Happy Friday! It was a pleasure to see you all at Back to School night earlier this week! Remember, if you could not make or need to reference some of the information provided, the Back to School Night presentation can be found at my website. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send me a message!
In the past weeks we have been reading as researchers, with the aim of understanding the geographic features of the United States and the regions therein. As our unit of Early Civilizations of the Americas progresses, I wanted to take a moment to share with you the BIG essential questions that shape this unit and the inquiry we will be pursuing for the next month. Those questions are:
These questions are big, and you may have noticed that they are much broader than the scope of the unit itself. That is because the skills we practice within the study of history and social events apply themselves to all time periods - even today! We are learning how to see the world, and how to look at it in different ways.
With that in mind, it is easy to be an historian every single day. This weekend, please take a moment to consider these essential questions and share them with your family. You may be able to make connections between your own experience and these big questions. You may want to take a small tour of Montgomery this weekend, noticing the landforms that make up the region in which we live, and the lifestyles of the families who live in this area. What resources do we have in Montgomery, and how can we access them? Consider going to the Saturday Farmer’s Market or a walk in the park. Drive down to the river and take a walk: observe the wildlife that makes that area its home. Go to a “farm-to-table” restaurant and enjoy some of the food that is grown right within New Jersey, and even within the borders of Montgomery. We are so lucky to have these resources near us, and they have shaped the way our area of the state has grown and changed in the past.
As an historian, be watchful and thoughtful. This weekend your job is to observe the world around you carefully (kind of like a scientist!).
Enjoy the beautiful weather and the bounty that lives all around us. I can’t wait to hear what your child can share with us on Tuesday!