We got to the ranch and the kids were instantly excited! Our guide was very friendly and eager to create/adjust activities based on my students (sometimes unpredictable) reactions. I also used a bit of bribery, but hey it worked in a BIG way!
We took a tour of the ranch and met the animals. Two of my little guys are very anxious when it comes to new things and don't agree to them very easily. Bribery was my trick! I offered one boy 1 Choco Rock (M&M like candy that looks exactly like rocks) for every brave thing he tried such as petting an animal, going into an animal pen, brushing a donkey, etc. It worked so well that he completely forgot about the candy and just started trying new things! Yay!! He loved the animals so much he started naming the new ones that hadn't been named yet.. The bunnies were: Snuffles, Alfalfa, and California.
|Brushing a donkey for a smelly sticker :)|
Bedtime went far better than I expected. Despite not having any children of my own, I managed to get 4 boys to into their beds...on time... with teeth brushed... with PJs on... without tears! Whoo hoo!! My secret: More bribery! I told them I had a special surprise for all kids who behaved getting ready for bed. Then I busted out the glow sticks! This lantern one made me the coolest teacher ever! I also was grateful for the kid who brought the light up pillow pet that put stars on the ceiling of our cabin!
"Sleep Time" was the hardest part for me. Partly because I'm a worry-wart and refuse to sleep unless every kid is completely asleep, and partly because the kids woke up for various things. My youngest is only 5 and he was scared being away from home and after an hour of trying to get him to sleep, I resorted to pulling his mattress right up next to mine and putting my arm around him until he finally fell asleep. He woke up again at 2:00 and was up for 45 mins and I had to read him another bedtime story. Thank goodness I thought to load picture books on my Kindle Fire before I left! Then he fell asleep and woke up again from 4:00-5:00am. This time when he fell asleep he tossed and turned until he finally crashed out with his head on my pillow. I gave up on trying to move him and fell asleep too. I took this pic when we woke up in the morning. So adorable! It's fuzzy, but I turned off the flash and was trying not to move too much :)
Here are a few pics of our adventures:
I am not actually trying to outcast the kid on the left. I swear! He refused to listen when I asked him to come closer and the look of attitude he's giving is priceless! I wish I could show it to you!
|He figured out this was a deer!|
|They got to hold chickens and collect eggs!|
|My buddy Nick and I. He's a big camping person! So helpful!|
|Nice pic by my student AKA Mr Photographer :)|
|We found REAL fossils!!!|
|Fuzzy caterpillar I found right before we left the ranch|
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