Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
A visit to St. Augustine, FL (the oldest European established city in the United States) was a great way to experience themes related to our Explorers lesson. The area, located at the heart of Florida’s historic coastal region, offers a nice blend of history, science and cultural aspects. Most evident is the strong Spanish influence embedded in American history and culture (old and new). The district itself is small and has a funky bohemian feel with beautiful Spanish architecture. You can’t walk far before being seduced by the aromatic scents inviting you to savor the local Spanish cuisine. We visited the old fort (Castillo de San Marcos), the lighthouse and the oldest wood school-house in the United States. We also made our way around to the original city gate, the two lions bridge and the town square where the original market and slave trade were set up. We even saw a pirate ship! To close out the day, we spent some time at the beach and watched the sunset welcome a bright, full moon over the pier. It was an effective way to bridge themes introduced in previous grades which will be expanded on in Second grade year.