Sierra's preschool had several fun days and field trips toward the end of their school year. One of them was a visit to James Madison's house, Montpelier.
An early president's historic home is not all that interesting for a bunch of 3- and 4-year-olds, but exploring the grounds around the home is a great time.
We attempted to get a class photo of all the kiddos that were there that day, but as expected, it is nearly impossible to take a photo of 11 preschoolers in which all of them are looking toward the camera and/or smiling. If you've got any tricks for this, please let me know!
We started out talking about camouflage. Our guide helped us learn what that word means and how animals use camouflage in nature. Then we tried to look around and find things that were camouflaged in the area. We did manage a few insects that matched their surroundings.
Next, the little ones were off to see if they could blend in with the environment themselves with a game of hide and seek.
(Hmmm, wherever could Sierra be hiding?)
I know that Sophia and Tommy were around here somewhere!
Next up, our guide shared a story about camouflage and the preschoolers had to try and find the different animals that were hidden on the pages.
We went on a nature walk following the story, but I was less impresssed with this portion of the program. I enjoyed the walk as it was a lovely day and the path on the Montpelier grounds is very nice, but I think our guide over-estimated the abilities of her audience.
She said a few things at the beginning, but then it was just a lot of walking down the path on our own in a line that got more and more spread out as we went along.
We stopped just a couple of times to talk about some of the things that live in that woods, but I think that with a group this young, it would have been better to choose a slightly shorter walk with more frequent stops. Perhaps I will suggest this for the Montpelier field trip next year.
Our friends stayed for a picnic on the grounds following the field trip, but we said our good-byes and headed out to pick up my cousin from the airport. She was coming in to town for a triathlon that weekend.