Teaching Safari Celebrates One Year!

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How time flies! Hard to believe it was only a year ago when we added Teaching Safari, an educational tour program, to the Chicago School Supply family.  Teaching Safari is unique because it offers student field trips and instructional programs for educators that are aligned with current Illinois Standards based on the grade level and subject.

One of the highlights of our 1rst year happened last spring when some students from Fulton Elementary in Chicago received enough grant money to participate in multiple tour experiences.  We coordinated five activities over five days for the group during spring break.

Spending Time on The Horse Farm

Spending Time on The Horse Farm

For Most of the Kids, This Was Their First Time on a Horse!

For Most of the Kids, This Was Their First Time on a Horse!

Learning to Care for the Horses.

Learning to Care for the Horses.

The children experienced one of our more recent additions: Life for a day on an Arabian Horse farm just outside of the city (many of them have never been to a farm).   It was an amazing day to watch them interact with professional cowboys and experience basic horse care such as feeding and grooming.

In addition to the horse farm, we toured the Sears Tower, Navy Pier and IMAX, Millennium Park, and Chinatown in the Chicago area.  The tours were handled by City of Chicago certified tour guides.

Exploring China Town!

Exploring China Town!

Beautiful Millenium Park

Beautiful Millenium Park

Our Day At (what used to be called) Sears Tower- What a Great Group of Kids!

Our Day At (what used to be called) Sears Tower- What a Great Group of Kids!

Students prepare for the trip weeks in advance by using lesson plans that tie the field trip to their curriculum.  The tours take place in the Chicago and surrounding area and are handled by a City of Chicago certified tour guides.  Students are encouraged to embrace cultural literacy in and out of the classroom by participating in curriculum-based activities before and after the trip.

All in all- I would say our first year has been very successful.  We received overwhelming positive feedback from parents and teachers.  The Teaching Safari staff and I have been working this summer to develop new educational experiences for teachers and students.   If you are a teacher in the Chicago area and would like to learn more about the educational tours available during the 09-10 school year,  visit Teaching Safari for details.

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