Preschoolers are a lively bunch and meet new experiences with joy and fearlessness. Our class is full of "characters." Some might call them "spirited," some "challenging" but anyone would agree they're interesting. Most of them qualify for free or reduced price lunch, and some face serious challenges outside of school hours. Our goal as teachers is to make the students’ limited school hours as rich as possible.
Our school tries hard to support each class' needs, but in these lean times, there are limits to what any school can afford.
Without help, some needs are aspirations but never reality.
Each Spring we study “babies”…caterpillars...tadpoles...chicks. While our school and teachers are providing a lot, -including babies and equipment we need to help them grow- a trip to a nature museum to learn about the process is a bit more difficult. Our goal for this school year is to care for several kinds of living things, both plant and animal and -in addition to the many academic benefits those things offer- to grow as caring and responsible members of a classroom community. We want these butterflies to be the beginning of something that never ends for our kids.
Limited funding has reduced the number of field trips preschoolers in my district take from 10 per year to 1 or 2 for fortunate classes...some take no trips at all.
Help my kids escape that fate by helping them take a trip to the nature museum!
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