This was an occasion where the children were able to explore the beautiful building with its gardens that is situated in their village. They observed and interacted with the environment to increase their understanding of the world around them. This outing promoted values and practices which demonstrate civic responsibility such as not to litter and cut flowers.
The outing provided opportunities where they talked and discussed about what was around. The turtles and fish in the ponds encouraged them to exclaim excitedly ‘ara x’hemm!’ The maze in the midst of colourful patches of flowers stimulated them to walk and admire the scenery. The place helped the children develop a positive disposition as they showed great interest in all that was around them, such as the height of the trees and different trunks. I could not help smiling when two boys found two garden chairs, sat on them, put their arms behind their head and exclaimed that they are relaxing.
The children were exposed to various tools that a gardener uses such as a wheelbarrow, planting pots, pipes, watering can and spade. They were curious to see what the the small trench along the patches of soil was for and discovered through the gardener that it holds a metal pipe which carries water to feed the plants, trees and flowers. The blossoms and fruits on trees attracted their attention and two boys were tempted to touch a small orange that lay on the ground.
The antique furniture and grand chandeliers encouraged children to appreciate the craftsmanship of the carpenters who made them and experience how the noble family used to live.
The outing came to an end with a short visit to the village Florist. After they were greeted, the children observed the different items on sale, such as plants, flowers and all that one requires for planting seeds. With money that was provided by their parents, each child bought a clay pot to serve for planting seeds the week after. This visit was another experience where the children showed interest and became aware of what entails to be a florist.