Learning About Native Trees
One of the “strengths” of the LitClub curriculum is curiosity. In an effort to spark our LitClub students’ curiosity, we made arrangements over the October holiday break to take the students from the eight LitClubs of our Empowered Schools, Ngangani, Kisola, Maanzoni, and Sofia, for a field trip.
The students visited nearby Muthoki Lodge where they took a forest tour and learned about beekeeping, different types of trees and their herbal use, nursery making, and the hotel industry. The students were exposed to new ideas and felt motivated to become tree champions through planting trees and maintaining them. In addition, they felt excited to share with their parents about beekeeping.
During the Field Trip walk, you could see how curious and observant the kids were through their questions about the trees. LitClub Mentor Brian said, "I also noticed that most of them were knowledgeable about trees in their native language. During the walk, I was surprised when a student called me, 'Excuse me mentor Brian, look at that owl.' It took me some time before I could see where it was hiding on the tree and wondered how the child had seen the owl. Later on, after the forest tour, the students were courageous enough to volunteer and appreciate the tour guides for taking them through the forest and teaching them about the different uses of the farm."
After the visit to Muthoki Lodge, the students returned to the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center. At the LRC, the students had a fun time participating in a Brain Break before proceeding to the enrichment activities. Students rotated through stations including using the KioKit tablets to read interactive books, creating bookmarks, and making jigsaw puzzles. The students enjoyed all the activities. After the activities, students had a moment for entertainment and others requested to do their own presentations that they had prepared.
These types of enrichment activities expand our students' worlds and opens them to new ideas and opportunities. Donors like you provide the funds so we can offer these types of school break activities.
Would you like to go on a FIELD TRIP TOO? On Wednesday, November 10th, we are hosting a VIRTUAL Field Trip to Kenya Connect that will include Chapati Making, a glimpse into our LUV classes, and a LitMom presentation. James Musyoka, Co-founder and Executive Director, will be LIVE from Kenya. You can register HERE for this FREE event.
As always, we are deeply grateful for your donation to Kenya Connect.
Creating Book Marks!