Friday, December 20, 2013

4th Grade Field Trip

The girls and I had one last half day of school before Christmas break today and Katherine's class went on a field trip. Personally, I thought the 4th grade teachers were brilliant - they combined the chaos of a field trip day and the last day before break and didn't have to host a Christmas party! 

Since I didn't have students today, I went along.  I have never been on a field trip with Kate.  I always meant to, but never took a day off from teaching to join her (although I usually managed to find another relative to go).  I realized that I am rapidly running out of chances to be a field trip mom and that the days of Katherine wanting to be seen in public with a parent are probably numbered.  So, I went along.  Kate was quite pleased, although she wouldn't sit by me on the bus!  (She wanted to be by her best buddy Trent.)

This field trip had no particular educational theme, it was just for fun.  It was a morning for singing and eating.  The kids started off by singing Christmas carols at a nursing home.
Katherine, of course, had a grand time.
The kids had made holiday decorations to give to the residents.
Caroling didn't take as long as expected, so we had time to kill before the next scheduled stop.  So we pulled up at a doctor's clinic and did some impromptu singing there.
Then it was on to the city for a stop at Krispy Kreme.  The kids had all been there on a class trip before, but they were still delighted to watch the workers make doughnuts. 
The kids sampled hot, newly glazed confections and then a worker came out and explained the whole doughnut making process.  She brought out a mound of dough and let the kids play with it.  Katherine would have handled the dough for as long as she was allowed.
We were still ahead of schedule, so we stopped at a nearby grocery store and sang some more.  The shoppers' reactions ranged from startled to highly amused.
We ended the morning at McDonalds.  Katherine did allow me to sit beside her at lunch.  She never said so, but I am pretty sure she was happy that I had come along.
And I have to say, spending a morning with a bunch of goofy, hyped up 4th graders was a lot of fun!

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