Hatikvah Hikes the Appalachian Trail
Hatikvah kicked off its first sixth grade class with a 10-mile hike along the Appalachian Trial. The school’s principal, Dr. Marcia Grayson, shared some of her observations. The students:
- Went through areas with streams, waterfalls, swamps, and various elevations, saw different types of plant growth and many different types of rocks. They participated in a scavenger hunt while hiking, made observations of the natural habitats, did a little bird watching, found frogs, several new insects, and saw some beautiful large turtles in the camp’s pond.
- Learned through personal experience what’s emotionally and physically needed for trail survival. This discussion will continue in future design classes when they will need to plan for an unexpected overnight survival on a swampy trail with limited resources. During these lessons, they will be learning the Middle Years Programme Design Cycle planning process, which they will use during the next three years while they plan for all types of projects, including robotics projects, and other off-line designs.
- Experienced how to use nature as inspiration for developing similes, metaphors, and personification and then how to apply these ideas to creative writing.
- Learned how to make some delicious s’mores over the fire and they made fresh homemade pita with their new Hebrew teacher, Amir. Amir also made enough dough to make them all soufganiot (donuts).
- Built solar ovens.
- Learned about the pH scale and tested three different samples of water that they collected.
- Had a karaoke, guitar, and saxophone jam session with a visiting musician. They sang, laughed, played games, made a big mess, ran around and got a ton of fresh mountain air.
“We were all very impressed by the children’s stamina, cooperation, collaboration, curiosity, compassion, and joy of life,” says Dr. Grayson. “They made us all feel like this trip was a most worthwhile experience and one that we will remember with fondness for many years to come.”