As our fourth and final week of YLP approaches, the learning program looks back on our fun times we have had learning together over the field trips we have been on. Field trips at the Yellowhammer Learning Program enable our students to apply what they learn in the class room to the outside world. Each morning the students have been learning in the class room so that on Fridays, also known as “Field trip Fridays,” the children get to apply their knowledge to the environments around them.
The McWane Science Center
Twice, the McWane Science Center has traveled down to Greensboro to further the children’s engineering skills. The kids constructed houses out of play-doh and mixed materials that were then tested against a model tornado. This activity was geared towards a trial and error experimental process that helped teach them how to revise and act on plans. Additionally with the McWane Center, the kids got to work with color detecting robots. Our students created patterns with specific colors to tell the robots the direction to move and how fast to move.
Book making is an activity done where the students as a class create a story together and individually create books and stories. We have learned how to create books which have tested the kid’s growth mindset. This has taught them that you can eventually learn to do something even if you are not able to originally. The growth mindset is an idea that people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. We have been encouraging this idea throughout our curriculum in all aspects. The story created by the whole class during bookmaking will be shared at Parent Night this Friday the 14th at 6 p.m. in the Greensboro Elementary Auditorium along with many other student creations throughout the summer. Additionally, it will be shared with the Colonial Haven Nursing Home for our final field trip this upcoming summer.
Our Trip to Birmingham
We traveled to Birmingham and visited the Zoo and Museum of Art. At the Birmingham Zoo, kids in the Yellowhammer Learning Program got to pet and hold exotic and endangered animals. Additionally, we traveled to each of the enclosures and saw animals from Africa, Asia, and those native to the Americas. At the Museum of Art, each child participated in a scavenger hunt searching for works of art and sculptures from different eras and locations. We especially thank St. Thomas for providing lunch for us at the zoo that afternoon!
The May Farm
We had local field trips and traveled to the May farm in Sawyerville, AL where the students got to experience nature and go on a nature hike and scavenger hunt. This field trip directly correlated to what our students were learning in Science. Focused on insects, the science curriculum was furthered outside the classroom by a scavenger hunt lead by our teachers and Horseshoe Farm fellows.
Anna Klopak, YLP’s Field Trip and Supply Coordinator, says that, “these field trips serve to broaden the kids horizons through traveling and testing their skills they have learned in the classroom.” Our YLP field trips create a fun learning environment that is different from the everyday classroom setting.