On Fridays we close our workbooks and focus on fun--but the learning doesn't stop.
Sometimes, we collaborate on large-scale projects tied to our studies. In the past, we've created an authentic archaeological dig, a model Colonial American village, and a Civil War field hospital--all in our own back yard! These full-day historical re-enactments have become the highlight of the school year for our students; be sure to visit the Photo Gallery page to see photos!
Other Fridays, we go on field trips to explore our area's many cultural and natural resources. We've visited Skytop Apple Orchard, Urban Dharma, Emerald Village Mining Museum, The North Carolina Arboretum, Gray Fossil Site, and the Vance Birthplace, just to name a few.
Friday is our day for community service. Each month, students spend a morning volunteering with a local organization whose mission particularly resonates with the age group.
Friday is also a day for special on-site activities with parents and community members. Students have studied whales with conservationists, discussed a doctor's experiences treating patients in Haiti, made sand mandalas with Buddhist monks, and heard Native American legends from a traditional story-teller.