We started our morning with Mr. Jones as we visited his homestead from Stephen F. Austin's colony in the 1820's. The boys and girls carried wood, cleaned cotton, saw a pig, ate campfire cornbread, and learned about pioneer life. I don't think any of them will be complaining about their modern day chores any time soon. Mr. Jones even shot his rifle for us and made our ears ring a bit.
After a very calm picnic lunch, we took a nice walk and saw turtles, dragonflies, and even a giant alligator. The children were excited to play in a treehouse while we waited to visit The George House from the 1930's. The students were filled with questions about what life was like way back then. Next, we learned about modern day cowboys, horses, and cattle. We even saw Big Tex, the longhorn bull. The cowboys taught us about dipping cows for ticks as we watched them run through the dipping pond. Some of us even got a little splashed, but we had a blast.
There were many things we were not able to see and do today, so if you have the inclination, take your family to the park for a visit some time. It is very interesting, fun, and educational. The students were praised many times today by the staff for their excellent manners and good behavior. Thanks for raising them right! To all the parent helpers today, a big thanks for coming with us and helping out today. I hope you enjoyed our trip.
Tomorrow is field day. Students should wear a clean class shirt or spirit shirt, and bring a COMPLETE set of dry clothes in a bag with a towel. We plan to have a picnic lunch with the grade level tomorrow.
|Already a pioneer in spirit|
|Learning about the smokehouse|
|Carrying wood to the pile-Everyone works on a ranch|
|The barn of farm tools and hide tanning|
|One of many Texas pigs that provide food for the Jones family|
|The kids enjoyed watching the pig eat his lunch|
|Learning how to clean cotton|
|Carding, or brushing the cotton|
|Twisting the cotton into long thin strands for the spinning wheel|
|Mr. Jones taught us about pioneer cooking|
|And pioneer kitchens|
|And money, like bits and bucks|