We took our first all-school field trip on Thursday; hiking up to pick blueberries. In some ways it was like other field trips; we needed permission slips and the kids took home a letter with a list of things to bring: snack, shoes AND socks, water bottle, berry container, bug dope. In some ways it wasn’t like any other field trip we’d ever taken…
The faster walkers took about an hour to get to the berry patch from the bridge. The slower ones took about an hour and a half. The youngest hiker, a kindergartener, just turned five the first week of August and trooped right along!
Some people ate all they picked. Some took them home–mostly to grandma.
And some (Bonnie) managed to mis-step and tip someone’s bucket over. She’ll never live that down… After all that hiking and picking, it was time to build a fire for hot dogs, take a little rest and enjoy the view.
It wasn’t like other field trips because for the first time in our teaching careers the Superintendent came with us and…
the group had a gunner leading the hike and one at the back in case of bears. We only saw tracks and scat (which is a good thing). Back at school, some of the berries for grandma didn’t quite make it all the way home.
It was a good trip and a good reminder that you don’t need to be in a classroom to be learning.