fourth grade field trips

the kids are on october break.  their last day of school before break they came home with their report cards.  for the most part they were good.  we did have some surprises – good and bad, but that’s okay, keeps things interesting.  included in s9’s report card folder was field trip information for the second quarter.  field trips in thailand are way cool.  last year he got to go to a fire station and put out fires that had been started by the firemen.  i sort of wondered if that could be topped.  and i now have the answer that.  yes.  it can be topped.

there are three field trips scheduled for the 2nd quarter of school.

  • first is a trip to the botanic gardens.  where they will look at ecosystems and habitats.  it’s all day with a picnic lunch and some other activities.  like swimming and paddle boats – which are cool, but not as cool as it gets.
  • third (yes, i know i skipped second, it’s the coolest, and all lists have to end with coolest thing.  that’s a rule) they will be headed to the national museum to spend a day learning about thai history and native handicrafts.
  • second – and the one that s9 seems to be absolutely gaga over (i can’t say that i blame him) – is an overnight camping trip.  yeah, that’s right.  two fourth grade classes going on an overnight camping trip!  and guess what they get to do??  they will be comparing life in the city and the country.  riding water buffalo.  harvesting rice.  picking fruit.  hiking and playing games.  they will be learning some basic phrases in the language spoken by this tribe – it’s not thai.  they will participate in making traditional handicrafts.  they will pound rice.  plant trees.  they will be sleeping in bamboo and wooden houses.  not like the western style house we live in. s9’s teacher’s husband grew up in this village.  and his family still lives there – they will be hosting this field trip. they leave the school at 8am and don’t return until the next day at 5pm.  and, trust me, i do know it sounds scary sending off about 40 9 & 10 year old boys and girls to a thai village about 4 hours drive from where we live.  it is a little scary.  maybe even alot.  but it’s still cool.  and if i didn’t feel confident that every necessary precaution will be taken i would keep him from going.  michael and i are waiting to here if there’s going to be a request for chaperones.  and then we’re gonna fight – or maybe draw straws – to see which one of us will get to go.  i’m practicing my throw downs!

4 thoughts on “fourth grade field trips

  1. Wow! Makes our field trip to Whole Foods seem even more lame. I hope you get to go. Jacob’s never even spent the night without us, I can’t imagine him going off like that. It does sound wonderful though. What experiences!

    oh, but there’s no whole foods here for our kids to even go to!! 😀

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  3. Oh, can I go?!?!? I want the field trip behind door number three! I haven’t had that much fun since I went on that extreme Scout canoe trip in BFE, Canada, with my boys. Now that they are too old for that, well, the one true tent camping trip I went on was with naturists. Look that term up if you don’t know it, because it does NOT mean what it looks like. Anyway, I’d love to stomp grapes, but pounding rice sounds equally satisfying (especially if I was a superhero!!)

    i know! i so want to go. 4th graders get to have all the fun!!

    does every country have a bfe??

  4. that is so cool!!! Wow! Maybe he could do a journal or something to document this field trip. This is another one of those experiences he can tell his kids about some day (or being that uncle that tells the kids crazy stuff if he decides not to have kids)

    we’re going to strongly encourage him to do a picture essay about it! he’s doing one for his bangkok trip right now so i’m hoping he will enjoy that one!

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