Woodworking, nature observations, life cycles and community organizing
Young Kindergarten’s observations of a duck nest are interrupted by a raccoon. Students process the loss with poetry.
Young Kindergarten begins a lesson on woodworking.
The initial bangs of the hammer offer lessons in fine motor skills, as well as turn-taking, listening to instructions, patience and resilience.
Young Kindergarten has tackled some basic three-dimensional designs - benches, boxes - and they are ready for more.
Mr. Terry brings them a kit for a duck nesting house they can build together.
Young Kindergarten thinks carefully about the pond landscape: what a duck needs, and where the nesting house might go undisturbed by predators - and by student explorers.
The students know that a duck family might lay eggs several times during a single spring, so they are optimistic about the possibilities.
The class is happy to have performed this service for the community, and they have a request of the community in return: If you see the duck box, please leave it alone, and please don’t share the location with young students who might not be able to resist exploring the box for themselves!