Vann's kindergarten teachers set up a mini-farm for the students to get hands-on experience with real life farm animals. They had a chicken, rooster, lamb, baby chicks, baby guineas, and rabbits. Miss Toby's "Take the Lead Academy" loaned the school several of the animals.
The kindergarten students were encouraged to dress as farmers or farm animals to celebrate the day.
Students went through rotations where the teachers led mini-lessons/discussions on each animal. The students learned what the animals were, what they eat, what they are used for, and even got to hold/touch them.
"Students said they had never seen many of the animals before or even touched them." said Kindergarten Teacher Rosa Etter. "Some students even said they never knew that chickens had feathers and thought they had fur!"
The Natural Resource Center of Faulkner County also came that morning to teach the students students about cows and the milking process, and how milk is used. They brought a life size dairy cow that the students were able to use to practice milking.
Kindergarten Teacher Stephanie Lieblong summed up the day this way: "This day took a great deal of time to organize, but it was well worth it when I heard the students' comments after seeing the animals."
The Farm Day is a part of implementing the new social studies standards this year, that include identifying where products used in daily life are produced, and identifying and discussing human, capital,and natural resources.