March was both the end of 2nd Grade and the beginning of 3rd Grade for B10. As a special treat, I took Friday, March 7th off and we went on two field trips with CW and Cookie (my mum).
We woke up early, and left the house for Fort Yargo, a Georgia State Park. B10 did his schoolwork while Cookie drove. It only took us 45 minutes to get to the park in Winder, GA.
Fort Yargo was built in 1793, as a fort to protect the farmers from Native Americans. We had fun looking around the campground/park and working on Junior Ranger books.
Junior Rangers is a free program put on by the Georgia State Park Service. The boys will be able to earn three different patches, for completing three levels of study. Right now, both are working on their Deer Patch (Level I) and we did wildlife sightings and pine tree leaf comparisons while at Fort Yargo.
We also talked quite a bit about the watershed, and how we need to conserve water, for humans and animals alike. It was a lot of fun, even with the light sprinkles and wet ground.
For lunch, Cookie gave us a special treat - McDonald's! CW and B10 had lunch and were able to play on the playground for a bit. Then it was back in the car for the second field trip destination of the day, and a big surprise for the boys...
...the Mayfield Dairy Plant!
The Mayfield Dairy Plant gives free tours every 1/2 hour. We started our tour with a great video that explained how ice cream production and milk processing is different than from other dairies. We learned why Mayfield uses yellow containers and why Mayfield Ice Cream is the creamiest ice cream of all.
Then we were able to actually take a tour of the Mayfield Milk Plant, and see where the milk was purchased from the big trucks, where it was tested in the laboratories, and where it was bottled into jugs of all sizes. Wearing the hairnets was fun, as was seeing the giant cooler/refrigerator that can hold thousands of gallons of milk at a time.
Last, but not least, there was of course the eating of the creamiest ice cream of all. B10 was able to get his favorite flavor (Birthday Cake) and CW tried Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Cookie purchased a brand new 2007 flavor - Coconut Cake, and I went with the fresh Peach Ice Cream, with hunks of delicious peaches.
It was a great day, with lots of learning and food, topped off by getting to spend the night with Aunt Boo and Cousin AG. Overall, a fitting final field trip to a special 2nd Grade year!
~Lone Butterfly )i(