Harri's class at school hs been doing a unit of inquiry exploring the question 'what is changing?'. They have been doing different things throughout the year such as going to the Punchbowl Reserve at different seasons to see the changes between autumn and spring.
Before the school holidays one of his teachers asked me if I would like to come as 'parent help' on an excursion to Hagley Farm School. I was really excited to do it, as I have never been able to do parent help in Harri's class, and have only done it a couple of times when Jay was in Kinder and Prep. I arranged with Mum to help by babysitting Kobe and yesterday we headed off to Hagley.
I wasn't sure how Harri would be with having me there all day, but he was so excited and couldn't wait to sit on the bus with me.
He asked me on the way to school if I was going to be tired because it was 'six hours'. I told him I thought I'd be okay, and then he said 'but you are always tired Mum!'. Jay then said 'that's because she goes to the gym too much Harri!'. I told them it was because I'm always looking after them and all Mums are tired :)
The kids were so excited to play in a different playground, before they headed off to be involved in the cottage industries.
She put on her teacher's outfit and took on the role of 'Mrs Grumpy' which was hilarious. She kept yelling at the kids to 'sit up straight, feet on the floor!!', and would tell them off for everything and would make them say 'Yes Mrs Grumpy!!' after everything she said.
While she was in role she showed them different punishments that they kids had such as putting their nose on a spot on the blackboard, writing out lines on the blackboard such as "I will not use 'um'", using the cain (she took a child out the back and pretended to give him the cain by hitting it onto a gumboot) and sitting them on the dunces chair.
Harri loved it and thought it was funny that he was getting into trouble for writing with his left hand and smudging his work.
This is just a short video of the kids in the classroom.
It was a fantastic excursion and the kids had the best day. Harri absolutely loved having him with me all day and kept putting his arms around me all day saying 'I love you Mum' and just hanging off me all day. It was so nice to be able to spend the whole day just with him.