I wholeheartedly believe that students learn best through real life experiences. As a result, I was pleased to know that we would have another opportunity to take the students out of school and into a different and far greener setting–La Mesa Eco Park!
Early on in the school year the students learned about ecosystems and the different ecosystems that dot our planet. The Philippines is home to many beautiful and interesting ecosystems. That being said, we had the opportunity to go visit one just a bus ride away in the middle of Quezon City.
In the La Mesa Eco Park, the students participated in various activities. One of which was learning about the butterfly species found in the Philippines and their life cycle. The students even had the chance to go inside a dome filled with butterflies! In the dome, the students either completely enjoyed being surrounded by butterflies, or had the total opposite reaction as they ran away from these graceful creatures!
Next, the students were given a personal tour of the eco park, where they learned about different types of trees (both their Tagalog and English names) and what their different uses were. One of the highlights to this part of the field trip was the opportunity to climb up a few set of stairs to get a wonderful view of the eco park as well as the watershed next to the La Mesa Eco Park that holds the water that a majority of Metro Manila uses on a daily basis!
The final activity the students participated in was tree planting. Students learned the proper way of taking care of and planting trees. While placing soil into the potters, the students found various materials in the soil that made it nutritious, as well as some living organisms such as bugs and earthworms! It was a treat watching students get to contribute and leave their own mark on the eco park by planting a tree. In the end, they even had the chance to take home their very own tree sapling!
While the students look to various parts of the field trip–interacting with the other homeroom class, bus rides and sing alongs, I was glad to see that they had the chance to be surrounded and interact with nature! I hope they had just as much fun as the homeroom teachers did on this field trip!