Lately our Pre K students have been exploring and learning about a lot of different music and instruments. Last week, we learned about the orchestra and all of the different musicians and instruments that are used in it. We watched a video of an orchestra performing and talked about how all the musicians follow the conductor, which helps them to perform as a group. Later we practiced playing as a group and following a conductor using some hand drums!
Farmers for a Day!
We have learned that the holiday of Sukkot is a harvest festival – and what better way to celebrate than to take a field trip to a local, organic, family-run farm? So last week, we all loaded on “Pete Bus” and made our way to Casey Farm in Sauderstown, RI.
When we arrived at the farm, we met Farmer Adam and Beth, an educator at the farm and long-time friend. While we toured the farm and learned a bit about the different vegetables grown there, Beth encouraged us to harvest herbs, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, beans and carrots (a great way to celebrate the harvest festival of Sukkot).
We also met the farm’s pigs, petted a gosling, gobbled at some turkeys, brushed a rabbit (named Licorice) and ground corn to feed to the chickens. We will be returning to Casey Farm in the spring, affording us an opportunity to observe the changes of the seasons (and visit our animal friends again!).