Golden Gate Classroom – “The Pterodactyls”

Children: Stewart, Deniz, Andrew, Tobias, Avni, Clio, Olivia
Teacher: Vernard


We maintain a democratic process when it comes to deciding on what projects or explorations to pursue: We ask each of the group members to contribute ideas. If we are unable to arrive at an immediate consensus, we vote on each idea. Then, we proceed with the top vote-getter while accommodating the minority interests.

During the discussion of projects, we uncovered a common interest in robots. So, it was decided that we would build a series of robots using different materials for each one. The first one was to be made from clay.


Project Exploration

Parent-Family Quotes

I feel blessed that my parents sang with me as a child, and now I can sing with Hector and watch his language development flourish. Lately, he has been making up his own songs! Anyone can sing regardless of natural talent. It has been a joy seeing how much fun all of Hector’s friends have when Grandma Jeanie comes to sing. It feels like I am home when I listen to my mom sing, and I am so happy that she can share that with Hector’s friends. —Katherine, Hector’s mom

I love that all the Kids call me Grandma Jeanie, it’s very endearing. I have always felt very welcome, and the kids are amazing. I love bringing in singing and movement games, because it gives the kids a variety of experiences, not just singing. They keep a beat, follow instructions, sing along, and have fun! –Grandma Jeanie, Hector’s Grandma


Featured Videos

Examples of Community Influences

Items brought into the classroom in line with Weekly Plans

~ Marine mammal puppets
~ Cardboard for herding boards used in marine mammal rescue
~ A large plastic syringe for pretend mammal feeding
~ A net for rescuing
~ Bandages for mammal injuries

What families did at home to continue and extend the explorations and projects at school

~ Visited Marine Mammal Center
~ Visited the Drakes Beach elephant seal colony at Point Reyes National Seashore.
~ Visited the Academy of Sciences
~ Visited the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
~ Visited the sea lions at Pier 39, San Francisco.


Public Demonstrations

Golden Gate Classroom – The PterodactylsExploring Clay” at the CA Center Cafeteria, May 17th & 30th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Ribbon Cutting

Our Annual Festival of Learning Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that opens the festival is held each year on May 1st, typically, from 9:30–10:00 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Ronald M. George State Office Complex at 455 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco.

“The Pterodactyls” have been preparing for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for weeks during their other daily explorations, expressions, group bonding, and other amazing adventures, a few of which are represented elsewhere in their area on this website.

The teachers and parents will also document the group’s participation in the ceremony. Much of that information, including statistics about the participants, photos, and videos, will be available on a page linking from this one soon after the ceremony is over on the morning of May 1, 2019.