2013-12-13 / Community

RWA Schools Homeschoolers

Have you ever thought about homeschooling your child? The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance recently finished a 5-week Marine Science program with a group of local homeschoolers. The curriculum is part of RWA’s Living Classroom program, and included a diversity of hands-on aquatic experiments and multiple field trips onto Jamaica Bay. Students participated in workshops to learn more about the ecology of the Jamaica Bay estuary, salt marshes and their ecosystem services, testing for water quality, and more.

On one windy day this fall along Jamaica Bay, RWA taught students how to catch fish using a seining net. Homeschool parent, Rebekkah Rodriguez, and her son suited up in a couple pairs of chest-high waders before seining for marine life in the shallow waters along the shore. For both of them, this marked their first seining experience. They were successful, easily pulling in jellyfish, shellfish, and small minnow fish for scientific observation. The students, both parent and child, had a blast.

RWA Educator Zakhia Grant commented “It’s really great to see parents and their children come out and learn together. RWA’s programs are all about connecting people to the waterfront, and this style of on-site teaching really helps nurture those connections.”

RWA will continue to host the Living Classroom program with homeschoolers in the spring, and encourages other homeschool parents to contact Blaze Jones-Yellin at blaze@rwalliance.org for registration details.

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