Thursday, April 23, 2015

T is for Teepee

Every Grade Three takes on a building project. We decided to build a teepee. We were donated the teepee, and the poles from a ranch in the interior.

I had an aboriginal elder come and teach us how to erect the teepee and to bless it. It was a magical day. We set it up in the Grade 2/3 playyard. It was glorious.

Then, later that year, we had our first sleepover together. Parents came and put tents on the school ground and eleven of the students slept in the teepee with me.

This is when they learned their beloved teacher snores.

The next morning we had a pancake breakfast and celebrated our first 'camping' trip.

T is also for the Tudor Rose.

Grade Seven history was so exciting. We learned about Michelangelo, and Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael and Galileo. We also learned all about the life and times (and marriages) of Henry the VIII. Most of the students agreed it was their favourite history block.

Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived...

And, of course, that led us very neatly into the Reformation and the beginnings of the Anglican Church.

What some people will do to marry the next young thing, eh?


  1. Sounds like good fun and a lot of education for the kids.

  2. A fellow snorer here... I bet that made them giggle... Ive only ever seen a teepee at the Museum of The Native Americans in Washington. Ingenious homes. ... Both are beautiful squares. I'm really loving these stories. I hope the experience is reminding you just how many lives you've touched and what a difference you've made in your short lifetime. Xx

    1. Yes writing about these squares has been very good for me.

  3. I too am a snorer! I was just thinking what a wonderful, rich and varied education your students had.. We didn't do half of the fun things like camping or climbing or anything like that. We would have been so much better for it though!

    1. Waldorf Education is a wonderful thing - for teacher and student. ;)


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