Friday, October 16, 2009

Diamond D Ranch - Our First Field Trip


Our first field trip was to the Diamond D Ranch. The children enjoyed a nature walk where they saw a tree hit by lightening, maple trees, and pine trees. At the end of the walk, they were given fish food to throw in a lake. When they did that, all at once catfish sprang through the water! It was quite a surprise! Then we went on a tractor ride through the cow fields and fed some cattle (almost got stuck in the mud). After, we stopped to feed the goats, deer, and baa baa black sheep who was there with her 2 day old lambs. The children rode ponies, played in the bounce house, and got turned upside down in a spinning barrel. We had great parent chaperones who helped make the trip a huge success! We had a lot of tired kids on the bus ride back to school, so we're sure they had an early night's sleep! Thank you to Melanie H. for the wonderful pictures for all of you to enjoy!

6 comments:

Suzanne said...

What a great experience for our young learners! I grew up as a "farm girl" and wouldn't give up my journey in a million years. I find myself connecting to many story lines when I'm reading because of my early experiences. To think that the field study was not only fun but is also an avenue to build background knowledge is a big bonus!

Anonymous said...

What a great field trip! Michael had a wonderful time and talked about it in great detail -- the most he has ever talked about anything! Thanks so much Melanie for all of the pictures! - Leanne Prendergast

Kelsey said...

Field trips definitely play a huge roll in early childhood development. Because of their more hands on learing it helps them to absorb information while having fun. I know that I really was disappointed once getting to high school where there were no more field trips. I think it is important for parents as well to take the time to take their children to things such as zoos or farms. Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

I really liked the spinning wheel and the bounce house!

Bennett

Teri said...

This field trip sounded like a great experience for the kids and the parents that went along! Going on field trips is always a great hands on experience that kids need to experience. Great to see that parents enjoyed it too. As a kid, I always loved field trips especially when my mom came!

Melanie Holtsman said...

Chase and Lexie both loved riding the ponies the best!