Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Hey look! I'm posting twice in one week!

This morning we took the kids over to the high school to check out some exhibits and presentations by kids in the FFA (Future Farmers of America). We started out learning about some plants. Then we saw a welding demo. Then after that we came to some kids who were displaying their sheep. They had two adult ewes. One of them had two little cute baby lambs. The high school boy who was there couldn't wait to tell the kids "Now if you show a ram you have to have it castrated. Do you kids know what castration is?!" Sheesh..don't they screen these presentations?!

The next display was about poultry and these two boys had three chickens and two ducks with them. One boy looked like he reached into his dad's closet and pulled out the oldest, ugliest and widest tie he could possibly find. Then it looked like had a blind guy with no fingers tie it for him. His collar was all sticking up on one side and he was wearing this tie and button down shirt with jeans and tennis shoes. He told us this completely pointless story about how a duck pecked him once at a pond. Then he told us another pointless story about how one time his sister went back to that same pond and a duck tried to peck her as well. Wow..I think the kids really learned a lot about poultry through those stories.

After that we went to a lesson on wildlife which mostly consisted of displaying various works of taxidermy. There was a coyote head, a deer mount, two ducks, a quail and a bighorn sheep skull. They didn't have much to say. They mostly just let the kids look at and touch all the dead animals. Then they went to a presentation on crops. Mostly there they played a game with a piece of wheat that didn't have much to do with crops except they used a piece of wheat where they normally would have used a ball or something.

After that they went to another presentation on cattle. The students just had three signs they wrote up about cattle. That one was kind of lame. Also they misspelled stomach as "stomic" and hamburger as "hamberger." Sheesh.. Then the kids went to a presentation on horses. They had a horse in a trailer with her foal and that was cool because the kids got to touch it. But one of the girls was a presentation nazi. Very demanding and in control. Grabbing kids and putting them where she wanted them instead of just telling them where to go. One of those types that should avoid caffeine.

Lastly we hung with the goats. They had a mama goat and her two kids. The kids lined up and each fed her a handful of corn. Then we left. That was fun for the kids and kind of interesting. Some of the high school kids were pretty funny (unintentionally) too. I'm glad those days are over!

The rest of the day was mostly uneventful except for one of my kids getting another in a headlock and then a chokehold in the bathroom at one point because he found the other kids finger-snapping annoying. Tomorrow we have a visit by an author that will come and read to the kids.

Next week we have our big field trip to Austin. Should be quite a day.



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