Throughout the month of February, families enrolled in the adult and early education programs with AVANCE-San Antonio have been visiting the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo to practice and implement the new skills they are learning in their classes while also alleviating the common stresses they face as parents.
The families learned about the relationship between the everyday uses of animal products and their agricultural basis at the Animal Adventures exhibit. The Little Buckaroo Farm: A Truly Texas Family Experience was also very informative for the families. Within the 30,000-square-foot facility, they had a chance to see the agricultural origins of the food and fiber they consume every day. Another fun and revealing exhibit was the Borden Dairy Center, where the families saw a live cow milking demonstration. The Dairy Center also offered information on all aspects of milk production, dairy products and their roles in agriculture.
Brenda Tierranegra, an AVANCE-San Antonio Early Head Start Parent, was reassured that reading to her child is critical when her son saw a sheep, pointed and said, “Mommy look, like in the book.”
Activities outside the classroom play an important role in helping parents and are a great opportunity for the children to socialize and experience new things. Trips to the zoo, circus, park or orchard promote joyful community centered activities, inexpensive recreational experiences and opportunities to learn about culture. AVANCE programs everywhere dedicate specific time during the program year, especially over the holidays, to bring their families into new atmospheres outside of the class and enhance their learning experience.
“I liked the Little Buckaroo Farm, because it was interactive and this was the first time I had been to the rodeo.” Irene Delgado, Early Head Start Parent, AVANCE-San Antonio.