Recently, Carter and I found ourselves in my favorite donut shop.
We happened upon this field trip by accident. I truly have my pregnancy cravings to thank for this idea. These cravings have also landed my poor husband on a few field trips of his own ;-).
So, early one morning I dressed myself and the kid and we headed down to the local donut shop. Years ago when I was teaching pre-K, I took my class on a field trip to this particular shop because they installed the large glass window that you see to allow customers to watch their absolutely delicious donuts being created.
I forgot how exciting it is to watch this somewhat slow process. First the donuts start out as small balls of yeast and they slowly make their way through a large machine that helps them rise just enough, but not too much. I was surprised that the beginning part of the donuts journey held Carter’s attention. I think the idea of eating them at the end made it worth the wait!
Now for the best part…..the glaze!!! Although Carter may not take away an understanding of yeast and what it is and how it works, or even truly understand the process of baking. For our little people new experiences with the world around them have positive affects in so many areas of their development for years to come. Our little ones need to experience life as much, if not more, than we do. These experiences help to develop their language skills, critical thinking, reasoning, social emotional skills and their confidence and understanding about where and how they fit into the world around them. When children learn they are empowered and empowered children continue to learn. So the next time you decide to stop at the butcher, fish market, farmer’s market, department store, or any place at all, make sure that you slow down long enough to allow your little one to experience this new environment. It will make a world of difference….in their world’s.