Thursday, February 23, 2017
Ijams rocked and rolled in February for homeschoolers
February was geology month at the nature center for the Ed-Ventures@Ijams home-schooled students.
Ijams rocked! And even rolled a bit.
We held three sessions, learning the difference between rocks and minerals, the three basic kinds of rocks and the lay of the land in the Tennessee Valley indoors, then took a long outdoor adventure hike with the students and their parents/homeroom teachers. Ijams is a wonderful place to study geology because we have such dramatic topography. We looked for evidence of the three rock formations that serve as the nature center's bedrock: shale, sandstone and limestone—sedimentary rocks all.
Dictionary: "Sedimentary rocks are types of rock that are formed by the deposition and subsequent cementation of that material at the Earth's surface and within bodies of water."
Ijams has been connecting children with nature since the 1920s. Old school? Yep. And we are proud of it!
Supplied photos by teacher/moms Hope Turner and Linda Knott.
- Stephen Lyn Bales
Posted by Stephen Lyn Bales at 9:00 AM