This month 4th Grade classes visited the Santa Barbara Mission and Presidio to learn about eighteenth century mission life. Students learned about life on a fort and what it might have been like to be a soldier or a soldier’s family at the Presidio. They saw some of the everyday tools soldiers used and the places where they slept, ate, and amused themselves.
At the mission, docents took them through the garden, or “The Huerta”, where they learned how the people were fed and the types of plants and trees that the Spaniards brought with them to California. They learned about composting, planting, and harvesting through hands on activities. Another docent talking about the Chumash and how they made use of the natural resources indigenous to the Santa Barbara region in the ways of food, clothing, tools, and festivities. By introducing students to the daily activities of the mission, they were able to get a sense of what everyday life might have been like.
A Week In Life At the Santa Barbara Mission
by Katie G., Student Contributor
This week at the mission Chumash girls made candles and soap. The boys hunted deer and gathered roots. They dressed up like a deer, sneaked up on it, and shot it in two hits of their bows and arrows. Others gathered roots and blueberries. Once they spotted the bush they picked them and put them in their baskets for a snack later. They ended up with seventy-five berries. They had a great dinner.
This field trip was made possible by proceeds from the 2012 Jog-a-thon. Special thanks to our teachers for arranging the trip and to all our parent drivers for donating their gas and time…and thank you to Becky Brown for adding her photos to ours.