Sunday, February 7, 2016

We Are Stronger Together

This week reminded us about the importance of working together. Since our irrigation system has been installed, we needed to re-string our square foot gardening grids. It would have taken this farmer forever to complete that task, so I took this opportunity to have my student farmers help out. Of course we didn't miss a beat in applying their lessons in class to this project. Kinder friends counted squares, Primary friends found arrays and skip counted (the precursor to multiplication) and Intermediate and Upper friends figured out perimeter, area and volume. Many hands make light work and I was really impressed by the kids and the way that they all pitched in and helped out to get the job done.

Our recently formed 4H Club was invited to the Dallas Zoo to help out in the Savanna. We made enrichment toys for the elephants, buried food for them to dig up, and help make some upgrades in their indoor pens. I think that we all want to be zookeepers now!


Building community and working together, helps us all get the job done and have a lot of fun along the way. We are stronger together!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Last Week in January

 In Texas, we have amazing weather in the winter! It makes living through the blazing heat of August worth the wait. Fifth grade is studying Life Science, so what better way to learn about that topic than being outdoors on the farm. When I walked out to see what they were doing, there was so much focus, concentration and engagement. See for yourself.

We recently added drip irrigation lines to our garden beds, so we had to dig everything up. This week, we got the green light to start working in the garden again. The 1st and 2nd grade friends learned about square foot gardening, grids and multiplication. They worked together to tie off the grids and did a great job. Stop by the farm and see our progress.

Primary Lesson

5th grade Lesson

Sunday, January 24, 2016

What Happens on the Farm Applies to the Classroom

It was a great week on the farm! Almost every grade level participated in science lessons on the farm this week. We are so fortunate to have an outdoor laboratory where kids can connect their learning to the real world. Everyday the kids make connections on the farm and their learning comes alive. 

Kinder learned about rocks this week, but took a quick step out into the cold to check out our lettuce crops.

5th grade is learning about fossils, so we learned about the steps that Paleontologists go through when they investigate layers in the Earth, while making their discoveries.

6th grade stepped out to learn about compost. They compared new compost to completed compost and found some really fascinating discoveries while digging in and working together. 

Mrs. Mabry's class came out to study soil. The kids learned about how it is formed and the ingredients in soil. Then they took their own soil samples from all over the farm to investigate back in the classroom. #CheersToSoil

Our Moss Haven Farmers 4 H Club met to talk about the flock and practice our hen handling skills. They are doing a great job!

The learning and crops keep growing on the farm! Check back next week for the latest lessons.