What an exciting morning at The Children's Meetinghouse! One of our teachers surprised our students with some very special visitors...her pet chickens!
At first, the children greeted our guests with a mix of caution and curiosity...
But once the chickens were freely roaming around our playground, everyone started laughing at their funny and energetic behavior.
One chicken even tried to go down the slide. How silly!
Any child who expressed interest was given the opportunity to gently pet the chickens.
Some children learned how to feed the chickens by holding their palms open to offer food. Others held freshly-laid eggs and were shocked to discover that when an egg cracked open, "it looked just like the eggs we buy from the supermarket!" Meaningful, real-life connections like these are one of the many reasons we believe in an emergent, exploratory Early Childhood curriculum.
A few children and teachers felt brave enough to hold a chicken in their arms.
The morning took a particularly exciting turn when a chicken escaped over our fence and had to be retrieved. Never a dull moment around these parts!
Here at TCM, we don't take for granted the fact that our school is located in Concord, MA, a historic, bucolic New England town. This provides us the ability to offer our children a hands-on curriculum immersed in nature and wildlife. Such a gift!
Until next time, Chickens.