Greetings and Cool Dog Days of Summer to You! Mr B here and I am looking forward to a great five weeks to make this summer at Kinderfarm one to remember! Our theme for this session is the five senses. We will be taking a closer look at our eyes, ears, nose, mouth and finger tips through the stimulating environment the Kinderfarm campus has to offer.
Eyes — July 17 – 21
Monday – What are our eyes and how do they work? Brainstorming and reading about these magnificent organs.
Tuesday – I spy: Books, Games and Exploration!
Wednesday – We will be taking a closer look with magnifying glasses to better see how lenses work.
Thursday – Watercolored eyes will allow students to study and appreciate the colors in our irises.
Friday – Navigating without sight. . .but with a friend as we traverse an obstacle course on the lawn. We will also be feeling our way through braille.
Ears — July 24 – 28
Monday – What are ears and how do they work? Brainstorming and reading to uncover the world of sound.
Tuesday – Johnson County 4-H fair! What will we hear at the fair??? PM ONLY
Wednesday – Music and Listening: Sound Emission and Reception. We will be listening to recordings and creating our own improvised sounds.
Thursday – Sign Language: We will be discovering how people with hearing impairments can communicate through this unique set of alphabets.
Friday – Animal Ears: Who has the biggest ears on the farm?
Nose — July 31 – August 4
Monday – What is a nose? Why is it separate from the mouth? We will be brainstorming and reading about this most comical feature.
Tuesday – Specialized noses: Elephants, manatees, anteaters and butterflies. We will build proboscices with straws and see what it’s like to have one of these sophisticated snouts.
Wednesday – What do you smell? We will investigate smells and their connections with memory and taste.
Thursday – Who has the best nose for smelling? How smell can be an important defense both for animals and us.
Friday – Who has the biggest nose on the farm? We will have to take a yard stick out for the horses!
Mouth – August 7 – 11
Monday – Our mouth and taste receptors: how we taste and what taste can tell us. We will be doing some introductory reading and brainstorming.
Tuesday – Lips, teeth and tongues – a mouthful of art
Wednesday – Bitter, sweet, sour, salty FLAVORS, tasting, decribing what we like and what we don’t.
Thursday – Taste and smell: How does smell influence taste? We will be doing some deeper, critical thinking about these connecions and revisit our farm friends for some help understanding these separate but intertwined organs.
Friday – Taste v Texture: Smooth as water, crunchy as corn chips. We will discuss how taste and texture are related but different parts of our oral experience.
Touch – August 14 – 18
Monday – How do we feel things? We will be brainstorming and researching about how our nerves transfer signals to our brain.
Tuesday – Temperature: We will experiment feeling warm and cold items and discuss how feeling something can keep us safe.
Wednesday – Texture: Feeling Sensational! We will be exploring and describing a variety of textures with our fingertips.
Thursday – Touching. Music. Instruments. We will be experimenting and investigating the relationship between touching, feeling and playing our unpitched percussion instruments.
Friday – Fire safety Friday! We will be highlighting the usefulness of touch as we extend our discussion from Tuesday to escaping a burning building.
Stay safe out there!