My daughter's school sent home a form requesting volunteers for their field trip. After reading the form I decided that it would be a great way to not only spend a day with her and the class/teacher, but give me a view into the classroom world of my daughter. So, I planned ahead and scheduled a day off from work.
I asked my daughter how she felt about me volunteering; and she was really excited! I learned from a couple of my Mommy friends, with older children, that I should appreciate that feeling my daughter expressed. They say it's because when she approaches Middle school, it may have the possibility of changing…lol!
While I've been a chaperone in the past for onsite and kid party events, it's a slightly different experience chaperoning out in the field. This trip included traveling with approximately 20 students (per bus, 4 buses total) to a historic site 30m away. For the most part the kids entertained themselves during the commute. That was thee relief because once we got into the field, the challenge shifted a little for me.
Overall, the field trip was planned with a purpose, especially the educational component. I SO love our Teachers because they not only have a love for teaching our kids, but they help us parents too. Each chaperone had a 'cheat sheet' for lack of a better term. It helped us give the children key facts/details about the historic site, which impressed the students…somewhat!? It was also fun to watch my daughter's face when one of her classmates told her, "…your Mom knows a lot!" That definitely puffed out my chest and gave me confidence.
However, one element of the trip I learned that I wasn't quite prepared for was the bathroom break. Meaning, when you chaperone the opposite sex, it's necessary to try and partner with a parent of the opposite sex. I found this most important during our two bathroom breaks and found that the boys caused a little mayhem that I couldn't necessarily see to control. They didn't do too much damage, but it would've definitely been nice to have the male chaperone take the boys. This was the note I made in my head for the next time.
I had a great time as a chaperone and on the field trip altogether…I survived! It was nice to interact with the teachers, other parents, and the students. My daughter enjoyed my presence and was proud that I was a part of the trip. She also got a kick out of the fact that I was able to take her home early (without penalty) once we returned.
The icing on the cake was afterwards; kids in my group made thank you cards for me. It was really nice and I look forward to the next trip!!!