October was a busy month with our Down on the Farm theme. My assistant teacher Julie, arranged for us to visit her family farm, which was the ultimate highlight of the month. Our curriculum, Mother Goose Time provided us with so many rich, hands-on experiences in the classroom, that by the time we visited the farm, everything came together in a beautiful way.
Critical thinking skills were used as the children used a small cow to answer questions such as “Would you rather eat carrots, beans or corn?” The questions start out simple with 2 choices and progress from there. After everyone answered the question, we then counted how many cows were in each group. The children had no idea we were “doing” math!
The days that we focused on Seeds and Weeds, were messy and so worth it. We had sand, seeds, weeds and dirt everywhere! They could not believe how long roots can actually grow underground.
As I mentioned earlier, the field trip was the most exciting day of all. Our senses were stimulated as we were led around the farm. The damp, cool morning air brushed against our cheeks, although I am not sure our preschoolers sensed a bit of coldness in their excitement. The farm has a bakery on site and the smell of fresh donuts greeted us as we exited the bus. A few of the aromas were not so pleasant, however and we soon discovered that as we fed the pigs. The stench did not prevent the children from wanting to pitch apples into the pig pen and we realize we may have a few future baseball stars in our midst.
We marveled at the eggs Farmer James pulled from the nesting boxes and were able to feed the sheep as well. The children laughed as the large warm lips of the sheep scooped the hay from their hands. All of these experiences were talked about by the children during free play and snack for days after our trip. These smiles make it all worth it!
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