So, my class went to the zoo today. It was very hot. And tiring.
If there's a better method to corral sixteen kindergarteners than bellowing constantly, I'm not aware of it.
The following brief anecdote reveals everything that escorting kids this age to the zoo is all about:
We get to the monkey area, and there's a long row of cages with various kinds of simians, leaping and cavorting about their trees, swinging from a branch here, grabbing cage bars with their tails over there, engaging in dizzying aerial gymnastics in all directions.
And just at the moment we draw near, one kid calls out in a voice of wonder and excitement, "Oh, wow! Look! A doodlebug!!"
And sixteen kids cluster around a small patch of dirt just under the cages, jostling one another as they crane their necks to get a better look.
Later, I asked everyone what their favorite part of the zoo was. Mostly, it was petting the rabbit at the children's area. One girl liked the fact that a chimp at the zoo shared her name. And a couple of others thought the merry-go-round ride was the best.
No one mentioned seeing any animals. Kindergarteners are very tactile creatures.