Well I did it – I finally fulfilled my annual parental duty to volunteer at school in some capacity. Yesterday I accompanied my son’s grade 2 class to the Museum of Man and Nature for the entire day. As I left I tweeted out my plans for the day, partly as a plea for intercession on my behalf and partly because that’s what you do on Twitter, you tweet stuff. Regardless one mom suggested that at a minimum I would get some good blogging material – and she was right! So here is my very uninspired, Saturday “extra” blog in the form of the top ten lessons I learned yesterday!
- A grade 2 field trip can be defined as a lot of running away from the adult leader followed by “boredom” pee breaks if the action stops for more than 3 seconds.
- Girls care about the bead work of our aboriginal friends and boys care much more deeply about their weapons.
- Neither boys nor girls care about the most important thing, Canada’s geology. (They wouldn’t let me teach them about the IMPRESSIVE collection of rocks!)
- Everyone needs a grandma in their life like Barbara the volunteer granny who toured us around different displays for an hour. She was a gem. (Incidentally a gem is a rock.)
- Security monitors are easily as entertaining, if not more-so, than actual exhibits. (I can’t imagine why they would put windows on the security room! It must make the guards feel like a penguin in the zoo.)
- Kids are smart. I said “Hey look at the buffalo” thinking they wouldn’t know that they were bison. They did.
- Kids are smart alecs. If they know something you don’t (or assume that you don’t) they will tell/inform/correct/enlighten/mock you. Then rub it in your face that they knew something you didn’t.
- I learned that I really appreciate contemporary dentistry. Good grief, I was actually concerned for the well-being of the 1800’s patient mannequin being worked on by the 1800’s dentist mannequin.
- The Planetarium is not quite as fun as it used to be. I may have dozed off momentarily. Several times.
- There aren’t enough dads who take the day off of work to go on field trips. It really wasn’t that hard. The kids are incredibly fun. And I definitely notched up a few degrees on the hero-mometer.
Our teachers are amazing too! I wouldn’t be able to say enough!
Have a great Mother’s Day weekend!