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During School Board Recognition Month this October, we would like to thank the members of the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for their service and all that they do for BOCES and our students! Thank you to: Daniel LaLonde, Thomas Shypski, Jack Bono, Ronald Loiacono, Janine Lynch, William Miller, James Schmid, Michelle Szarek, Linda Tharp and Daniel Voce!
Kindergarteners learn about farming, language development
through art project, visit from local farmer

Dec. 15, 2014

Kindergarten students with their farm projects at Herkimer BOCES
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES special programs kindergarten students created three-dimensional models of farms through a collaborative effort by kindergarten teacher Colleen Block and art teacher Meghan Pagano. The students are pictured here from left to right next to some of the farm displays they made: Ashley Clements, Ben Farr, Meghan Boepple, Julian Litz, Michael Guyer, Connie Bruce, Michael Robinson and Christian Oord. Absent from photo: students Noah Pierce and Dakota Suhocki.


HERKIMER – An interactive farming unit helped Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES special programs kindergarten students with language development by increasing their vocabulary, exposing them to the concept of a farm and having them participate in a hands-on experience building a farm art project.

During the unit, students made books about farm animals, listened to and watched videos on farm life, sang “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” recited poems, identified the names of farm animals and their sounds, made three-dimensional farm models as an art project and listened to local farmer Henry Creater, who visited the class as a guest speaker.

“Students were given the opportunity to see, touch and feel what a farm looks like and what a farmer does on his farm,” kindergarten teacher Colleen Block said.

The farming unit was a collaborative effort by Block and art teacher Meghan Pagano, and it was taken from the state Common Core module for kindergarten.

As part of creating the farm models, students painted the buildings in art class, and they painted accessories related to farm life – such as tools, barn supplies and people – in social studies class.

In small groups, students had the opportunity to build the parts of the farm, which included the farmhouse, animal barn, barnyard, equipment barn and animal pastures. They labeled the vocabulary related to the farm, and the projects served as interactive tools to help students answer questions about what they learned about farm life. 

During his visit with the students, Creater told them what it’s like to do farming – including working from the early morning to late at night. He also brought pictures of animals from his farm and items from the farm that students could touch and see such as dry silage, wet silage, a chicken egg and a milk sample.


Local farmer talks to kindergarten students
Local farmer Henry Creater speaks to Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES special programs kindergarten students in teacher Colleen Block’s class. Creater talked to the students about farming, shared pictured of farm animals and showed them items from a farm.


Additional photos:

Kindergarten students' three-dimensional farm projects

Kindergarten students' three-dimensional farm projects

Kindergarten students' three-dimensional farm projects

Kindergarten students' three-dimensional farm projects









 
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