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2019 Expedition Education – East Coast

As we approach the wrap up to Expedition Education #23/Canada’s Maritimes/June, 2019… we have experienced many wonderful adventures together on the road.

A couple of days ago we were exploring the spectacular Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands where we enjoyed one of the world’s loveliest coastal drives. While visiting Baddeck on the shores of beautiful Bas d’Or Lake, we toured the fascinating Alexander Graham Bell Museum, commemorating the life of the brilliant inventor, his supportive family and remarkable band of friends and colleagues. Bell loved Cape Breton as it reminded him of his Scottish roots and the great inventor is buried nearby on his estate at Bhein Breagh. During his remarkable lifetime, he also became familiar with the career of Dr. Maria Montessori and was so impressed with her work that he in fact sponsored a series of lectures… helping bring Montessori education to North America! At the museum we also viewed the full scale replica of the Silver Dart, Bell’s aircraft that ushered in the era of flight in Canada, lifting off the frozen lake in February 1909… the first manned flight in the British Empire.

Back on the mainland of Nova Scotia, we visited Pictou and the landing site of pioneering Scottish immigrants who made landfall there on their ship the Hector in 1773. A re-creation of this 85’ ship is alongside the wharf there. From Pictou we took the ferry to beautiful Prince Edward Island. Here we have been enjoying the red earth, beautiful beaches, pastoral farmland and bountiful history of our smallest island province. Our Fathers of Confederation first met here in Charlottetown in 1864, paving the way for the creation of Canada three years later on July 1st, 1867. As we approach yet another Canada Day celebration… visiting beautiful places like these jewels of the Maritimes, has reminded us all of just how incredible the country we call home truly is! ❤️ 🇨🇦
Gord Phippen

Oh Canada, Our Home and Native Land

During the winter term, the children of the Junior Elementary class have been discovering what it means to be Canadian by exploring their home and native land.  Throughout their learning about their neighboring provinces and territories, great lakes, and the lives of many famous Canadians, our class has gained a true patriot love.

Our level one students have created their own maps of Canada, learning along the way the names of the provinces and territories from far and wide.  The level three students also researched and created timelines about the lives of inspiring famous Canadians.

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We then had a day of celebration, where we all proudly wore red and white in honor of our true north wide and free.  Amongst all the red and white, there were also level 3’s dressed in things like cowboy hats and hockey helmets, disguised as famous Canadians.  Mock interviews took place that afternoon, where students took on personas of people like Shania Twain, Alexander Graham Bell and Wayne Gretzky.  The whole day was a great success and all the children’s glowing hearts really shone through.

In art this term, the students have been exploring the work of various Native Canadian and Inuit Artists.  Children have been reproducing and studying some classic Inuit imagery with a focus on positive and negative space.

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By studying Canada, we hope that the children get a better understanding of what it means to be Canadian.  Furthermore, we hope that children gain a sense of pride for their country and understand how truly lucky they are to be Canadian.

Cara Fradley