Question Of The Week~Field Trips?

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Question Of The Week~Field Trips?
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Tue, 10-04-2011 - 3:12pm

Has your child been on any school field trips yet this year?

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Wed, 10-05-2011 - 4:08pm
Not yet, but my youngest will be doing swimming lessons in a couple of weeks (that's their field trip for the year, 10 sessions at the high school pool). I'm bummed that they've limited it to 2nd graders due to budget cuts. The 5th grade teacher has some great ideas planned, I look forward to seeing what they end up doing.

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Fri, 10-07-2011 - 7:12am

Yes they went to the local pond to explore native plants and animals. It was a walking field trip. They have another one later in the year to clean up a park but they only do one big one a year at the end of the year. Each grade gets $1000 from the PTO to take the field trip and the 3rd grade one is to an old mill town to learn about the mills. Not sure how that is going to go over as far as the "fun" factor ;0

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Fri, 10-07-2011 - 7:16am

back when I was younger we used to do things like that but it was 1 day. The gym teacher would arrange a day to get swim lessons at the high school and then we also did skating at the local rink. But it was usually just 4th grade and up. Now we live in a different town and they do have swim lessons at the high school but in the summer only and you got to pay and its cheaper to go though the Y. My hometown had to close the pool 3 years ago for structure issues but trying to raise money to fix it now so hoping my sister kids will get some oppertunity through the community schools to use so many oppertunities we had as kids have gone away for budget reasons

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Fri, 10-07-2011 - 3:54pm

Nope.

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Fri, 10-07-2011 - 10:18pm
Yes. We are homeschooling with an ALE in WA. This year they decided to do a program where they will take the kids and parent to assorted places on a bus all over the state and locally. Due to age limits, this is the only year my family can do it. So far we have been on two trips. One to Spokane, where we went to the Manito Gardens, the IMAX and a pumpkin farm. Today we went to the Whitman Mission in Walla Walla. Next week we go to Toppinish to see murals and a Native American Museum. We will also be going to the Seattle Zoo, a windmill farm, local restaurants, some TV/Radio stations, the post office, Police office, an observatory and a hike up Mt Rainer.

My only gripe is that the local museum who was supposed to do a presentation on the Alphabet Houses (houses built by the government in Manhattan Project areas) decided that the kids wouldn't like it or relate to it. (She apparently was not there when my kids spent over an hour arguing the merits of each kind of house with the limited presentation in the museum.) Then she decided that they would like a presentation on Frontier Living better than one on the controversial "Kennewick Man." I suggested to our teacher that the museum was not expecting enough of our kids, and another mom asked to let the kids vote. Kennewick Man it is! Can't get much more local than that for us. (Although, the Oregon Trail did go not far away, and Lewis and Clark camped near where Kennewick Man was found.) But Kennewick Man has the appeal that dinosaurs and Egyptians have. We know some, but there is so much more to learn - the kind of thing that inspires kids to become archeologists.
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Fri, 10-14-2011 - 3:07pm

Nathaniel has been on one so far this year and he loved it.

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