Yesterday I got to experience a pleasure few sign up for.
Chaperoning a field trip, that is.
B’s Kindergarten class went to a local farm (Great Country Farms) for their annual field trip. Well, his class plus the other Kindergarten classes at the elementary school. I say this because Loudoun STILL won’t go to a full-day Kindergarten schedule but I digress. This amounts to about 100 kids running around in an open area with shrieks that reach new volume levels.
Kidding. Kind of.
To chaperone is an honor, as I hear from other parents. The teachers send home the form to sign up before Spring Break. I guess there is a lottery that picks out 5 or 6 parents from each class to attend. If you are selected you get a special note and all that fun stuff.
Personally, I think when B’s teacher saw my name on the form I was immediately chosen, because that meant I would be in charge of B (and not necessarily them). 🙂
Anyway, like I said, I was given B plus two other little girls to watch over. I got a special bag to carry their lunch and water bottles and whatnot. I had to bring a backpack and haul an emergency kit plus my own lunch. My duties were to keep track of them and for goodness sake make sure we all make it back to the bus.
It already started out with a bang when who should be pulling up to take his class was Mr. Bill, B’s bus driver. Oh, he was so excited! He had to sit in “his spot” so I was riding in the “cool” front seat of the bus. 🙂
Anyway, at the farm, they split the massive group into two smaller groups.
B did pretty well on the trip, in spite of it all. Of course, he LOVED having me there. He did okay with the large amount of kids on the trip. It was warm that day so he complained about being too warm. He also darted off a couple of times which freaked me out since I was watching two other kids. He spilled his animal food so he didn’t really get to feed too many animals. He became fixated on the sluice and wanted to push sticks down it.
I kind of wished I had the planned items for the tour upfront so I could transition him better. However, I look upon this as learning experience for me in the future. 🙂
Happy to say that I got everyone back to the bus, on time no less. I even managed not to get sick (as I’m prone to motion sickness when I’m not driving).
Score one for mommy!