Today we had an AMAZING opportunity to tag along with the Kind Academy and visit the Grateful Farm. As a private animal sanctuary in Parkland, the Grateful Farm was established to rescue farm animals and teach children the beauty of building a relationship with the outdoors and the creatures who inhabit it.
This morning, we got to do JUST that.
Last month, every night at bedtime, we read a few chapters of Charlottes Web. For those of you who I’m friends with on Facebook – you all know that didn’t turn out so well when *SPOILER ALERT* E.B. White kills off Charlotte in one of the most traumatic scenes in a book I think I’ve ever experienced! The girls were destroyed that Wilbur’s best friend would not return to the farm. Part of me ached for their broken little hearts, but the educator in me was so proud that they connected so deeply with the characters and understood the brevity of what was happening.
Afterall, the strong character development exhibited by E.B. White was one of the reasons I chose Charlotte’s Web for bedtime read-aloud. Examples of friendship, kindness and the importance of building relationships are woven strategically through the plot line without being too complicated and it filled my heart with pride to watch my girls grasp & embrace these values through classic literature.
Call it Serendipity because shortly after, our friend Rebeca invited us along on a field trip to a Farm, built with the sole purpose of treating animals with kindness and we LEAPED at the opportunity!
Iman from Kind Academy was kind enough to set up this AWESOME organic painting + stamping station – using fruits & veggies to stamp different shapes! I LOVED how the starfruit appeared – and look how fun, a square carved out of a potato!
Soon the munchkins had stamped their little hearts out and were ready to continue exploring – distracted by this cool little gobbler who happened to pass by.
Joshua caught a Lizard!
Meet William, a very sweet 9 month old piggy boy, who was ready for his closeup! We carefully scratched his back, and under his chin. Fed him a carrot and sat patiently while he nuzzled his wet nose into our laps. Mimi was so excited to get up close and personal with this sweet boy and show him a little love.
Then, it was water, snack and story time with Iman – who very excitedly shared with us the story of the Cow that said OINK!
This sweet little private farm was SO wonderful and just sprinkled with happiness in every corner. Excited, curious children, sweet sunshine, the smell of dirt and some silly animals and we had ourselves the perfect recipe for a perfect enrichment field trip.
After what turned out to be an eventful day on other levels – I am grateful, for the grateful farm and for the wonderful friends we got to share the day with.
This weekend, as you’re out and about crossing off those holiday to-dos… hold that door for the Mom with her hands full, be patient with that training salesperson, hug those littles just a little tighter because life is just a little sweeter when we take a moment to be kind.