Children learn best through their everyday experiences with the people they love and trust, and when the learning is fun. And the best place for these experiences is outdoors, in the natural world. – Center for Families, Communities, Schools and Children’s Learning
The first school trip for our Kindergarten Montessori to Grade 2 children was a trip to Albion Orchards. Before we all went on the trip, we all talked to our “Rowntree Family” about what they will see and do at the Orchard. We spoke to them about behaving in an appropriate manner, respecting the environment, and taking care of each other. The children were asked to take responsibility for their belongings, such as their bags and outdoor clothing. We even gave them some background information and taught them how to properly pick apples and how apples grow!
Once we reached the apple farm, our children were very polite, inquisitive, and respectful to the guides. The tour guides were amazed to see our kindergarten children picking apples and reciting, “Eye to the sky, twist and turn!”
At Albion Orchards, our children learned the basics of how trees grow from seeds and how they need water, soil, and sunlight to grow. They learned how bees help the trees through pollination, and they were very happy to throw their apple cores on the ground near the trees because they knew it would be compost for the trees.
Upon returning from our trip, just in time for recess, a number of children decided to colour and draw. With great enthusiasm, the students brought their pictures to me and I was really amazed to see that they drew pictures of seeds growing into apple trees with the help of the sun and rain.
All in all, I can say that our students really learned a lot from the field trip. We can’t wait for the next one!