On Tuesday the 11th the animal farm visited Kool Kidz Tarneit. There were Baby pigs, Ducks, Guinea pigs, Rabbits, Lambs, Baby goats, Chickens, Geese and Roosters.
The Honeybees and Snugglepots children were so excited watching the animal farm set up, they were trying to open the door and go out.
Once the farm was set up each room got a turn of going out and joining the animals.
The younger children were a little bit scared at times, especially when the duck started to flap its wings. The children took turns patting and feeding the animals.
The older children were able to discuss the animals and what they were called.
- A baby goat is called a kid
- A baby chickens are called chicks, or pullet’s (young hen)
- A baby roosters are called cockrell’ s
- A baby goose is called a gosling,
- A baby Guinea pig is called a pig or a pup.
- A baby duck is called a duckling.
- A baby pig is called a piglet, shoat, or farrow.
The children discussed what the animals eat and where they live.
The Jitterbug children extended on the animal farm visit by creating a farm area with Hay, animals and a barn.
Links to the Victorian Early Years Learning Frameworks.
Outcome 2: Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active civic participation.
The children were able assist other children to participate in the farm, they were able to remember which children were in their groups and who the Educator was to go into the farm. They showed concern and encouragement, often supporting children who were a little bit nervous about the animals.
Outcome 2: Children become aware of fairness.
The children were able to display turn taking when entering/exiting the farm, the children also were able to monitor and take turns when feeding the animals.
Outcome 4: Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.
The children used their investigating skills to be able to express wonder and interest in their environments. The children looked at the animals and were able to recognise the animals and transfer that into experiences once the farm had left.
Links to the Kool Kidz Curriculum.
My World and the environment: the children were able to recognise the environment of the farm. They sat on the hay bales, and afterwards discussed the environment that animals live in.
My Five Senses: The children were able to use their senses to feel, smell, and see the animals. They discussed what they felt like, weather they have fur or were fluffy or soft. The children discussed the smells in the environment and what they thought each animal smelt like.