What is a farm? Why are they important? What might it be like to work on a farm? All of these questions were explored during farm week in our classroom. I believe the most popular activities of the week were the hands-on ones like "Bessie" our hand crafted milking cow. She started out as nothing but an abandoned table in the garage next door, but a little bit of TLC turned her into a pretty brown and white cow, complete with 4 udders to milk! Getting the milk into the buckets proved to be a challenge as children tried to master the technique of squeezing and pulling. Other favorites included making butter in baby food jars, corn painting, and the body game of "form the (insert farm animal)" that teacher Savannah led where the kids formed their bodies into cows, pigs, bunnies, and even corn!
Alia Laack is a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher who runs the Early Childhood Education program at Century High School, including the Little Jags Preschool.