The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 4

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Notes on Calvert Cliffs and the Chesapeake Bay
updated August 5, 2022

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Calvert Cliffs & Chesapeake Bay
for Class 4


I grew up in Southern Maryland and moved to Southern Illinois right before my youngest child was born. He will most likely do Local History & Geography for Southern Illinois in his fourth grade year. But we still go back to Maryland every summer, and I'd really like us to also do a block on Calvert Cliffs and the Chesapeake Bay. It is so perfect for reviewing and extending landforms & water features, the Timeline of Life, and how local industry grows up based on the geography of a region.

At this point, this block is still in the planning stages and I'm looking for a place to put all of my ideas.

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    tobacco farming lessons from MD Ag in the Classroom

    Where I grew up, the traditional professions were tobacco farmer and waterman. But I don't know if there are any children's books on how tobacco was grown. I understand that it's a deadly plant but it is part of our regional history too, and there's even a tobacco leaf on the Calvert County flag.

    The rhythms of the season -- which we celebrate and love -- are true for tobacco too! I remember watching out the school bus window as the tobacco was being topped. In fact, I always felt like the flowering signaled back to school time. Every field you passed was tobacco. People were proud that our area grew the best tobacco.

    And there are traditional tobacco barns built in a certain way to hang it to dry properly. I hope they aren't all torn down. I hope that all of that doesn't get forgotten about.


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