Going Fishing

The Bubbles and Rainbows in Preschool A were delighted when 8th grader Brian N. reprised his role as our fishing expert this week. It’s very important to know how to fish if we’re going to own and operate the TPS Seafood Restaurant!

We started off our project time with a demonstration from Brian on how to build your very own bottle trap—a tool used for simple fishing. We’ve been collecting plastic bottles and we had a chance to upcycle them for our fishing pleasure. It’s very important to know how to fish if we’re going to own and operate the TPS Seafood Restaurant!

We took our experiential learning to a new level when Brian (accompanied by his mom, Michelle, and our very own Lisa Hoke) donned a fishing vest and carried his fishing equipment down to the Schuylkill River Bank observation deck to try and catch a live one for our restaurant! Brian carefully set his fishing line and cast off into the river with Philadelphia skyscrapers in the background.

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The clouds unexpectedly opened up, and as the rain poured down Brian walked us through the fishing process unflapped by the change in weather conditions. He reminded us that fish love rain. Your children squealed with delight watching the “real thing” happen from the dry and comfort of our classroom. We think they are ready for their own expeditions soon—bottle traps, poles, and nets. And remember the wise words from several of the fishing folks who have visited our classroom: “It’s called fishing and not catching.”