I haven’t blogged lately about the books we’ve been doing for Five In A Row, but I wanted to go ahead and share this field trip! In late December, we went to the County Maintenance Facility to enrich our reading of the book Katy And The Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. The book is about a snow plow who saves the city when a snow storm strikes and shuts down all the roads. It fast became a favorite book in our home and this also became one of our favorite field trips yet! Big machines, snow plows, and wheels. What was there not to love?
The kind employees of the facility went above and beyond to teach the little ones what they do for the city. We piled into a pickup truck and Rocket got to sit in the front seat as we toured the facility. Songbird, who was sitting with me in the backseat, was also wide-eyed and thrilled to be experiencing her first ride in a moving vehicle car-seat-free!
Our tour guide and facility worker, Jesse, pointed out all the materials that the city uses to repair guardrails, fill potholes, and the like. He parked the pickup truck when we arrived at the building where salt is stored for clearing the roads of snow in the winter.
As Jesse described the work that they do, a different city employee fired up the bulldozer to demonstrate how they move large loads of salt. Rocket was in a jaw-dropped daze in the front seat while Songbird was bouncing giddily in my lap with her eyes glued securely to this massive machine!
As though that wasn’t enough coolness for one day, Jesse asked Rocket if he wanted to try the bulldozer out for himself. What do you know… he DID! He even got to man the bucket himself, though I am having trouble uploading the video on here.
Even Songbird got a turn. Not a bad life for a 9 month old, huh?
We got an up-close-and-personal view of the salt and Rocket was even allowed to take a rock home to show his dad! It never actually made it home… I’m still expecting to come across it in the car or buried in a pocket at some point.
When we got back to the main building of the facility, the workers had even more lined up for the kids! Did I mention they blew me away with their kindness? Rocket was amazed as he watched them attach the snow plow using a crane. He has a big thing for cranes!
And then he got to try out just about every machine and police car in the garage!
I, as well as the other moms who were with me, was taken aback by how the city’s workers catered to our small homeschooling group. They went out of their way to welcome us and to create a remarkable learning experience for our children. It is so inspiring to come across other adults who understand our vision and accommodate an environment where the world is our classroom. I can’t give them enough kudos!
Stay tuned for a future post on the book we rowed with this field trip- Katy And The Big Snow.