Fourth graders are learning about the California Gold Rush. The subject has enthused Amaya to the point of planning future trips to Sutter's Mill to search for gold. But it hasn't motivated her enough to answer any questions correctly on the worksheets sent home or the reading test she had taken.
She knows one thing...there was GOLD. I suppose that's the most important detail.
The best part of learning about the California Gold rush, getting to participate in an interactive assembly panning for gold. For a small fee.
"Mom! I found a piece of gold at the assembly today!" Amaya announced with excitement while pulling a piece of binder paper from her backpack. "I got to keep it!" Then she pointed to all of her pencil sketches on how to pan for gold.
"Where's the gold you found?" I asked.
"It's right there." She pointed to a small sketch in the upper right corner of her paper with a piece of tape over it.
"Right there!" She pointed again.
I squinted my eyes to focus. "Oh," I said smiling.
"This piece of gold is worth two dollars!" she informed me. "And it only cost seven dollars!"
Yup! It was the deal of a lifetime.