TIA students and parents enjoyed fishing and cooking together on the beautiful grounds of Catch-A-Trout in Payson. It was a nice day together exploring the fish hatchery and learning more about the various trout and other fish that are native to Arizona. Picking and eating wild blackberries and wild grapes was a favorite activity. Afterwards, TIA students and their parents enjoyed a hike along a secluded creek that leads to a lesser-known swimming hole and falls.
Academy News Lisa Ristuccia
The students at The Inspiration Academy love learning about math! The younger students are learning to skip count, add, subtract, decompose numbers, and tell time. The older students are reviewing multi-digit multiplication, long division, prime and composite numbers, prime factorization, exponents, square roots, expanded notation, the basics of algebra, and lots of mental math challenges. The students prove their mastery of math concepts by teaching others.
TIA Families, please join us for a “family picnic” field trip to Payson on Friday, September 16th. We will depart from the parking lot of Shepherd of the Hills at 8:30 am and carpool via parent and teacher vehicles. First we will visit Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery and then go to Rancho Tonto Catch-a-Trout. Students can catch rainbow trout in the pond. A basic pole and bait will be provided.
The students at The Inspiration Academy were happy to welcome guest speakers Christine & Maria. TIA students learned about the many places they have lived and traveled. Christine & Maria encouraged the students to travel whenever they are able, and always keep an open mind to different cultures.
The Inspiration Academy of Fountain Hills, Arizona was honored to be asked by the Board of Directors of the International Dark Sky Discovery Center to help design the classroom and light lab of their unique learning center. As the board is actively developing the plans for the interactive education center, they wanted feedback from teachers and students to ensure it would be something that would be educational and hold the interest of the students.