Dan, who is 5 in August, went for his first ever enrichment class on Friday--it's called MAD about Birds, organised by the Botanic Gardens & Cicada Tree. It's a 4 hour class held at the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden and the lesson included craft time, video, learning about birds, snacks provided, a walkabout in the garden, and I was really surprised when Dan came home with ... a bird plant! At first, I thought they just gave it to him, like as a souvenir. But apparently, he told me the teacher actually dug it out for each of the students, and each of them had to use a scoop to dig up their own soil, and put it in a pot, and put the plant in, and then decorate the pot themselves. So, he saw the roots of the plant and had to "pot" it himself. HOW is this related to Birds? Well, apparently, this bird plant's flowers look like little birds of paradise. Haha...
Dan also came back with lots of fun facts about birds, and about how to make leaf pressings and rubbings. Which was nice. Think I'll have to try and reinforce that whole leaf pressing/rubbing thing this week. =) Which will be fun for the kids. =)
Overall, for my first ever experience with an enrichment class, I'd say I was impressed. But then again, I'm a green horn at this. For $50, Dan spent 4 hours learning about birds. He got a nice bird plant, which he potted himself, and learnt about birds that are indigenous to Singapore--stuff that I didn't even know about! He also watched a video that "told me to tell everyone that we should not cut down trees because birds live in them", plus there was a nature walk, colouring, a fact sheet, and a nice badge. And there were only 10-12 students total!
Not bad la.
Well, I have nothing else to compare it to, as this is his first enrichment class. I have also signed him up for MAD about Reptiles, MAD about Amphibians and MAD about Strange Plants, all during the June hols, and all organised by Botanics & Cicada. I can't wait to see what he'll bring back for the Reptiles lesson--a reptile plant? Or, gasp, a monitor lizard? !!
On a separate note, it was really nice to see Dan excited and happy to attend a class. I'm glad he's a friendly easy-going boy who is independent and able to take care of himself in new situations. Really praise God for that! =)