The students in 6th grade recently (May 8, 9, 10) experienced the Outdoor Education program, which is an exciting and stimulating three-day extension of classroom curriculum. The classes were held at White Pines Ranch, in Oregon, Illinois, about 90 miles from Chicago. The students and teachers spent three days and two nights at White Pines. During that time, the students and teachers kept a full schedule of day and evening classes and activities. Some of the activities included horseback riding, hiking through the sandstone canyon, mapping and orienteering (compass), kite making and flying, fossil excavation, water and wildlife study, teambuilding activities, ranch bingo, outdoor games, hayrides, songs, and campfires. The trip also included a stop at the John Deere historical site. The students learned about the history of John Deere and the John Deere Company, and how it revolutionized farming in the Midwest. They even got to see a demonstration by a blacksmith!
During the three days, the students participated in learning about the natural world using skills they’ve acquired in language arts, social studies, science, math, art, and physical education. Language arts was the best class ever!” exclaimed one of the students on the trip. Another student said, “That was the most fun social studies class I have ever had!Talk to the 6th graders to hear other testimonials about the wonderful experiences they had on the trip!
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