Yesterday, I chaperoned the Lancaster Elementary field trip to Epcot. The field trip was fun, and it was a nice treat for the 5th graders. With graduation to 6th grade right around the corner, it was well deserved.
Being a first time chaperone, there was a lot to learn. I thought I would be terrible at it, but it turns out I’m a pretty good leader (of children).
6 Things I Learned as a Chaperone:
- Give your group options; if they don’t want to wait in a 90 minute line, don’t. If they’re okay with waiting, wait.
- PB&J is still delicious. Even as an adult.
- A stern look goes a long way.
- Model good behavior because someone is always watching you.
- Teenage (or almost teenage) girls can be very sassy.
- Your child’s teacher is a saint. They deal with not only your child, but 10-20 other children at one time. And they do it with patience and grace (and without the use of swear words).
Our group did a really great job of behaving and even got a compliment from another group at the park. From the sounds of it, we hit more rides than some of the other groups, which was great for the kids. I owe it all to Lindsay, Jenny and Kimberley who showed me the Fast Pass ropes. The group favorite was Test Track with Soarin’ in close second.
The verdict: I would definitely chaperone again. We ended the day with a celebratory Chipotle trip and it was just what we needed.
My sister officially moves into her house this weekend, so we have plans to help her unpack. We’re also taking a day trip to Ocala and to Miami; even with an extra day off it’s going to be another busy weekend.
What are your plans for the weekend? Are you doing anything fun to celebrate Memorial Day?