Monday, January 30, 2012

My Field Trip to the San Buenaventura Mission

On Friday, I took a field trip to the San Buenaventura Mission with my class!

San Buenaventura Mission

A big part of the California fourth grade standards are to study California's history. Right now we are studying California's 21 missions which were established in California between 1769 and 1823 by Spanish Catholics. They were places where missionaries taught Christianity to the Native Americans of California.

Each student chose a mission to study, I chose San Juan Capistrano which is about an hour and a half from my house. In the next month or two I will be visiting it with my family. But for a field trip my class visited the San Buenaventura Mission.

The San Buenaventura Mission was founded on March 31, 1782. It was meant to be the 3rd mission founded, but its founding was postponed due to lack of military escorts for thirteen years, making it the ninth mission.  Its founding father was Junipero Serra, who founded eight other missions before San Buenaventura. During the mission's peak year they had  23,400 cattle, 12,144 sheep, and 4,493 horses. Today only a small section of the original mission still stands.

My class took a tour of the mission, and we learned a little bit about how the Native Americans and the missionaries lived and worked.  During the visit, one lady taught everyone how to use a loom to weave. I thought that was the most fun part of  the field trip.  We also learned how to process wool into yarn through a series of combing steps called carding. The cards look like brushes you would use on a dog!

I really enjoyed my visit to the San Buenaventura Mission and can't wait to visit the San Juan Capistrano one!

I am weaving

Carding to process wool into yarn

El Caballo, one of the oldest structures in California.
It is where Native Americans would filter their water.

Had you heard of California missions before reading this post?

Have you been to a mission?

If you are a California fourth grader, what mission are you doing a report on?