class trips

Room 3 Trip to the Zoo!

The weather cooperated for our trip to the zoo at the beginning of November. We had a nice day and the children were excited to see everything. The train ride was a hit. Some of the children were telling us what they might see at the zoo.  When we got back the children were excited to tell us about all they saw at the zoo. They also told us what was their favorite animal.

    We’re in full speed going through the fall season with many different projects, stories, rhymes, and finger plays for the children to learn. We read the gingerbread man and created gingerbread cookies. We talked about the leaves changing color and created some different leaves of our own. We used our fine motor skills and eye hand coordination to pick up and place beans on a leaf and cover the whole leaf.  The children preserved leaves by ironing them onto wax paper. Then we created a place mat for the holiday season. We went outside and jumped in the leaves since they were all falling down. We covered everything from math, language, science, fine motor, and gross motor to learn about the season.

    As November continued we began to get ready for our multicultural week. We had two parents come and read stories to the children. Our music teacher came and let the children play instruments from around the world. We watched videos of the first Thanksgiving. We read stories; and learned finger plays about turkeys, and many different songs. The parent’s came on the day before Thanksgiving to enjoy lunch with their children. We read a book about the first Thanksgiving and some children asked if they could make hats so we did. Some of the boys picked the pilgrim hat and some picked the Indian hat. They girls liked the bonnets so we made them too. We were pretty busy right up to the break we had. Now December is in the air new level of learning will begin at a higher stage now that the children are accustomed to our classroom.

 

Room 2: Zoology

 The highlight for May in room 2 was definitely the class trip to Turtlelback Zoo.  Before we went we discussed zoos and zoo animals for about a week beforehand. On the morning of the trip it was slightly overcast but it kept it from being too hot during the day while we walked around the zoo paths. We had 3 parents who came with us and they helped us soo much. On the bus ride to the zoo the children were so excited and as we drove past a lake and through a county park, it gave them a lot to talk about. As soon as we got inside the gates we headed for the train station and when we got there it was empty. No one was standing in line! It was great to just get right on without waiting. The children really enjoyed that ride with the tunnel and train whistle.

After the train ride we started to walk around and one of the first things we saw was the American Alligator. He was so huge and the children could get a really good look at him because it wasn’t crowded. Best of all he climbed out of the water right in front of the children. They were ecstatic!  As soon as we turned away from the alligator we came across a male peacock. He was standing in the middle of the pathway with all his tail feathers out and he was swishing side to side. We got such a good look at him.  We believe he was showing off because he knew he was beautiful.  Then he started to shake all of those beautiful feathers right in front of us! It was an amazing sight! The children were ewwing and ahhing.

     We saw many other great things, such as, a wolf, bear, snow leopards, cougar, a huge tortoise, and penguins to name a few.  Right before we were to eat lunch we found a great little play area, that had a great climbing tree and a tunnel. The children had a great time here as you can tell by their faces. When we finally got to our lunch table they were very hungry and glad to sit down. We did a lot of walking and talking that day! As trips go it scored a 10.