5th & 6th Grade Students on The Farm
The 5th & 6th grade students journeyed Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie, NY recently for a 3-day stay. The trip was physically demanding, as well as educational. The farm stresses local production and consumption of foods and the children left the farm with a good understanding of this interesting way of life.
Although the trip was full of exciting challenges and a lot of hard work for the students, they faced their demanding tasks with enthusiasm. Each day began with a 5:45am wake-up call to milk cows and goats and to tend to other chores that needed to be done on a working farm. Students had the opportunity to tend to many farm animal babies, as well. Breakfast was at 8:30am, and after clean-up, there were two hours of activities followed by lunch at noon and then afternoon chores. Students were in charge of preparing and cleaning for all meals. Daytime activities included a fiber and textile lesson, a cow breeding lesson, local ecology, bread baking, and a cheese making lesson. From 3:30 to 5:00pm, the students had chores again followed by dinner at 6:00pm. Evening activities included a hay ride and a camp fire. Lights out at 9:30pm were happily observed by the tired but happy group.
Art & Dance Collaborate
Mead School Curriculum Directors Adam Ellyson (Art) and Alessandra Larson (Movement) collaborated on a lesson for the 1st and 2nd Grade students this week. First, Adam taught the students about the color wheel and had them paint large sheets of paper with colors of their liking. Once the paint had dried the students folded the sheets into fans, stapling one edge and wrapping it with tape to create a handle.
Later in the week, Alessandra talked with the students about the Spanish art of Flamenco Dancing. Alessandra noted that fans are frequently used in the dances and challenged the class to involve their fans as they moved to Flamenco music. Later in the lesson, Alessandra worked with the students on a choreographed dance that they participated in together.
Watch Our Garden Grow!
This week our Bridges group harvested a watermelon that had been growing in our school garden for the past 7 months! Preschool Home Center Director Chris Mutolo helped the children pick the watermelon and then cut it up for snack. The recent cold snap meant that the fruit had to be harvested a bit early but it was still very delicious and enjoyed by all!
Even more exciting is that Chris has recently been approved to expand the size of the garden for next year. This means that students will be able to grow and enjoy even more fruits, vegetables, and plants. Chris will be joined by committed parents on our Garden Committee in this endeavor.