Although I've lived in Victoria for several years now I have never visited Swan Lake. Many of my friends have shared their lovely experiences there but somehow I never found the time to see it for myself, until this week. I was lucky enough to join in on a class field trip learning and discovering about owls. The nature house is a treasure trove for student exploring, all around are exhibits students can engage with. There are snakes, turtles and hives to see. Nests, snake skin, bones, and feathers to match and touch. I think the favourites though are buttons, they let the kids hear nature sounds and see with owl vision! They did a wonderful presentation and the kids really showcased their learning by identifying the attributes that make owls special and why they are necessary for their survival. They even transformed a student into an owl! I think the students favourite part however, was dissecting the owl pellets. They all had their heads down eagerly working to separate the bones from the fur and identify the little creature that was the owls lunch. The room was quiet, heads down working hard with the exception of excited voices saying "I found one, I found one!". It was a great experience, one that I would definitely do again.
That's a look at this past week. I have plenty to look forward to next week including, Christmas lessons and my last week of coursework. How time flies!