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2015 Spring Field Trip - DAY 2: MORNING!

Day two of our field trip began with a festive morning meeting led by the Isle au Haut school. 

It is always fun to start the morning together and check-in before beginning a day of programming. During our field trips each school takes turns leading activities like morning meeting and/or outside field games. It helps build our community when everyone has different responsibilities!

After morning meeting it was time for, not our typical "virtual" book groups, but instead we got to meet with our book groups FACE-TO-FACE!

Our students got to meet with their book group classmates and teachers for the first time this trimester in PERSON to discuss the common books they had been reading together for the last few weeks. 


It was so fun to watch how comfortable everyone was working together. The rooms were all a buzz with discussion and laughter.  Due to the fact that we use technology to collaborate on a weekly basis in these groups, it felt just like a normal school day in the TLC!

It was just so rewarding to all be in the same room together! Maybe a highlight of the trip for me!

No one loved face-to-face book group time more than the TLC pre-k students who got to dance and sing and play together in perons, instead of just watching it through the computer screen!

Once our hour of book groups was complete, it was time to get MOVING. Miss Lauren Jacobs from Healthy Hometowns joined us for some fun outdoor activities.

The youngers got to start with Lauren first. They played every version of freeze-tag you can imagine!

While the youngers were running around outside, the olders were inside working with Miss Kathleen from  the Maine Historical Society. They were learning about what life was like for children in Maine during the 1800s.

The TLC has been studying Maine history all year, so it seemed very fitting to have the Maine Historical Society join us during our trip to do some programming with us. They heard some overview information from Kathleen about life for Maine children in the 1800s and then got to participate in some hands-on activities that were similar to what children during that time period experienced.

Some of our students made butter with just cream, a marble, a mason jar, and a whole lot of shaking...

We actually used the butter we made for the rest of our community meals during the trip!

Other students participated in an activity called "Game of Graces."The game is played with hoops and sticks and apparently was intended to teach girls in the 1800s how to be graceful! Ha!

The rest of the students got to make their own candles by slowly dipping a wick in wax over and over and over again! I couldn't believe how committed these kids were to making their own candles!

Soon enough it was time to switch up our programs... the olders headed to the field to play with Lauren Jacobs!

There was an epic game of "Fruits and Veggies Capture the Flag" that the kids went "bananas" over!

The youngers got their chance to make candles and butter and learn about about life in Maine in the 1800s.

This little gaggle of girls had NEVER met each other in person before this trip. They only knew each other from our collaborations online. They were glued to each others side through all of the programs! Can you stand the cuteness!?

And speaking of cuteness, our last program of the morning for the youngers was story-time with everyone's favorite librarian, Mr. Ben from the Rockport Library. Mr. Ben just happens to be marrying the TLC coordinator, so he was easily convinced to drive all the way over to Augusta to read to his favorite island kids during his lunch break!

While the youngers had story time, the olders practiced their presentation they were giving at the State House the following day. This was the first time they had ever practiced as a group and we were so proud of how quickly and easily they memorized their parts. 

It was a jammed-packed day and we had only gotten through the morning! 

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