RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE: Field Trip to: The Little Jungle
Children who experience all rounded development during their school years grow up to become global citizens. Giving equal weightage to both indoor as well as outdoor activities is what will make children well prepared for what lies outside in the real world. Field trips give an insight into what they learn from books as children in the early years are mostly visual and kinesthetic learners. These educational trips help them to explore, touch, feel and listen to what they learn, build cultural understanding and tolerance, and expose them to the world outside the confines of their homes and classrooms.
Keeping all these in mind, ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ an educational trip to The Little Jungle was organized by Indian Educational School for the children of classes KG2, Grade 1 and Grade 2 on October 10, 2022. All the students were overjoyed at the thought of going on a trip with their friends and for many of them it was a first-time experience.
‘Rumble in the Jungle' proved to be an outdoor classroom for the children as they were able to accommodate, experience and assimilate knowledge. It was an experiential learning activity; a reinforcement of the concepts from the theme of the month: Our Animal World. Children were excited to see the animals from their books come alive before them. They walked around the zoo and saw the animals in the meticulously created habitats which looked almost like their natural ones. Giraffe, alpaca, gorilla, zebra, camel, turtle, rabbit, emu, ostrich, parrot, cassowary etc. are a few of the animals and birds they saw at the mini zoo. They were delighted to see the beautiful pink flamingos, and spotless white swans in the ponds. They learned how animals smell, make different sounds, feed, and respond. They observed and spotted out the similarities and differences in the features of different animals.
As a follow-up activity, children were asked to speak about their experiences and describe the animals they saw at ‘The Little Jungle’. Children enthusiastically shared their experiences and expressed their amazement at the beauty of nature. They were truly fascinated by the wide variety of flora and fauna. The trip gave wings to their imagination and helped them in building a connection between their textbooks and the real world.
Overall, it was a day well spent which surely has given our children wonderful moments to treasure.