Thursday, October 20, 2011

Apple Orchard Field Trip

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On Tuesday, October 18th, I went with my sons Kindergarten class on an apple orchard field trip. I was lucky enough to only have my son in my group. There were four classes that went and tons of parents so most of the parents only had two kids each.

The kids learned how apples grow on trees and how bees are important in that process. The dads had to get up in front of all the kids and do a little bee dance, which the kids thought was hilarious. The lady made them shake their butts and run around a tree with little bee puppets on their fingers.

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After the kids learned about the correct way to take an apple off the tree (twist, twist, pull) then it was time for the wagon ride out to the orchard. The kids got to pick one apple. By the way, there wasn't that many to choose from. We went down three aisles of apple trees before we even found one.

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Little A found an apple that he liked and took the apple off the tree the right way. You have to twist, twist and pull. If you just pull the apple off the tree, it damages the branch and no other apple will ever grown on the branch again. I never knew that until we went into the classroom barn at the apple orchard.

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Once Little A picked out his apple, it was time to get back on the wagon. It took us back to the barn so we could eat lunch and get our donut and cider! There is NOTHING like a fresh donut and cider. I only saw one spill, which was at our table but at the other end from where we were sitting!

We finished lunch quickly and went out to the little animal area. They only had one cow, two pigs, a couple baby peacocks, chickens and about 10 goats. The goats had mice that were living under their wooden house. The mice would come out, grab some apple and run back under the goat house.

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Little A kept wanting me to buy him a pumpkin but I told him I couldn't take it on the bus. Plus, the pumpkins they did have were not very good. Most of them were smashed in from people stepping on them from the other field trips that were there. I told him we would go and get pumpkins this weekend.

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We looked at the different flowers and different picture areas. The flowers were really pretty and I told Little A we would have to get some for our house. We walked around looking at all the flowers and pumpkins until we loaded the bus at 12:15.

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This was the first field trip of the school year and it was pretty fun. We didn't have any rain and it wasn't that cold out. I'm looking forward to going on another Kindergarten field trip! I know Little A is looking forward to it too.



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