Driftwood Education Center – Montessori Tides School upper elementary students who traveled to Driftwood Education Center on St. Simmons Island, GA on November 20, 2013 is speaking out about their experience, calling it nothing short of “amazing”.
The students enjoyed hands-on learning for three days through a series of classes. A variety of live animals aided in the learning process, including snakes, alligators, turtles, various marine life, and raptors.
“I learned at Driftwood that sharks have a big liver. I also learned that there is a new kind of Burmese python or a green anaconda in the Everglades.”
“I learned in the Cassina that you can make your own tea by grinding up dehydrated leaves and then we tried homemade Cassina tea. I also learned that ORT means extra leftover food at lunch. We won a “0%” ORT trophy for no leftovers.”
“From Driftwood, I learned that saltwater/freshwater are infested with plankton. There are 4 types of plankton: zoo-plankton, phytoplankton, merely plankton, and mesoplankton.”
“I learned what Cassina means (a tea that Native Americans drank). I also learned the things that depict a poisonous snake – triangular head, fangs, etc.”
“In the Landers program, I learned that more isn’t always best because you can do better with less. I also learned that Cassina is a tea and if you drink too much of it, you will throw up.”
“I learned that Cassina was a tea that is made out of leaves. I also learned how to tell unvenomous and venomous snakes apart. Venomous snakes have more of a pointy head and non-venomous snakes have rounder heads.”
Through this experience, Ms. Nancy & upper elementary students saw their studies in a different perspective, shared new experiences, and created lasting bonds.
Ms. Nancy is certain of one thing: Driftwood Education Center is a place she wants to return every year with her students. The place they’re calling “Amazing.”
MTS Bond With DriftWood Education Center Continues!
Lower elementary and upper elementary students have received a Target field trip grant allowing them to take a field trip to Cumberland Island for a nature walk, and ecology study. Driftwood Educational Center instructors will meet Montessori Tides group at the ferry and run the schools program for the day. This field trip is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd, Earth Day! Take a look at where they’re going: