Kindergarteners do many community helper field trips that augment our community helpers Social Studies focus. We also have trips that focus on life science and God’s creation. They include:
Pumpkin Patch - We have a tour of Pinery Pumpkin Patch in Rancho Bernardo and examine the vines for flowers, tendrils, and different sized pumpkins. We select a pumpkin, and leave with a coloring book that details the life cycle of a pumpkin. Then we go to Kit Carson Park for a picnic lunch.
San Diego Zoo - We have an educational behind the scenes bus tour which often includes the giraffe enclosure, but might be elephants instead. After a sack lunch we walk through the children’s zoo.
Police station - We go to see where one of our favorite community helpers works. We are given a look inside the jail if it is not being used at the time. One of the 911 operators comes out of dispatch to discuss safety with us, and our tour officer shows us all around.
Fire station - Another favorite community helper works here. We learn the difference between fire engines and firetrucks, and learn about the unusual work conditions of firefighters. Sometimes we get to spray the fire hoses.
Post Office - We write a letter to a “Secret Pal” in our class, buy a stamp, and mail the letter to our friend. We learn some of the history of the post office, and how our letter gets to the right place.
SeaWorld - We participate in their educational program and do many hands-on experiences with the animals that live in the sea.
Flower Fields/Strawberry Patch - Earlier in the year, we have a teacher from Carlsbad Flower Fields come to our class and teach us about plants. We plant our own sunflowers, and watch them grow. At the Flower Fields, we learn about composting and recycling, have art and music, go on a hayride, and have a picnic lunch. Then we go to the strawberry patch where we get to see the different parts of the plants and pick our own bucket of strawberries.
Major Market - Many children find out for the first time how items are stored to be put on the shelves. We go into the dairy box, produce box, and back room to watch a forklift in action. Then we get to pet a lobster!
Military Base - We love our military and pray for them every day. When we have a connection, we go to MCAS Miramar or Camp Pendleton to see different areas of the base and some of the vehicles there. What we see depends on our connections, so let us know if you can help!
Occasionally we are given an opportunity by a parent to have a field trip to their business. We welcome these and have gone to a TV station, a radio station, Qualcomm stadium, a restaurant, and others.
First Graders go to Stehly Farms to learn about organic farming and choose a pumpkin to dress up for their Pumpkin Parade book report. Later in the year they do a STEM project in conjunction with a day at Legoland.
Second Grade goes to Old Escondido and City Hall as part of their social studies unit on our community. They also visit SeaWorld as part of their cross-curricular unit on Antarctica. In the spring, as they study the pioneers and cowboys, the second graders visit Rawhide Ranch.
Third Grade visits the Palomar College Planetarium in conjunction with their solar system unit. Additionally, they visit Jack’s Pond Nature Center in San Marcos, where they experience hands-on science and take a nature hike.
Fourth grade visits an old Californio Rancho where student get to make candles and do branding on a piece of leather. They also take the train up to San Juan Capistrano and tour the mission. An amazing on-site field trip is called “Walk Through California.”
Fifth graders stay overnight on the USS Midway as part of their American History class. They also visit the Creation Museum in Santee. As a part of their explorers unit the 5th graders visit the Cabrillo National Monument. Lastly as a part of our American revolutionary unit they participate in a reenactment of a revolutionary battle at Riley’s Farm.