This week, we had some very special visitors in the classroom- baby chicks, goslings and ducklings brought by Henry's mom! We spent some time before her visit reading about baby farm animals and talking about how to be gentle around baby animals, and the class did a great job! They were so excited to hear their little sounds and pet their soft fluffy heads. We got to ask some questions about what it is like to raise these animals and take care of them, and it was so interesting getting a look to look at them and notice their differences- we talked afterwards about why some birds have webbed feet and some have clawed feet, and why different birds have different types of beaks, wings, etc. What a wonderful experience this was for the class! Thank you Leah!! :)
We also spent some time getting our hands dirty out in the garden and planting some new flowers- daffodils, hyacinths, and hydrangeas! The weather was fantastically sunny this week, and the class was so excited to have our backyard water features up and running again! They enjoyed using the pump and mud kitchen again, and used the pump to fill up their watering cans and care for our beautiful new flower garden.
We couldn't get enough of the outdoors, so we even brought our snacks and lunches out for picnics, and did some of our reading and singing out in the garden as well! We enjoyed lots of new songs and poems this week (Happy Poetry month)! Here are a few of our favorites:
Tirra Lirra Lirra
In the spring
Orioles and robins
Through the leafy branches
You may hear
Tirra Lirra Lirra
All the birds have come again,
All the birds together.
Hark the warbling, whistling, singing,
Every bird his music bringing,
All the world with song is ringing,
Welcome to the springtime.
A nest is a home for a bird
A hive is a home for a bee
A hole is a home for a rabbit
A house is a home for me
My Lady Spring, she's dressed in green
She wears a primrose crown
And all the little buds and twigs
Are clinging to her gown
The sun shines if she laughs at all
And when she weeps the raindrops fall
My Lady Spring, My Lady Spring
Where are the froggies when the north wind blows?
We do not see them in the ice and snow
Deep deep down in the mud they lie
Little frogs sleeping with tight closed eyes
When the warm spring sun comes up
Froggies wake up and hop about
Oh how happy they will be,
A springtime world they will see!
(The class loved dancing to this song with new words and movements for various hibernating animals. We will try to get a recording next week!) :)
We look forward to another wonderful week ahead!