Our Week in Field Trips, Part 2

A Visit to the Fire Station

The Kinders have been learning about community helpers and how they each serve a specific purpose and play important roles in allowing our community to run smoothly and effectively. On Friday they had the opportunity to visit the firefighters of Fire Station #9 to get a glimpse of their lives in action.

First, we went on a tour of the station and saw their sleeping quarters, workout room, captain’s office, and even walked in on some firefighters preparing lunch with a wonderful aroma that filled the kitchen.

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Captain Parrish explained the importance of heat and fire safety in the kitchen. He showed the Kinders that pot handles should NEVER face out where it can be knocked over. Pot handles should always face to the side or away to prevent spills and burns.

Some other important information for kids Captain Parrish shared included:

  • knowing the number for emergencies: 9-1-1
  • knowing the first and last names of your parents
  • memorizing your home address
  • having a designated meeting place right outside of your house in case of fires or other emergencies.

For more information on creating a fire safety plan in your home, check out this site: http://stayingalive1.com/kids_escapeplan.html.

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We listened in on a 9-1-1 dispatcher notifying all local fire stations of a car accident.

One of the firefighters put on his entire firefighter gear to show how well-protected he must be when fighting fires.

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He had the Kinders imagine a room filled with smoke. They practiced getting low to the ground, reminded them to not be afraid of a firefighter in full gear, and to crawl towards a firefighter (instead of hiding from them) if the situation ever arose.

We could not leave the fire station without getting to check out the inside of a fire truck first!

We are so thankful for our local heroes for their dedication and service to our community. Thank you!

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Our Week in Field Trips, Part 1

What a wonderful week we had of getting a first-hand look at the very things we have been learning in class through field trips! Our trip to Hunt Club Farm was off to a great start, especially when this happens:

Our awesome tour guide Ms. Theresa took us to several different stations on the farm. We were exposed to the life cycle of frogs, bees, birds, and plants. We got to look for froglets in their mini pond, dig for worms, play with the chickens in the coop, pet some of the animals, feed the goats, and plant sunflower seeds in the garden.

The photo below is a look at the aviary from the outside with a display of different types of bird eggs, which Ms. Theresa was showing the Kinders. Can you guess how many chicken eggs are equivalent to one ostrich egg?

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Going inside the aviary and getting to feed the birds was probably one of our favorite parts of the entire farm visit! It was fascinating to see God’s amazing creation up close. The birds apparently LOVED Mrs. Smith!

Lunch time was a great time to share our favorite parts of the field trip so far and squeeze in some math discussion. The Kinders ate their food in fractions. “I ate 1/2 of my chip!” “I have 1/4 of my cookie left!” the Kinders exclaimed. It was impressive to see sandwiches cut into fourths, too!  (Way to go, parents)!

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And of course, we got to have recess at the farm!

Thank you Hunt Club Farm for an educational, hands-on, and all-around fabulous day! The Lord couldn’t have granted us a more weather-perfect day for field-tripping. It was beautiful outside!

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The Kinders were sad to leave the farm but were excited for another ride on the bus.

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Their excitement only lasted for a short time. Many of them were out within minutes of leaving the farm after a fun, yet exhausting day.