The tiny elementary school that I teach at requested that I join them on a little field trip. Several months ago I posted about going bird watching, and looking at the success of bird houses the students had put up. Well, I suppose that this is simply the other side of that. The event started first thing in the morning by bussing over to the site. The weather was as nice as I’d yet seen it yet this spring, almost hitting 80 degrees. I’m trying to remember, how are things back in Michigan…? While there, we set right to hanging 3 birdhouses, the students split into groups to accomplish this mission. The group I was following picked a nice cedar tree ont he gronds that it has bugs on it. Thus, when the birds came to feed, they would be inclined to move in. Good enough for me. Doing a little ropework. After hanging them, it was time to learn some random facts about plants and birds. So they again broke into groups and sauntered about till they reached all of about 5 quiz stations. They had to do their best on each question, and then reviewed the answers later. This was all guided by the sort you would expect to find at PJ Hoffmaster, but he did a good job with the kids, albeit a tad scripted. I even recognized some of the same jokes from the last time I was there.
After this was done, we returned to the open meeting area where we had couple activities. First was a quiz game, where based on interviews conducted the week before, the students had to identify the appropriate teacher. There was also a sort of welcome ceremony for the incoming class, I should say, the incoming student. Yes, 1. Anyway, there was an introduction of the students, made by the students. This was really nice. Then there were some cards and such that the different classes had made for her.
After this, there was a little bit of rain, that drove the party inside. We played one more game, and then it was lunch time. I debuted the rice balls detailed earlier, and they were met with rave reviews. I also ate a few other ones, but all 10 of mine were eaten. Success. Finally we went back to the school to close out what was really quite a nice day.
Here is a video compilation of a few of the day’s events. Birdhouses, singing to the new student (when you become a first grader, you will have 8 friends. etc) and then the students introducing each other to her.