Yesterday, our Children’s House extended day children took their first field trip of the year. Dressed in their most special concert-going attire, they headed to The Sheldon Concert Hall for Folk Music in the Melting Pot. For some of these students, this was their first field trip ever. For all of them, it was a fantastic morning of music and history, not to mention the thrill of riding in a genuine yellow school bus!
The children heard ballads from Revolutionary America, Southern gospels, “cowboy songs” and 20th century folk music. And they did some other very exciting and important things: they explored their world by visiting one of St. Louis’ cultural gems; they practiced grace and courtesy when they filed quietly through the doors of the concert hall and into their seats in the auditorium; they engaged their curiosity when new instruments and melodies were on the stage; they grew their vocabularies when they listened to the discussions. (And did I mention, they rode on a genuine yellow school bus?)
As they move toward elementary, these children are starting to explore their roles in relation to the greater world. Big work, friends. High five!