The class was "right off the bat" for our summer. It was this past week. It was called "Claws and Paws". It was a class for 6 and 7 year-olds, learning about big and little cats.
Before I go any further in this post, let me say that nearly all of the pics will be of Kate, despite this post being about Luke's class. That would be because this was a non-parent class. So -- Kate and I dropped Luke off each day & did not see the class.
Also -- before I go any further, I will promote these zoo classes. They were seemingly well organized, and I felt very safe leaving Luke for the class. Good security systems were in place.
Each day, Kate had to give her brother hugs & kisses before he went to class.
Three of the days, I loaded up Kate in the blue jogging stroller, and we went for a walk. Our nice long walk took up most of the class time. One of the days, Kate so sweetly went to sleep in the stroller.
The other two days, Kate and I went to "Target" and to "Natural Grocers". Then, I gave her ample time at a local park!
And -- much like all of the last school year, there was a lot of happiness when we picked up Luke after class....
Also, each day, Kate enjoyed hanging out right outside of Luke's classroom -- where there were plenty of "kid-friendly" things for Kate to get in to.
On the last day, Luke came out of class with a couple of "workbooks". Each day, the class had focused on one particular cat. Besides learning information about the respective cat as well as being out in the zoo to see the cat, the students learned how to draw each cat.
NOW, I fully realize that Luke is *only* almost seven years old, BUT I will very kindly say that I'm seeing signs that Luke has received his parents' drawing skills. That would simply mean that Luke probably will not draw well. Ha! (I'm being fairly serious on this one).
BUT, I have been EXTREMELY impressed with his drawings...
Day 1 -- Lion
Day 2 -- Tiger
Day 3 -- Jaguar
Day 4 -- Cougar (Puma, Mountain Lion)
Day 5 -- Caracal
BUT -- the "thing" I'm most excited about from this class is that Luke knew NOBODY in this class. He went in this class only slightly nervous but very confident (if that makes sense). This class was VERY good for him in that sense. Admittedly, it was equally as good for me to drop him off in a class where I didn't know anybody either.
It was a good maturing opportunity for both of us!
On the last day, after the class was completed, I took the kiddos for our "routine weekly zoo trip"! We had a great time, as usual!
In this last pic on this long post, Kate is holding up her stuffed tiger that Papa Andover (my dad) bought for her at a previous zoo visit. She insisted that the tiger be in the pic!