The farm trip is off to a wonderful start! Thank you all for making the students feel like rock stars during our departure. On the bus, students excitedly counted down how many minutes were left as they followed our route on maps. This culminated in one student crying out, “We’re almost there–oh my goodness!!!”
Upon arriving at the farm, we got right to work. Students unpacked the bus in what the farm staff described as a “chain gang” style of teamwork. Within 30 seconds of being shown their rooms, the students had made themselves at home. They were amazed at how large the rooms are compared to last year’s farm trip.
And then it was off to exploring the farm. The students explored the hay bales, met the farm animals, rode horses, herded cattle, cut wood, prepared meals, and made butter. Several students met a calf that was born just as our bus arrived this morning. Others got a chance to ride Brownie the Horse. Many took tuns hauling buckets of slop to the pigpen and visiting the new piglets. Students also enjoyed some free time – the farm has a fantastic park with tetherball, swings, a climber, and a large open space – perfect for Capture the Flag.
We enjoyed minestrone soup, salad, bread and butter, and apple crisp for dinner – all prepared by your children! Many students took “farmer’s tastes” of food that they at first were hesitant to try, and were surprised by how much they enjoyed it. One student exclaimed, “I don’t usually like salad, but this salad is really good!” Another, after insisting he didn’t like tofu, was overheard asking, “Can you pass me some more of that tofu?” Not everyone was quite ready to be so open minded just yet – at least two students made polite requests to eat only the “crisp” part of the apple crisp.
After dinner, students began to chorally plead for an early bedtime because they were tired from the day’s hard work. Churning butter is apparently more taxing than learning multiplication combinations! But before bed, students generated ideas in their writing journals for news stories about the farm that they will begin writing when we get back. They had already accumulated so many rich memories, it was hard to get some of them to stop writing. After everyone got ready for bed, Julie read from a special book she bought just for the farm. As we were settling down to sleep, one student remarked, “If you think back to the classroom this morning, it seems like three days ago.” Many others quickly concurred.
They seem so grown up and mature some days. But seeing them in their jammies with stuffed animals clutched to their chests, drifting off to sleep on the couch during read aloud, we were reminded of just how young they still are.
Have a great night,
Dan, Ella, and Julie