Tuesday we were able to share some time together with some exotic guests. Wild animals! Well, technically not wild, they were quite tame. The kangaroo actually wore diapers! Pampers, size 5, I checked. Unfortunately, the blue-tongued skink did not. I found this out the hard way.
The presentation was for grades pK-3rd grade courtesy of the Barn Hill Animal preserve from Louisiana. If you would like to read more about them follow the link here.
The kids loved seeing the new animals in our building. Don't get me wrong, I did too, but what I loved more was watching the kids' faces when the presenter would bring another animal out, their eyes filling with wonder. They were so enthralled with each new creature.
As I watched them, I thought about how now, from something as little as this 45 minute presentation, when they read about a kangaroo in a book, they will know what one looks like, how one moves, some know how it's fur is soft like deer's skin. Moments like these are forever engraved in a child's mind, offering so much more than a video clip or a iPad game could ever do. All because these real-life opportunities offer "wonder."
Everyday we get to watch your kiddos grow and change before our very eyes with each new new experience. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in learning that we forget that the best learning opportunities come from "wonder." Thank you all for sharing your children with us each school day and giving us these opportunities to learn from them.
Christy M. English, Ed.S