We thought that a trip to the beach was a good choice on such a beautiful day. And the boardwalk is nice and flat, right? You would think so, until you get into a wheelchair and give it a try. I was glad to have Oliver's assistance. He was on his scooter and stayed behind me, ready to give me a push when I needed it up a slope or through the sand that had blown over the walkway. Here you can see my free wheel attachment (between my knees) - it is working well on uneven surfaces (the exception being my farm yard).
If you look beyond Oliver you see the beach and then the lake. What you don't really see is the beach grass that is growing between the playground and the beach. Three or four years back it was a group of grade 11 biology/enviro science kids that planted that grass. It is doing so well now they have been able to take away the snow fence that was there to protect it from feet. It made me think (again) about how I will do this kind of stuff in the future. I was the queen of the field trip at Madill. I used all my contacts, got grants for bussing and had volunteer drivers. I am sure some kids signed up for my classes just to escape the classroom. And why not? There is a whole world of possibilities for learning beyond four walls. We did tree and beach grass planting, beach and garbage clean ups, we hiked, toured renewable energy projects, visited the trout hatchery, recycling plant, landfills, sewage treatment and more that I have forgotten right now. How will I do these things with my students in the future?
|Oliver doing his Ninja training at the beach - you can see the beach grass behind the swings.|
- Does it mean something that I just deleted "Total Footcare" from my contacts list?
- House plans are coming along nicely - the front yard is currently staked out with one plan.
- I have achieved enough core strength to do "bird dogs" at physio - even got applause yesterday