It was Florida winter today! This is the third Thursday in a row that has been cold, but today was the coldest. It was cold and rainy so that the damp just settled in the bones. I am aware of the Thursday pattern because it is the day I spend working in the Literacy Program at InStride.
The Literacy Program is a shared grant between InStride Therapy and area schools. A group (30 to 35 kids with teachers and parent chaperones) arrives. There are four stations set up that teach the kids about the horses and their care while reinforcing basic academic skills.
The first two times I worked with the arts and crafts station. The kids made a decorated book mark, put together a horse puzzle, and did a reading/writing activity. Today I helped in the arena station where my job was to have the kids scoop horse poop--really plastic golf balls tossed around the sand. They scooped with a scoop/rake tool and we did adding/subtracting problems that I made up as we went along. It was way more fun that it might sound like.
But, boy, was it cold. The kids (6 and 7 year olds) were shivering so much the field trip was cut a bit short.
I went home and jumped in a hot shower. Poor kids and teachers had to go back to school. They say it will warm up tomorrow.