A field trip the day after Halloween! Not only did we survive our trip, but we thrived! The school scheduled our monthly trip to the senior center for the day after Halloween. All week, I was dreading that day more than Halloween itself. I knew many kids would stay up late Thursday night and be all sugared up. Add to that that we hadn't had the best week as it was. It seems like students are becoming comfortable and starting to test me again. Exhausted and drained, I was unsure how our trip would go.
The trip went as perfectly as could be expected of young children. We got onto the bus in a timely manner. They sang nice and loud the two simple songs we had prepared and then they set to work making leaf hats. My first and second grade students did a project in which they learned about what their senior partner did in the fall as a child. It was a great way to bring our study of past and present to life. Their conclusion was that some of the fall activities of the past, such as carving pumpkins and jumping in the leaves, are timeless activities. It was a really productive trip! As soon as we were back on the bus, my class wanted to know if we were going to go to the senior center every Friday. That, to me, is what marks this as a successful trip.
Have a great weekend!