Students spent the past two days at Camp Kuratli, learning about the Oregon Trail and early pioneer life in the northwest. We had a blast building log cabins, making candles, sawing logs, mapping out an acre, churning butter, panning for gold, and learning about the plants and animals in the area. We also spent plenty of time playing pioneer games, dancing the Virginia Reel, having a cookout, and singing at the campfire. Be sure to ask your child about the things they learned on this wonderful experience.
This week we were lucky enough to have author Deborah Hopkinson join us. She spent an hour with the fourth graders in the library telling us about her writing process. We learned about how she researches her historical fiction books and what her illustrators do to bring her words to life. It was a fantastic experience and we are thankful the PTA brought her to Willamette.