One of the educators from the Fairfield Audubon Center visited our class recently for a lesson on animals in the wild. Before she arrived, we made predictions about which animals she might bring with her for us to touch and observe. Guesses ranged from giraffes to cats and while neither of those were part of the visit, we were thrilled to see an owl, a rabbit, a salamander, a hissing cockroach and a tortoise up close. We learned that when wild animals visit our classroom it is important to be gentle and not too loud. Our parents will be excited to learn that we can visit our new friends, including that hissing cockroach, by going to the Audubon Center anytime we want!
Today the PreK-3 students and 8th graders came together for a special music class. We started the class with eighth grade students reading the book, My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, to the younger students. The three-year-olds loved how the 8th graders made the book interesting with their dramatic reading! After reading the book, the 8th graders prompted the PreK-3 students with questions about colors and feelings. “How do you think the author of the book was feeling when he had a brown day?” “How was he feeling when his day was orange?” The 8th graders shared their color feelings with the class as well. Then we listened to four different pieces of music. Some were upbeat and energetic, and some were quiet and slow. The 8th graders worked alongside the PreK-3 students to choose colors and shapes to show how they felt while listening to the music. It was a wonderful way for the students to reflect on how music can make you feel so many different ways!
The children loved learning about the great American artist who made a circus out of wire. We all tried to make something and included our moms and dads in the homework process. We had lots of pictures of mobiles and stabiles that were as big as our houses. We saw a short film about Calder where he himself worked the circus he made many years ago. We all tried to make our very own stabile to take home and remember this great artist. We hope you like them!
Our kindergarten thespians have been learning about friendship. We have been reading and writing stories about being good friends and learning how to navigate sometimes difficult interactions with friends. The kindergarteners were thrilled to visit the PreK-3 and PreK-4 classes and demonstrate what they have learned. We performed several skits modeling what good friends do. The scenarios involved sharing, taking turns, helping, working cooperatively and even standing up for a friend. It’s hard to tell who enjoyed the show more – the audience or the actors!
A speaker from the Fairfield Audubon came and spoke to our class about trees that do not shed their leaves annually. We took a tour of our campus and found trees and shrubs that were still green and had a wonderful scent. We looked at about four different kinds of trees and sorted the branches. We discussed the needles, how some are long some short, and the little pine cones on the branches. The interesting part came when we laid on a big piece of white paper and created a life-size tree of ourselves. We used branches from a white pine tree to “slap” green paint all over papers. The bark was created out of torn brown construction paper. How do you like them?
We learned so much about the first people who lived in the Fairfield area many years ago. We talked about how Native Americans dressed in animal skins to stay warm, lived in structures like tepees, got their warmth from fire, hunted for food at the beaches and probably ate buffalo. We watched a few videos on the first Native Americans and tried a few things out for ourselves. We spent a day examining live fish, clams, crabs, lobsters and mussels. Then our chef cooked them all up for us with a delicious sauce. We took the leftovers and buried them in the woods by the brook as natural fertilizer and put some marigold seeds on the top. The next day we made a batch of our own “buffalo” stew and corn bread. We cut lots of vegetables and put them in a pot with the buffalo meat and let it cook for many hours. We went outside and sat on logs and played in our tepee while eating our delicious meal.