We’ve been having great fun with our chicks! They are two weeks old now and already have feathers growing in. We’ve learned so much with them: observing and documenting, counting, graphing their colors and comparing quantities, and even with small feathers they can fly enough to jump out of our sensory table. They are now living in a larger bin until they return to the farm on June 1st. Families are invited to visit the farm, say goodbye to our chicks, and enjoy a tour from Farmer Art to meet the rest of his animals. He has some unique heritage breeds. Please see the attached flier or pick one up at school for more information and to RSVP.
The children have enjoyed reading and discussing many themes with chicken stories. “Big Chickens” taught us about feeling scared when our friends feel scared and we discussed things that can make us feel brave. “Rooster’s Off to See the World”, “Pip’s Trip”, and “The Loopy Coop Hens” also taught us about bravery and adventure. We counted to 5 with “Five Little Chicks” and to 10 with “Big Fat Hen”. “Hedgie’s Surprise” taught us about creative problem solving. And we could not have chickens and eggs without reading “Green Eggs and Ham”.

caterpillars

While we continue observing the growth of our chicks and our new bantam hens, we are also exploring new topics in the garden. We have ordered caterpillar eggs and are learning about what they eat and how they grow to prepare for their arrival. The toddlers have been making some wonderful flower and caterpillar projects. In preschool art, we made caterpillar gardens and are counting and comparing the caterpillars in each garden. With the arrival of warm sunny days, we’ve also enjoyed painting on the outdoor easel.

A few notes:

  • Please continue to send jackets or sweaters in case of cooler days.
  • Please be sure your child wears shoes he/she can run around in outdoors.
  • If you have a preferred sunscreen, please send it in with your child’s name on it.
  • Please send in spare clothes with your child. They may be left in his/her cubby or brought in each day. We all have accidents now and then. Water weather is not quite here, but the children are eager and would like to be prepared. They also enjoy the mud whenever it is available.

Thank you for joining us at Ivy Cottage!