Here are are the top 15 things I learned while on a day trip with the third graders yesterday to the Columbus Zoo:
- Don’t drink coffee on an empty stomach the morning of a 3 ½ hour drive on a bus full of third graders.
- Third graders can hold their bladders for an extremely long time.
- Once a third grader realizes he or she needs to go to the bathroom, they need to go NOW!
- Getting a third grader up at 5:30a.m. to arrive at school on time for field day departure does not deter them from being extremely rambunctious on said field trip route.
- Getting a third grader up at 5:30a.m to arrive at school on time for field day departure leads to an extremely grumpy afternoon when there are still two hours left before leaving for home.
- Aimee likes Robert.
- Flamingoes are pink in color because of all the shrimp they eat (really!).
- Elephants like to blog (Check out Buki’s here)
- Third graders are fascinated with life sized sculptures they can climb on.
- Birds and fish are more fascinating to a third grader than more exotic animals that are asleep.
- Most exotic animals at the zoo are nocturnal and sleep all day.
- A large playset area with nets and slides is more fun to third graders than seeing zoo animals.
- I don’t like to look at animals in unnatural settings such as the zoo. It seems sad to me. And finally, one of my greatest lessons learned on this trip:
- Teachers are my heroes.
It was a fun trip, and I enjoyed watching my Jeffrey interact with his peers. Of course, I already knew he is a pretty special little boy, but yesterday I learned that his classmates think he is kinda neat too.
There was the threat of rain in the air, so when we left, I encouraged my nine year old to take a ball cap with him. This is the one he chose:
My son is not shy about his love for God, and this seems to garner him respect from his classmates. Who could have known? One can only pray that this continues as he advances through school.
I’m still recovering from all the walking while carrying a bag that contained everything necessary for wilderness survival, including: an umbrella, sunscreen in two varieties, water bottles, various snacks, hat, jacket, and the kitchen sink.
I walked around for about six and a half hours with this on my shoulder. Yes, there is a lump of bunched up muscles between my shoulders that may never be the same. So, I should add to my lessons that backpacks are more ergonomically correct than a shoulder bag, right?
Anyway, I hope to be back to myself soon and posting with a little more regularity…I’ll leave you with these lovely images from our trip to enjoy: