by Nataly Muñoz Talavera, Maestra de español
En nuestra clase de literatura, estuvimos explorando el libro ¿Qué es la Agricultura Ecológica? de la autora Ester Sanchéz , en donde pudimos reflexionar sobre la forma en la que se presenta la información y analizar detalladamente el contenido, desarrollando de manera profunda los conceptos e ideas que la autora comparte, tuvimos varias experiencias de acercamiento a este libro, desde una lectura compartida hasta trabajos individuales de manera escrita, para construir con los alumnos un entendimiento personal. Nuestro ultimo proyecto para cerrar la lectura del libro fue un guión de radio en donde los alumnos tuvieron que organizar la información de algún tema en específico, pensando en la manera de expresarlo oralmente, unos optaron por cápsulas y para otros fue mejor a manera de entrevista, la experiencia nos enriqueció mucho ya que llevar a cabo el programa desde su preparación hasta la grabación y la crítica constructiva del resultado, pudo darles idea sobre la forma de expresarse oralmente y como estar preparados para sentirse mas seguros al momento de hacerlo, estamos muy contentos con esta linda experiencia y esperamos poder seguir con el programa a lo largo de nuestro ciclo escolar y mejorar cada día mas.
by Faith Jacobs, 7th grader
On November 6, 2015 the Sierra School went on a field trip to the Hogar Del Niño, an orphanage and foster home for girls and boys of all ages in Todos Santos. Currently, there are twenty three girls and boys that call the Hogar del Niño home. This is where our students, Rebeca and Julian live. Rebeca’s parents run the Hogar. Julian is an orphan there. Both students love and take pride in their home and were eager to share it on our visit. After the tour, the students were split into two groups. Group number one went to the bakery group where we made dough and pizza sauce. Group number two was the kitchen group, where we cut the fruit we brought for a fruit salad. We also grated mozzarella cheese for the pizza. We had to be careful with the kitchen tools and not cut ourselves. Rebeca said, “try to not cut yourself any more or we won’t have enough band-aids for everyone.” We all laughed until we couldn't breathe any more.
At around noon on the 6th, the Hogar Del Niño van pulled up in front of our school to take us their for a pizza lunch. All of the kids from the Sierra School, (Ana-Sophia, Rebeca, Aliya, Julian, Sebastian, Eli, and Faith), piled into the van and drove to the Hogar del Niño with all of the teachers and final student Esli close behind in other cars. Once arrived, everyone set their bags down on a chair and gathered for a small tour. Of course, we all were enthusiastic to see the Hogar. On the tour, we saw the children’s dormitories, the kitchen, cafeteria, two bodegas filled with sports and school supplies, dozens of bikes, dozens of geese and chickens, two pigs, a horse, four dogs, one cat, two basketball courts, a trampoline, a playground, a wood shop room, and a huge field to run and play on for hours.
After all of the dough was made and left to raise, after all of the fruit was cut, and all of the cheese was grated, it was time for a short break before we could make the pizzas. Later, we made the pizzas with Joel, master pizza maker and Hogar director. We all put on aprons and little chefs hats. Everyone laughed at everyone else, we all looked ridiculous, but we all kept our on uniforms on for enjoyment. When it was time to make the pizzas, we all worked at a process that seemed to never end: roll out the dough, spread the sauce, sprinkle the cheese, and add the toppings. This process was repeated many times, and after one round was finished the pizza was put into the ovens to bake. Fifteen minutes later, the pizzas were finished and ready to eat. I took a small piece of pepperoni and cheese pizza and sat with Natalie, Ana-Sophia, Rebeca, and Eli. The pizza was joined by sides of delicious pasta and salad. Although some people thought that the pasta and salad were super hot, our lunch at the Hogar was a great!
We all finished the day by either playing soccer or jumping like four year olds on the trampoline. Slowly, everyone started to go home, one by one. I think that the visit to the Hogar del Niño field trip was a great experience not only because we got to make pizza, but because we got to see a totally different lifestyle and a place that some people call home. Thank you Joel and Alicia Hernandez!
photos thanks to Roger Herrera Tapia, environmental activist and ecologist from Water Keepers of Baja California Sur
by Aliya Acacia Flores, 6th Grader
We went to a permaculture garden on the 29th of October 2015. We went to learn more about ecology and composting.
During our visit, we had a tour with Virginia Moonstone Mazzetti, master organic gardener and permaculturist. We talked and learned about permaculture. Permaculture means our relationship with our environment, such as growing food, the art of observation, designing gardens and making conscious choices. Permaculture leads to diversity, stability and resiliance in environments. Permaculture is useful for reparing damaged ecosytems. Permaculture involves organic gardening methods like composting and mulching. In order for permaculture to work, it needs features and functions; for example, where two ecosystems meet there are more animals and plants. The feature is a fenceline, the function is to offer privacy and divide a property. Two phrases from permaculturists are 1) "Start small and build on your successes." Moonstone explained this by introducing us to her Palo de Arco woodlot, her first planting on her site. Now she uses the wood for building shade structures. 2) Another phrase is, "Creative use and respond to change." Moonstone explained this by showing how she used cement building debris as the base for a covered sand hill. She also explained how Hurricane Odile influenced her garden and caused great blossoming of her trees.
At the end of our visit, we each drew a picture of something we saw in the garden (see photos of us drawing above). Right before leaving, Moonstone shared with us how to compost, what to put in your compost pile and what not too. We learned to make our own compost pile to enrich our school vegetable and flower garden. Thanks to this visit, we have actually begun our own composting experiment and have made two kinds: a compost pile and a compost hole.
Thank you Moonstone! This was a beautiful and wonderful visit!
Students and teachers edited this blog since January of 2018.