Preschool age and kindergarten students have a lot to learn about the
world in school. They must learn their numbers and letters and also learn
how to interact with other children their own age. There is a lot to
be done within these classrooms, but real world experiences are also
important. A great way to give children these experiences is by starting
with instruction within the classroom and then taking fieldtrips to see
what they have studied. A great example of helping children understand
different aspects of the real world is to provide instruction on the
basic elements of farm life and then take a field trip to see a local
farm. Before taking your students to the farm, make sure they receive
proper in-class instruction on these farm lessons:
Animals. Your in-class farm lessons are best begun by looking at the
major types of animals commonly found on farms. Typical animals found
on farms may include cows, horses, pigs, ducks, birds, cats, and mice.
When designing your lesson plans, you should make sure to include the
animals that you will see when your class visits their local farm. This
will help to reinforce the learning they have experienced in the classroom.
Crops. Animals are not the only important things on farms, so you should
also include in-class farm lessons geared towards the understanding of
different types of crops and their growth cycles. An enriching activity
to help students understand how plants grow is to let them grow their
own seedling. Hands on activities help students to get involved and makes
learning more meaningful for them.
Family Life. The last component of your class's farm lessons should
include discussion about the type of family life that is typical among
farming families. When you visit your local farm you can then have your
students interview the family that maintains the farm. This interview
will make a great resource for comparing and contrasting this specific
family with the typical farm families you have already discussed when
you return to the classroom.
Farm lessons in the classroom paired with an excursion to see a real
working example is a great way to give your students the type of
learning they need to fully comprehend the world they live in. Make the
extra effort to give your students this type of holistic approach to
learning so that you and they are fully satisfied.