Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Homeschool ROCKS...and minerals!


This week we had the amazing opportunity to meet with a real live rockhound! The grandfather of one of the children in our homeschool group is a member of the local Geological Society and has been collecting rocks and minerals for the last 20 years.  He graciously offered to do a presentation for our kids.  I'll be honest, I did not know what to expect when I signed Sofia up to hear about rocks...but I was so amazed to see how well he presented his material and how much the class LOVED it!


The children were in awe of his rock collection! He explained all about rocks and minerals in words they could easily understand (which was good for me as well because my knowledge of rocks was very poor!).  He even let them pass around different types of rare rocks and let them examine their differences in weight, color and texture.

A budding rockhound examines a specimen with a magnifying glass

Up close view of a sea scorpion (eurypterid) fossil

Mr R. giving the class a tour of his prized rock collection. 
 The children's mouths literally dropped open when they walked in to Mr. R's living room to see the many shelves of rare rocks and minerals.  I have never seen such a collection myself!  It was also wonderful for the children to learn from their friend's grandfather.  I can only imagine how proud his granddaughter must have been.  

As a parting gift, he gave EACH student their own rock collection!  He labeled each specimen with the name and the location where it was found.  It now has a special place on Sofia's dresser beside our fish Prince (because Sofia thought it would be a nice thing for him to look at).


What an experience! I love how homeschooling gives us opportunities to learn in this way.  When Sofia came home with her rock collection she was able to show her sisters, my husband and I what she had learned.  Her favorite stone was Apatite and the small Quartz she acquired and, this week, we will look them up and learn more about them.  Awesome!  It's true my friends...homeschool rocks!

3 comments:

  1. How awesome is that! Wow! Homeschool does "rock," that's for sure. :-) Where else could kids get such a wonderful presentation and get their own rock collections, as well? I am so glad that your daughter was able to have such a great experience!

    God bless,
    Lisa

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  2. You took some great pictures! My kids loved the class as well. We have to go over their collections everyday!

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  3. That's so cute! I love that she put them near the fish. What a sweetie!
    I had a quartz crystal from my dad that I treasured for YEARS. (speaking of, I wonder what ever happened to it??). I think it's awesome that she's already learning how much fun something as basic as rocks are!!

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