05 Feb A green day with Science!
As parents, teachers, siblings or Bhumians, we are all trying to get our children to learn new things in some way or the other. If you are looking for a fun and interesting way to teach, there is no better way than a field trip!
On 25 Sept 2011, the Little Einsteins of classes IV, V, and VI and their volunteers from CMS Children’s Home, Chetpet set out in two vans for a fun-filled educational trip.
The children enjoyed the van ride with singing, dancing and excited chatter. When we reached our first destination, the Government Horticulture Farm in Madhavaram, we felt we were transported to a green world! It was indeed a beautiful and cool place!
Mr. Ramesh, one of the workers in the farm, went out of his way to show us the different types of plants that were being nurtured there. He clearly explained the features of different plants, the suitable climatic conditions in which they grow, the planting and nurturing methods that are used, etc. The children were very excited to learn about the plants, asking curious questions and clarifying their doubts about planting and maintaining plants. We also received a special address on the compost pits which had attracted the kids’ attention.
By the time we finished our tour of the farm, the kids had learnt about the various stages of sowing, plant growth, green-house farming, soil composition, manure requirement, etc. The farm visit also kindled their interest towards AFFORESTATION!
In order to encourage the spirit of afforestation, and to make our trip memorable, Bhumi donated seven saplings to the Home. Thus, the visit to the Government Horticulture Farm turned out to be a great, and much needed, nature break for the kids!
We then set out to our second destination for the day; the Animal Science Park at the Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. As we reached, the children were welcomed by a beautiful pair of ostriches. The kids were both surprised and pleased at the sight of them. They got even more excited at the sight of emus, guinea pigs, hens, ducks, rabbits and pigeons in the beautiful environs. The highlight of this place was the display of several domesticated birds’ eggs arranged in the increasing order of their sizes.
For me, it was a lovely day with the kids and my fellow-volunteers Gautham Raj, Rajagopal, Sasikala and Ramkumar. I was able to learn a lot about plantation and domestication. Both the animal park and the farm are wonderful places that keep evolving with new plants and animals, thus making each visit a unique experience.
Overall, it was a great first step in our study of nature!
– Srividya, Little Einsteins @ Chennai