The day of our much-awaited field trip arrived and it was sunny and chilly. Our long pants and long sleeves were comfortable as well as being barriers from the biting insects. We needed our sweatshirts as well.
This was a very fun field trip in a number of ways. The children are in good shape and could handle the hiking piece. The location was familiar to me and our interpreter, Gini Traub from the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation for the Pioneer Valley. A couple of parents and kids knew the area as well. The season is good for following the stream beds as they converged and diverged along the trail.
Most importantly, we brought along eager minds for discovering the environment and the science around us. Several times, Gini commented on what a great group of learners we had. She also noticed that many of the children were sensory seeking and needed reminders about throwing things, hitting things with sticks, and running. We all had a better time knowing that these are real sensory feelings and that we sometimes need to curb our impulses. All in all, the class was tremendous and I would take them again in a heartbeat.
The parents were eager to sign up for the adventure as well so we had 11 chaperones in all. Soon after we began hiking, I passed the camera to Mrs. Labrie. She was able to catch some stellar images of the students and what we saw. She is officially in charge of the camera now.
We created a writing piece before we left on our trip and another piece after we returned. The children will bring these home soon.