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Friday, August 21, 2015

Field Trips for September

At Summers-Knoll, we believe the greatest educational tool available is a child's natural curiosity. We take learning away from the medium of worksheets and place children in contexts that ignite their collective curiosity — in and out of the classroom. 
                       from Summers-Knoll Website

One way of “igniting curiosity” is the careful selection and use of field trips. While many schools are tending toward fewer field trips (deemed too expensive, takes time away from test preparation, etc.), we at Summers-Knoll embrace the idea of heading out into the real world for some real world learning and fun.

Field trips not only expand children’s learning by using authentic, hands-on experiences, but also increase knowledge of specific subjects, and add meaning and realism. We could do a worksheet on organic farming techniques, or measurement, or whatever, but how much more would children learn and remember by completing a scavenger hunt at the farmers market, or buying their own fabric to make pillows?

Field trips also allow for children to work and play with other children. Many times, the two first/second grade classrooms take trips together. It is often a chance to break the routine of the day, get some fresh air and exercise, and to feel rejuvenation. We teachers pay very careful attention to trip selection, meticulously prepare to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible, and do appropriate follow-up with the children.

This first month of school, we will head on four different field trips. Buses have been confirmed!

·      On Friday, September 11th, we head to Howell Nature Center for an all-day field trip. This is something that will be remembered and talked about all year – it is a very special yearly trip. More information should be coming soon from Karen, including volunteer possibilities.

·      On Tuesday, September 15th, both first and second grade classes will head to Jo-Ann Fabrics to choose and purchase materials for a sewing project. We will make cozy pillows to use during Quiet Reading. If you would like to join, please feel free. We will leave around 10:00a.m. and will be back in time for lunch at 11:30.

·      On Wednesday, September 23rd, we will head out to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. This will be first thing in the morning (9:00 – 10:30). I will be sending more detailed information soon, but please consider being a volunteer for this trip. I will need at least 2-3 adults so children can complete a scavenger hunt in small groups.

UPDATE: Now have FOUR volunteers - Brad, Stacyee, Elizabeth, and Ianna. Thank you. That's all we need!

·      On Tuesday, September 29th, both first and second grade classes will be picking fall raspberries at Makielski’s Berry Farm. This has become a lovely fall tradition. We will leave around 10:00, and will be back in time for lunch. Again, parents are welcome.

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