Futurekids Out of School Conquers The Atlantic

One Defends And The Other Conquers

In the month of April, we discovered the rich heritage of these Atlantic Provinces including New Foundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

It is long believed that Vikings were the first explorers to visit Newfoundland. Their open boats, propelled by oars or a simple square sail, were among the most efficient sea-going craft and the Vikings used them to great advantage.

The teachers in the Futurekids Out of School Program, located in Coquitlam, provided hands on history lessons about the Vikings. For example, children decoded Viking runes, ate Viking snacks, designed proud dragon ships and heard sagas (Viking stories).

Easter brought out a lot of fun egg activities like the following one steeped in rich Greek tradition. Children colour their eggs and stand opposite each other trying to crack the egg on both sides.

For centuries, Nova Scotia’s lighthouses have greeted those who have arrived on its shores and have helped to protect those who make their living on the water. Today, there are still 150 operating lighthouses located throughout Nova Scotia; from Sambro, the oldest working lighthouse to Peggy’s Cove, the most famous and photographed light station.

Our children in the Futurekids’ Coquitlam Out of School program discovered many things about lighthouses beyond their traditional role as navigational aid. For example, they learnt about the many rooms it can have such as the service room, store room, bed room, living room, water tank and beacon room. Our children showed not only how creative and skillful they can be building this epic monument to Canada’s proud maritime heritage but also how imaginative they could be in their space and design.

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