Lindsey Bingley, Teacher
I am pleased to write a letter of recommendation for Rob Lennard, a.k.a “The History Wrangler,” for his efforts in educating children about the history of Alberta through song and activities at The Historic Bow Valley Ranche at Fish Creek Park.
Our grade 4 and 5 classes took part in a morning of programming with Mr. Lennard this spring, and we were delighted with the quality of education, the amount and accuracy of the information, as well as the
visual/auditory/kinesthetic components of the program, which made it accessible to all learners.
Our students felt that it was one of the highlights of their school year, and teachers felt that it was a fun and educational way to delve into Alberta’s history. I would be happy to recommend this program to my fellow educators, and plan to attend with my students again in the next school year.
President, F.O.C.U.S on seniors
It is with much pleasure and much gratitude that I write on behalf of F.O.C.U.S on Seniors.
Our participants who attended the Educational Recreational day had a fantastic experience last week at Fish Creek’s park open-air amphitheatre area. With your unique expertise in interacting
with each and every one of us with sing-alongs and visuals, you were able to bring Alberta’s history to life!
This “entertaining while educating” style was as refreshing as the ambience created on a crisp sunny autumn day. We learned about the Canadian heritage and all those who contributed to the growth of Calgary. The nearby museum enhanced our knowledge of Alberta and we reflected on the historical milestones as we hiked through the trails after.
Calgary is indeed very fortunate to have such talented and passionate volunteers who give of your incredible knowledge and time. I will be sure to encourage more of such visits with Bow Valley Ranch Education, a delightful non-profit venture and we will be sure to return again with more Chai Tea!!
Grade 4 Teacher
My students enjoyed the day with Mr. Lennard so much! Each of the activities he planned for the students were entertaining, interactive and informative. From the start of planning this day, Mr. Lennard was quick to respond to emails and always accommodating.
During our field trip, our 50+ grade 4 students and parent volunteers felt welcomed and were eager to participate in the many activities. Mr. Lennard made sure to include as many students as possible in the role-playing activities, games and songs throughout the day. Volunteers were also included and many laughs were shared when the adults were participating.
Regarding curriculum, my teaching partner and I felt many outcomes were covered and we were so pleased with how fun Social Studies was made through the hands-on activities. I would highly recommend this program to any other teacher!
Grade 2 Teacher
First, thank you so much for coming in and putting on an amazing presentation; both grade 2 classes thoroughly enjoyed the fun-filled afternoon.
What we liked most about the presentation was that it included student particiption, lively music, and important facts about Calgary's history (the teachers learned a lot too!). The children were so engaged during your presentation and eager to participate - student engagement is the most important part of any presentation.
Thank you for sharing with the students your wealth of knowledge and positive energetic attitude. We can't wait to do the presentation again next year!
Grade 5 Teacher
The students loved the presentation!
It was really interactive and had the kids fully involved!
"I really enjoyed the field trip and loved how Rob kept them engaged the whole time, especially for that group age. I would totally recommend the field for future groups.
Even I learn!!"
" I really like that the presentation was so interactive - Rob had everyone involved. History has never been one of my strong suits but I think if my teachers had been that enthusiastic about the good old days, I would have developed a love for it. I guess it’s not too late! Also, the same week as Heritage Park, I travelled to the Legislative Assembly with the grade 6 class. Thanks to my history lesson with Rob, I found myself able to answer many of the questions that the tour guide had for the class."