We had a gorgeous day for our field trip to The Landing. Costumed docents led us through the pioneer village of Eagle Creek. We learned how people of this time (approx. 1889) lived, worked and played. We learned that pioneer children had many chores, and we got to experience a few: carrying buckets of water, bringing in the firewood, feeding the chickens and gathering eggs.
Then we enjoyed playing with some old-fashioned toys. We made some connections to toys we still play with today (but they are made of plastic now, and not wood). We learned that one of these toys was actually designed to teach children how to milk a cow!
Our last stop was at the general store, where we saw all sorts of interesting old-fashioned items and tools. The most fascinating thing was a contraption that we discovered was an apple cider press. We each got to drop in some apple pieces and then turn the crank. After all of the juice was pressed out, we each got to dip in a finger for a taste. Yum!
On Wednesday, we finally got to meet our Bio-Buddies! We have been waiting for this day for such a long time! These middle-schoolers (7th and 8th graders) have, as their community partnership service, chosen to work with Breck's kindergarten once a month. They are a wonderful group of students, and such positive role models for the kindergartners!
This month, after some getting-to-know you activities, our Bio-Buddies weighed and measured us and charted the information on a graph in our individual bio-buddy books. They will do this each month, so that we can each chart any growth or change over the school year.
Our October activity was a culmination of our study of the five senses. We each got a mini-pumpkin to explore using our five senses. We even got to taste roasted pumpkin seeds. We already love our Bio-Buddies and are looking forward to November's gathering!