April 10, 2019 — Dolly Greene’s third-grade class at Siuslaw Elementary School will be presenting its own Tour of Tiny Homes during the American Rhododendron Society’s flower show at the Florence Events Center on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14.
Elementary school students have designed tiny homes as part of a literature and art project based upon Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” book series. This past winter, students read “Little House in the Big Woods” and “Little House on the Prairie.” As a culminating project, the third-graders created model homes for “Read Across America” based upon the books. The projects feature homes in the four seasons of the year and reflect the students’ concepts and representations of pioneer homes.
Taking the project a step further, students are now in the process of adding a math component to it by calculating the area of their homes and properties in square centimeters, and advertising their homes in a public showing at the FEC. They imagined the homes to be ones they envision living in one day, and will describe its features during presentations.
In addition, they will be comparing and contrasting the homes of today with the pioneer homes of the past.
As part of the project, Tim Sapp of TR Hunter Real Estate will speak to the students as they dream of their future homes.
This spring, the students will add a science component to their projects by studying the anatomy of flowers and the nature of pollination as they enhance the gardens of their tiny homes.
The Tour of Tiny Homes project is sponsored by TR Hunter Real Estate and the American Rhododendron Society.
Special thanks are extended to Tim Sapp, Mike and Kathy Bones of Bones Nursery and school classroom volunteers, including Vanessa Flosi, Heather Dykstra and Pat Allen for helping to make this project possible.