Learning came alive...literally...for Kindergarten students at Marguerite Vann Elementary School this week as they got to experience life on the farm!
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.
More than 80 dads, grandfathers, uncles, and other male role models came to Florence Mattison Elementary School this week to say they'll commit to spending some extra time there this school year.
The school held a kickoff event for their "WatchDOG Dad" program.
"WatchDOG" volunteers have the opportunity to provide an extra set of eyes around the school to support safety/security, help teachers with various projects, eat lunch with their child, and help with arrival and dismissal.
This is the school's first year to implement the popular program.
Principal Stacy DeFoor says the "WatchDOGS" are very important in the lives of students.
He was thrilled with the turnout.
"I was overwhelmed by the support during our kickoff," says Defoor. "To me, this signifies the level of commitment that our dads are taking this year to keep our school safe while spending time with their children."
Approximately 200 students brought their "WatchDOGS" to the kickoff. They were fed and served by the school's teachers and PTO moms.
The new "WatchDOGS" signed up for days to volunteer throughout this school year. Florence Mattison has ordered special shirts for them to wear when they serve on duty.
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