Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Last Day of Workshop #1!

Today, we wrapped up our Guardian Workshop with the review of each guardian animal. We also learned about electric fences and how we use them here on the farm. The students learned the basics of electricity, and even made their own circuit! We talked about voltage, insulators, and conductors, and how they apply to keeping our fences in proper working order. The class helped me check the voltage of the fences using a voltage meter. Since the grass was so wet, there were many things along the fence line that were draining the charge today. The class was able to walk with me, testing the fenceline in different places, and moving wet grass and weeds out of the way to see the voltage increase. The kids also spent some time loving on the donkey and goats!   

At home, the kids came up with ideas for superheroes using our guardian animals. Today, they took the superheroes and made stories using comic strip template.  They used pictures and word bubbles to create their own comic strips. This was a great way for the younger kids to make picture stories with few words while the older children could make full comic strip stories!  In art, Ms. Nancy and the class finished up their guinea projects. They also began a mandala activity, creating a circular farm design. 
For students in the younger class, many are still learning the ropes on being in a classroom environment.  As homeschoolers, classes aren't something everyone is used to!  I am using this class to help them understand classroom boundaries and rules, and more importantly, why these rules and boundaries are needed!  As a teacher, I know that having a group of children that can hear you speak, stay safe while outdoors, and follow directions during an activity is needed to help classtime to go smoothly.  It's hard to learn anything when students around you are unable to control their bodies or volumes.  As a mom, I know that at this young age, it is developmentally appropriate to want to explore your surroundings, share your thoughts, and PLAY!  I am going to work with this younger class to help them understand the value in a little structure... while showing love and keeping my "Stress Free Zone" atmosphere!  (Because no one can learn if they are stressed out!)

It's time for a short break, and we will be back for another workshop at the end of October!  This will be the Wednesday before Halloween, so feel free to wear costumes if you'd like!

Piggy-Football!  Run that apple straight to the end zone!

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