Several teachers have approached us at the farm this spring asking about getting fertilized eggs they can use to teach about hatching in their classroom. On this, the first day of spring, it is a perfect time to introduce the teacher/classroom that we will be following through their adventure with this hands-on learning experience.
Meet, Ms. Vice who has three different classes at her school who will be taking care of the eggs and learning about chick development as they grow the baby chicks inside. When our family decided to start the farm, we decided to have a dual focus with our building plan to provide great quality farm products for our community and to help in any way with educating about where our food comes from. This dual purpose has been interesting to navigate as the farm grows. This is another opportunity for extension of the farm to so many students, other teachers, parents, school staff, and parents. We will be sharing special moments of this farm to school adventure. Between this farmer and our amazing teacher, Ms. Vice, you will hear the excitement of this adventure through our thoughts and pictures as we not only note the progress, but the incites discovered by those learning along the way.
There was a ton of learning, a visit by Ms. Vice and her wonderful little boys to the farm, and work put forth in helping to fund the equipment for this experiential learning experience. Long before we heard about Ms. Vice's plans for her classroom, she found, applied for, and received help from DonnorsChoose.org to fund the project. She has a full plan for the entire process from start to finish. The educational components will include animal adaptations, life cycles, and facilitate an experiential classroom lesson to stimulate thoughts and dreams of her students that can extent outside of the walls of the school and the limits of the educational material. Through this multi-targeted chick hatching experience, she has already experienced the pride of students to 'protect' the incubator table space from being disturbed, the responsibility of others to make sure access is available to tend to all the needs along the process, and hear/share questions about this new adventure as an open conversation with the students. One conversation she shared involved a student that was so excited about the project, this student shared they hadn't really told anyone before that they were thinking about wanting to be a veterinarian when they grow up. Another shared conversation is that as they talk through how they will track and check on the process of development as the days pass, the students have now started asking Ms. Vice to check with Farmer Abbie to see what the answer might be. (Ok, if that doesn't warm your heart! I love that kids I have never met now really want to hear from our knowledge of incubating chicks-insert super huge country chic smile!) Now, we all know that we have lots of hopes and dreams throughout our young lives about what our adult life will be, but to me this helps extend students' minds to many more options that might not be already in their experienced world. Anytime our horizons can be extended adds value to the creative and diverse world we live in. Thank you to Ms. Vice for allowing this follow along of your classroom lessons and experience.
Here are the eggs set in the incubator, rotating, at the proper humidity and temperature, being protected by excited and responsible students. Come on little chicks- you have a lot of expectant people on the outside, grow well.