Tomorrow my class is going on a field trip. Field trips in Kindergarten are always met by excitement as the children get to board a bus for an adventure outside of the regular school day.

I remember one particular field trip about ten years ago when my class went to a farm. The children were really excited because the farmer actually allowed the children to participate in some aspects of farming. He let them feed the chickens, pet the cows, have a hayride and play with his baby goats during our visit.

I still remember those adorable baby goats. We got to go in their pen right before our field trip ended. They would jump right up on your lap or nudge you with their nose to get you to pet them. One baby jumped up and plopped in my lap while I sat on a large rock in their pen.  My students excitedly surrounded me to take turns petting it. One student's mother commented on what an adorable picture the scene would make, and got out her camera ready to capture the moment. She captured it alright! Just before she snapped the picture, my lap began to feel extremely wet and warm. I held the baby goat up with a big frown  on my face as it continued to soak my pants. That priceless picture will always be a constant reminder of this very memorable  trip.

Usually the children fight over who will get to sit beside me on the bus, but on that particular day, nobody wanted to sit beside me on the ride home!

30 comments

  1. Bernie // February 22, 2010 at 7:34 PM  

    Just popped over to visit and thank you for stopping by my blog.
    I think your post is lovely and I loved reading about the children you teach.

    I don't think I could teach you anything as you seem to have blogging down pat but if ever you have any questions please don't hesitate to e-mail me okay.

    I will follow you and look forward to more of these wonderful post.
    .......:-) Hugs

  2. Ann // February 22, 2010 at 7:35 PM  

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to visit. And thanks even more for telling such a wonderful story. I bet that had to be the worst riding back with a wet lap and no one wanting to sit next to you. I almost feel bad for giggling. :)

  3. Bernie // February 22, 2010 at 7:38 PM  

    Oh this was funny, well to me anyway....I love your stories.
    Have a great day......:-) Hugs

  4. Edie Parrott // February 22, 2010 at 8:13 PM  

    So funny!!! (At least in retrospect!) Thanks for the laugh!

  5. Niki // February 22, 2010 at 8:29 PM  

    I love goats. We have angora goats. There was one pet kid I had called Peach and I use to bring her inside for a bath and blowdry. She would be a ball of white fluff, very cute! :o)

  6. Theresa Milstein // February 22, 2010 at 8:31 PM  

    This story made me laugh out loud. When a teacher takes young kids on the field trip, it's usually the student who has the accident rather than a goat.

    Goats are erratic animals. When I was young, one kicked my father. Ten years ago, I went to a petting zoo with my toddler, he had a cup to feed the goats pellets. Well, one goat decided to eat the cup too. My poor son had no words yet, so mouth agape, he just pointed.

  7. VKT // February 22, 2010 at 8:59 PM  

    Niki,

    Baby goats are absolutely precious. I can picture you giving Peach a blowdry.

    Edie and Bernie,

    Its funny now but it was a longggggg bus ride back to school....whew

    Ann,

    I wouldn't have wanted to sit by me either. In fact, they sat a few seats back!

    Theresa,

    You'd really laugh if I showed you the picture! The expression on my face.......sigh

  8. Mari // February 22, 2010 at 9:09 PM  

    Thanks for stopping at my blog! I'm loving reading these stories. I remember going along on a field trip to the farm, but nothing quite so memorable happened!

  9. Cathryn // February 22, 2010 at 9:24 PM  

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  10. Charlotte // February 22, 2010 at 9:33 PM  

    Thank you for visiting my blog. The first field trips I took in school (back in the 40s) was in the 4th grade. I still remember each one. Wish you had posted the picture that was taken. lol
    I so admire teachers. I'm honored to have you comment on my blog.
    Charlotte

  11. Donna // February 22, 2010 at 10:17 PM  

    Thank you for visiting my blog. This story is too funny! I admire teachers too .... takes patience with little ones :)

  12. Flamingo Mama // February 22, 2010 at 10:45 PM  

    thanks for stopping by my blog! i'm so glad that the quote touched you...i know it did me!

    my kids love baby goats!! the would've loved this trip!

  13. Marla // February 23, 2010 at 1:06 AM  

    Living on a farm myself, I can honestly say....been there, done that. Gotta love baby goats.

  14. Choices // February 23, 2010 at 9:44 AM  

    HI,
    I found your blog at Bernie's( On My Own.) I loved reading your stories about teaching. I have taught First grade, Pre-K, and Pre-school. At this point in my life, I am a Substitute Teacher. I do enjoy it. Kindergarten and first grade are my favorites. I love teaching, so my blog is called Love To Teach. I will follow you. I look foward to reading more wonderful stories about teaching.

  15. GregoryJ // February 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM  

    Thanks for visiting and commenting.
    When my wife and I went to a zoo where they had miniature goats, she was feeding them and they mobbed her and almost knocked her down. I didn't get a photo 'cause I was too busy laughing.

    I won't h laugh he at heh your hehe situation though. heheheheheh
    Sorry, couldn't help it.

  16. Terri // February 23, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

    How cute! Sorry for you but a really funny story. Have a great day :)

  17. Gary and Elizabeth~ // February 23, 2010 at 10:11 AM  

    Hi VKT,
    Thank you for stopping by "Home is Where the Heart is". It wonderful to meet you.
    My Sister and Brother n Law are both teachers too!.
    I love the little ones they are so eager to learn, not at all like the high schooler's my brother n law teaches. LOL.
    Enjoy your day and come by anytime for a visit.
    Elizabeth

  18. ellen // February 23, 2010 at 11:00 AM  

    Hi Pamela, very adorable story agian. You have done a great job here! I look forward to your next story!
    Ellen
    www.elleninamerika.com

  19. Nancy Van Blaricom // February 23, 2010 at 12:01 PM  

    Funnnnny. Only because I wasn't the one who no one wanted to be near.

  20. Andrea // February 23, 2010 at 6:52 PM  

    Thanks for your sweet comment on arise 2 write. We are visiting Frisco Beach, Hatteras Island, NC. This is a picture I took on Sunday. I have joined to follow your blog and look forward to getting to know you.
    andrea

  21. Gatsbys Gardens // February 23, 2010 at 6:57 PM  

    I would love to keep in touch as I feel we have a lot in common. I have as much invested in the Kindergarten program as I do in gardening.

  22. candace // February 23, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

    I have a daughter in Kindergarten and she LOVES her field trips...it's so great that the school provides such wonderful experiences for the kids!

  23. Chickens in the Basement // February 23, 2010 at 7:16 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I enjoyed reading about your goat farm visit. My neighbor has goats. When she first got them, I helped her birth her first babies. Shortly after, we found out the mamas could do that all by themselves! Who knew? I spent the whole day with an afterbirth smear on my cheek and nobody told me! That's what I get for living in a house full of boys!

    It's nice to hear from another NC girl!
    Anna

  24. VKT // February 23, 2010 at 7:38 PM  

    Mari,

    Less memorable would have worked for me too! lol

    Cathryn,

    How exciting! I have NEVER won anything before! Amazing!

    Charlotte,

    I looked like I had just ingested a sour lemon in the picture. NO WAY could I post it! ack.

  25. VKT // February 23, 2010 at 7:41 PM  

    Thanks Donna!

    Flamingo, they are cute! That's for sure.

    Lol Marla, I'll bet you have! That farm was one of the best field trips. The farmer charged a moderate rate and the experiences were wonderful for the kids!

  26. VKT // February 23, 2010 at 7:43 PM  

    Gregory,

    You should have heard my kids and the Moms who chaperoned laugh!

    Thanks so much for stopping by Terri!

    Gary and Elizabeth, I will definitely stop in again.

  27. VKT // February 23, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

    Ellen, My sweet new blog buddy, thanks for the kind words.

    Nancy,

    I will laugh with you...now! Back then....sigh.

    Andrea,

    Thanks so much! I appreciate it.

  28. VKT // February 23, 2010 at 7:47 PM  

    Gatsby,

    That sounds like a great plan to me!

    Candace,

    Keep in touch! Let me know if I can ever help with your daughter!

    Chickens,

    That is too funny!

  29. Lita C. Malicdem // February 24, 2010 at 6:27 PM  

    VKT,
    Thanks for the field trip and the laugh. I can't imagine you shun away from by those lovely kids. It's even unthinkable for me how you managed the trip back home wet and stinking? LOL!

  30. VKT // February 25, 2010 at 10:46 PM  

    Lita,

    If you had caught a whiff of me that day, you would understand why they shunned me, bless their little hearts!