Yesterday, I got to accompany my oldest on a walking tour field trip of our town. The kids are learning all about our town in social studies, so the field trip tied into what they’re learning in the classroom perfectly.
Actually, myself and another mom are regular volunteers in the classroom and the teacher (who I LOVE) approached us a couple of months ago to see if we would be up to planning this entire field trip, which of course – we were. I met up with the other mom about a month ago and we personally visited the fire station, police station, library and the post office to coordinate times and get the visits all scheduled. And yesterday was the big day.
Our first stops were to be the fire and police stations. There were two classes on the field trip and because space was limited, especially in the police station, one class went to the police station for a tour while the other went to the fire station. They’re right next to each other, so after a half hour the classes switched. Our class went to the fire station first.
One of the fire fighters explained how things at the station worked (ie their 24 hour on/off schedules, etc) and explained how some of the equipment worked. One of the guys actually got into his full gear and I’m pretty sure every single mom chaperone reached for their camera when he came out in uniform.
The kids all left the school with a clipboard and played a little scavenger hunt along the way. They had to count how many churches & schools they passed, how many flags they spotted and things like that. Plus, they had a list of information that they needed to attain at each location like the Police Chief’s name, etc. Here’s my man paying attention: