Martin's Tavern and More
Along with our go to clip board and paper, we brought cameras. Though as we continued walking and keeping our eyes on the path, the cameras became an after thought for the children. Not long after leaving the lawn of St. Johns we were captivated by the world around us, the old and familiar, the bourgeoning and unnoticed detail, and of course our original field trip mission: Martin's Tavern
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That's O Street. That's Wisconsin (on drawing). .... We have to go that way, down that way and wait for the light. You need to go past the Tugoo Toy Shop, and that...that's the bank. This is Martin's (points to image in top left corner of his drawing).
I'm just telling you we have to draw the whole city. This is the map for everyone. The whole city. ... Do you think more trees will be pretty on my map? (Asks while drawing a an image symbolic of a tree. More houses (draws in shape/symbol for house) ... Oh -- the fire station!
.."Would you like to come inside?" We were allowed to sit in the booths. We also were given some Martin's Tavern coasters, matchboxes, and a document of the tavern's history. It was then suggested we come back for pancakes. (But does Rainey Room shop make better pancakes? "Dust pancakes" & "Chocolate Chip!")
On our field trip days, when we arrive back to the classroom it is clean up time which leads into snack time. While we were out in the neighborhood surrounded by "lots of shops" we unanimously chose to bring snack back for everyone. This we decided would be a thoughtful gesture and one to put us in the spirit of Thanksgiving. While we didn't go to "the salon to get a treat" like Abby was wanting and Dagny was supporting, mainly because the salon was too far in a direction for the amount of field trip time remaining, we went to a nearby "French bakery." We decided upon what we wanted to order and rehearsed a bit before going in. Each of the children ordered using big, confident voices:
Hugh: I want five raisins.
Abby: I want chocolate.
Murat: (cashier) How many?
Abby: So many!
Dagny: I want five plain croissants.