Woodbridge Elementary students experience farm life 


At Woodbridge Elementary School in Catonsville, students in Pre-K and Kindergarten classes experienced farm life, science, and tradition at their annual visit to Sharp's Pumpkin Farm.  Teachers prepared students for this trip in class by having them make their own pumpkin books, label pumpkin parts at science centers, and read directions to paint paper-bag pumpkins.  Students had opportunities to do shared reading with books in class such as "Pumpkin, Pumpkin," "I Went Walking," and "The Farm Concert."  They learned about the life cycle of the pumpkin through reading as well. 

At the farm, students picked pumpkins, went on a hayride and fed cows, pigs and chickens. The experience didn't end there, though; students also got to go through a corn maze that one student described as "a puzzle." The picnic lunch by the pond, complete with waterfowl, and the chance to pick corn for popping were icing on the cake.  

Without these kinds of hands-on activities, the world of farming might seem like just another textbook study done in a suburban setting.  Instead, what students took away from this trip was real-life learning that can be applied in the present and future in deep and enduring ways.

Story and photos submitted by Elizabeth Ciganek of Woodbridge Elementary        
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