Learning can be fun when it is integrated with play or leisure activities and creating links with real life situations and 'Earth House at Kashimpur is the place where it happens.
Our Friday 8 May 2015, trip was part of 'Adventure Journey' program for 'Duke of Edinburgh Awards' and as being an award leader, I was excited too.
|Earth House- Kashimpur|
We left Dhaka at 7.30 am (morning) and reached there at 9.00 am and the first view of the place was enough to refresh our minds and souls. After breakfast we were ready to explore the place and do some educational activities. The first part was to gather the group of our children and ask them to follow teacher's instruction while following safety rules.
The farm house visit was to explores how food is grown and how animals are raised is an ideal way for our children to understand and connect with where their food comes from.
By learning how a farm works, children experience the natural world in a new way and make a vital connection between the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in their lives.
The activity was done in a very enthusiastic manner as kids learned the names of few summer vegetables, picked and kept in their carry bags. They enjoyed most, while picking the corns from a small corn field. The kids collected vegetables and handed over to cooks, who were preparing for lunch.
Learning outcomes:Students can explore 'how the fruits or vegetables grow and picking them up from the vegetable fields is not only an adventurous task for them, but a chance to learn about different kind of vegetables, their names and the plants where they grow. (Vocabulary development)
Animal farm: A part of 'Earth House' is fenced for sheep, goats and horses. There were number of sheeps, goats there, but only two pony's. Kids enjoyed seeing and feeding them.
Fishing: There are lot of small fishes in a small pond. Kids enjoyed catching fishes with manually made fishing rods. We know that“catching” the fishes develops fine motor skills, concentration, focus and patience.
'Earth House' also have hens, ducks and goats as we were served with fresh milk in breakfast. All the animals or birds have their own shades or houses and are given good food.
Learning outcomes from fishing:
* 9 Reasons to Take Your Kids Fishing
Not to mention that 'Earth House' farm offers most of the gaming equipment to visitors such as carom boards, chess, ludo and cross/bow ( which I tried myself and loved it).
Parents of our students were also invited to visit 'Earth House' and few of them accompanied us for whole day. They enjoyed the whole trip and as they planned for only one day, they went back to Dhaka before evening.
We took our evening tea at the main front yard. It was really hot during last week but the weather was in our favor during our trip. It was mildly breezy but pleasantly cold. Catching the chicken was an interesting activity and we all enjoyed watching two teams, struggling to win this game.
Students started creating shelter with bamboos and wood, and we started unpacking and assembling camping tents.
Camp fire: It was fun watching young students learning to start fire. A few words about 'Camp fire'
A campfire is lit at a campsite, to serve the following functions: light, warmth, a beacon, an insect and/or apex predator deterrent, to cook, and for a psychological sense of security.
In established campgrounds they are usually in a fire ring for safety. Campfires are a popular feature of camping, particularly among organized campers such as Scouts or Guides.
Camp Fire provides a nurturing, constructive and fun environment for young people to discover their sparks—unique skills, passions, and interests—and adopt a growth mindset. They chart their own course to healthy habits, community leadership, and connection to nature in collaboration with trained, caring adults. And, in turn, Camp Fire youth give back by sharing those skills in their communities.
Our children cooked few food items such as roasting sausages, making soup in pans etc and enjoyed the whole process.
Staying night at 'Earth House' was also an amazing experience.