Saturday, May 31, 2008

Fun on the Farm

Jacob has been so excited for the end of the year picnic at his preschool, he goes to Children's Farm. He was able to invite family and show us around the farm. He was disappointed some of the guests he invited couldn't make it. (Dave, Papa, and Nana) They had been practicing a few songs to sing for/with all of the parents and siblings. The kids were able to show us around the farm, go on hikes, ride the horses, feed the animals, etc. Here are some snapshots:

The first thing he wanted to show Sydney and me was the baby kittens. He handled the kittens very gently and with great confidence. (fun to see) And I wasn't surprised that Sydney wanted to bring one home. I held very firm in my NO.
The swinging/climbing rope he enjoyed.

Jake was very excited to show Sydney the new calf that recently arrived. Each spring there are several different "baby" animals that arrive. Sydney enjoyed feeding the calf named Daisy.

Here are Jake's teachers, Jenny and Vicki, leading all the kids and their families in a group sing-along. From what Jake tells me they have group signing time each day. Last fall after he started school at Farm, he suddenly really, REALLY wanted a guitar. For Christmas, Santa brought one, but Jake hasn't kept his interest in learning to play!

Jake took us on a hike (the class frequently goes on hikes to various places on the farm). He proudly showed me the garden that they've been planning and working on over the past few weeks. He told me about the Rhubarb they made a cake with, and explained to me that the leaves are poison, but the stems are good for eating.

And the last thing Jake wanted to show us before he left was how well he could ride the horse. The kids all ride bare-back, and are expected to swing their leg over and get up mostly on there own. You can see the stump in the picture that the kids stand on to help them mount the horse. He sat up so tall and proud that he was on top of such a large animal. He was beaming....very sweet.

Jake will definitely miss going to Farm School. I could tell that he really felt a part of the farm and all the happenings there. Jake and Sydney are going to a 2-week camp there this summer. And Sydney will start preschool there in the fall. What a neat experience!

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