What Makes a Field Trip?

  "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." ~ Frank Llyod Wright   I have lasting memories of many field trip my from elementary school career. Montreal, Quebec City, Niagara Falls, the Welland Canal, Fort Henry, Casa Loma and Pond Mills were just a few that pop to mind. We loved them all and never wanted to miss them. They were great fun, but learned a lot, even if we didn't realize it at the time. I'm beginning to feel that field trips today have changed and I'm at a loss to understand how this has happened.  I look back on what I learned on those trips and I'm thankful for all my teachers that took the time to find learning experiences that also were a great deal of fun. The history lessons in Montreal, Quebec City and Fort Henry meant nothing when we...
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Jumping in Puddles

“What do parents owe their young that is more important than a warm and trusting connection to the Earth…?” ~ Theodore Roszak I consider myself somewhat of a country boy. My grandparents had a large farm not too far from where I grew up. Every summer from as early as I can remember until late high school I worked on the farm. I'm sure that's where I developed my early morning routine. I have so many memories of the farm. Learning to drive the big International tractor, getting chased down the lane by an angry chicken, hitting home runs over the fence into the corn field, learning how to milk cows and my favourite, sitting atop the bales of hay stacking them neatly as my grandfather drove the tractor. All great memories, none of which were inside the house. Well, unless I count my favourite couch to nap on after...
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