This week the girls have got in touch with their senses. They now know that an ear isn’t a sense but the instrument that uses the sense of ‘hearing”. They have learned new vocabulary to describe what they see, hear, touch, smell and taste. And to put this all into practise e visited Higgledy Piggeldy Farm at Imhoff on Thursday. Their lunch boxes were filled with different tastes, there were wonderful sounds and smells and sights and they could get up close and touch the animals that they were also allowed to feed. We arrived at snack time and were allowed to use the lawn in front of the restaurant for our picnic. There was a play area with a big tree and a rope swing – oh what joy! My Gap student soon had them lined up and taking turns and there wasn’t one incident of selfishness. This was the second class she was assisting and had learned from her experience with the first one to have a plan of action and to make sure every one understood the rules! Well don Emma – you did a fantastic job of organising the girls.
Then it was our turn to go and feed the animals. The girls’noses twitched and the new smells – which most of them describes as nasty but none were put off. Some with drew their hands at the unfamiliar feel of animal lips nibbling feed from their hands; there were nervous giggles which soon changed to shrieks of delight. They identified the quack of the ducks, the bleat of the goat and the oink of the piglets.
But which animals did the girls enjoy most? Without a doubt the bunnies. There were some brand new baby ones and weren’t they the cutest! We let the girls in a few at a time and boy was it hard to get them out of that enclosure to let the others have a turn!
The girls were ever so gentle and kind to the animals. I do believe that animals are therapeutic; shy children loosen up, sad ones begin to smile and all because they get to pet a creature who doesn’t judge them in any way.
It was altogether a successful outing. Thanks to the parents who gave up their valuable time to transport the girls. It is very much appreciated.