Today I signed up the Girl for her first field trip of the year. This year the organizers decided to go with a normal field trip: a children's play. What a novel idea. True, I had to chip in $11.15 to make it happen, but I was happy to do it if it spares me a trip to a free tour of the DMV. "These are the forms we fill out in triplicate when you get a new license."
It made me think of a post I wrote back in March about a field trip the preschool took last year. To Home Depot. Enjoy!
Crappy Field Trip Planners. OK, so today was the first day of school after a week of Spring Break. I checked my email late last night only to be reminded that Monday was the first day back AND a special field trip for the preschoolers. We were going to...(wait for it)...Home Depot! Yup, you read it right. Home fucking Depot! WTF??
My poor kid. She's the baby and she's sat back for a number of years and watched the Boy go on some cool field trips. He went to the pumpkin patch, bowling, a cool, interactive children's museum, and an apple orchard to name a few. The Girl gets to go to Home Depot. Sad thing is, she's not even sure what she's missing.
Last month we had a field trip to the local grocery store. I kid you not, the manager asked 3-5 year olds: "Does anyone have any questions for the produce manager?" Are you kidding me with that? The highlight of that trip was the bakery because they each got a cookie. The grocery store probably ranks higher since HD didn't give out a snack.
Today, Home Depot was just bizarre. We had a tour of the store with a perky "associate" who showed us a giant saw, stacks of wood, bags of mulch and pointed out a few specials. We couldn't even build a bird house? The kids got antsy and whiny after an hour (the mothers only lasted 15 minutes). I will say though, I think we wiped them out of pink and purple paint samples - the girls went a little crazy and we didn't stop them, it was the least HD could do for them.
I get that schools are cutting back and there isn't much funding, but come on! I will chip in my six bucks so my kid can at least make a bird house or go to a museum. These corporations invite the schools to come and "visit" for free and the tours just suck. The kids are bored and have no clue what's going on and the people giving the tours have no idea how to teach kids. The moms want to stick forks in their eyes, but manage to spend $25 before they leave (did you know there are special light bulbs for dimming??). Not to mention, I paid for today as a "school" day and let me tell you, my kid learned jack today: "This is carpet. Does it feel soft or rough? Do you have carpet in your house?" Side note to the moms: "We're offering free installation through the end of the month!"
I just got a note home today from the Boy's teacher about his upcoming field trip. I don't have the heart to tell the Girl. The Boy is going to see the play "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". Now THAT'S worth missing school for!