellation.
Brielle: At the planetarium they showed us a lot of different constellations. Now I really like to go out and look for them at night.
What better way to learn about our world than to talk to the people in it? Imagine a group of scholars becoming researchers and making first hand discoveries as scientists studying their community. The next fieldwork opportunity will be a Community Helper Exploration Day for kindergarten. First grade will have the opportunity to visit the VSU Planetarium in October. In November, fifth grade will be visiting Citizen's Community Bank.
SCA recognizes the rich and meaningful opportunity for learning that occurs when it’s experienced outside of the classroom. All grade levels will have multiple opportunities for fieldwork experiences during the 2017-2018 school year. Our teachers and staff strategically plan to create experiences that will spark curiosity and learning in a way that is unrivaled by what goes on in the classroom.
We will be sure to keep you posted on all the fun and learning from our upcoming fieldwork!