In the State of Texas, home school parents and teachers are required to include citizenship in their curriculum. Citizenship includes; lessons about the three branches of government; individual responsibilities, such as voting; learning the Preamble to the Constitution, “We the people of the United States…”; the Pledge of Allegiance; the Bill of Rights; and more. Another important element is teaching children to care for our beautiful Mother Earth. This year, the students and I grabbed trash bags and gloves and headed to the beach.
- EARTH SCIENCE: the students studied renewable and non-renewable resources
- GEOGRAPHY: the students studied land forms and water bodies and pinpointed the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Island.
- LANGUAGE ARTS: Each student researched global warming and wrote a report on the importance of recycling.
- SOCIAL studies and VISUAL ARTS: Students watched a film titled, The Art of Gaman, which details the Japanese internment camps of WWII, and the exquisite art that the Japanese interns and student artists created from scraps of wood, sand, and trash.
After spending several hours picking up beer bottles, soda cans, dirty diapers, and other yuck, students enjoyed a picnic on the beach and “splash and play” time.