The excitement was palpable; occasional uproars of giggles wafted to the front of the bus, children pointing out the window, bright-eyed, as their little worlds whizzed by. Each student was dressed to the field-trip nines: summer hats, deeply-loved sneakers, and brightly-colored sunglasses. Today was a day to impress. Why? Because we were going to… the PARK!
Yes, in the mind of a 4-year-old nothing seems more pivotal than a trip outside of school. There’s an entire world outside the four walls of a classroom, and although MISB brings discovery, excitement, and intrigue into our school as much as possible, it’s important to step out into the world around us.
Throughout the year, each class has the opportunity to attend field trips. Some are indoors, to museums or theatres; but favorites tend to be those outside in the natural world. Children always love exploring the zoo, a protected forest, or a farm. There’s just something about the outdoors that opens up the minds of the young.
This year, one of the field trips for our Early Years programme was to Băneasa Forest, an expansive woodlands north of the city. The moment their feet touched the ground, it was like a new world to our students.
The tall trees, blindingly green from summer heat, made way for slithers of the sun’s rays. The children ran down paths, but made numerous stops to look up, down, and all around. Together with their teachers, they discovered bugs crawling along the soil in search of a place to rest; butterflies fluttered by, making their stops on brightly colored flowers; and birds cawed from above, greeting the children as they sat in awe of the nature around them. The forest was a home, a home to many animals that the students knew and loved.
Being outside invigorates a child’s mind. Even as the classes stopped to play on the playground, teachers couldn’t help but notice the heightened level of fun their students were having. A day away from school, wandering through forests and learning about the critters, is just as important as learning in a classroom.