Hi and welcome to March!
HomeSchool had a wonderful week. We began our 5-week study of birds by learning what makes a bird a bird and discovering just how far a bird can migrate. Each student received their bird migration take-home project. We painted actual duck decoys to look like several species of ducks.
We hiked to Quiet Corner with Prancer. Ki Erin brought a Russian tortoise and a bearded dragon for us to see and learn about in Creature Feature. We continued to practice with the other Grades students our movements and timing for the Maypole Dance. We'll be performing this Friday, May 3rd. The older HomeSchool students worked with Upper Grades to build marble mountains as a team building activity.
Next week we will celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday and Elsu's 12th birthday on Thursday! Elsu is baking brownies to share with everyone. We will take our newly painted ducks outside to see how they look floating on the pond. We will learn about Great Blue Herons, how they catch their fish and how they build their nests. We will paint a rain barrel to sell in the silent auction at the spring fundraiser next Saturday, March 9th.
Each student has received the name of a champion bird migrator and 3 sheets of masterbook paper. Here are instructions for your bird migration take-home project.
1st piece of paper: draw and color your bird (may use crayons, colored pencils, watercolor, acrylics, or colored chalk).
2nd piece of paper: write a few fun facts about your bird (it's size, it's coloration, what it eats, how it catches it's food, wing span, how many miles it migrates each year, it's summer/winter migration path, if it is endangered or a species of special concern).
3rd piece of paper: draw a map of the area it travels and color your bird's migratory path on the map).
On Tuesday, March 12th, we will present our birds to the class. Each student will be expected to trace their bird's migration path on the class globe.
Be sure to bring with you each week: tennis shoes, rain boots, thick socks for the rain boots, extra socks, and pants to change into after our wet and muddy outings.
Quote from a child: "After I touched the bearded dragon, all the fear I felt just went away. Look at me. I'm not afraid!"
Quote from Maryann Coalmano Love: "I am your parent, you are my child. I am your quiet place, you are my wild."
Enjoy the daffodils,