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Easter Fun at Haverty Hollow

Little ones and older children enjoyed making bunnymobiles as a special holiday activity during Easter Week 2017.

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Defenders of Wildlife Thanks HH Friendship Club

Each school year at Haverty Hollow, children in our After School Enrichment Program join in Friendship Club activities. Grouped by age, the children are engaged in activities designed to promote mutual understanding and respect and build a positive regard for one another and their wider community.

Towards the end of the school year, each Club agrees by voice vote on an activity they believe will serve a larger purpose.

Miss Lisa’s Club, made up of our Spring Quarter third, fourth and fifth graders, planned to donate money raised from a car wash at Haverty Hollow to the Defenders of Wildlife. Check out their Facebook posting of the Club’s letters accompanying their donation to the group. The FC members were able to give more than $100 to the organization that helps animals stay in their wild environments.

Ms. Lisa's Friendship Club third, fourth and fifth graders raise money to support the Defenders of Wildlife by giving arriving parents' cars a good wash and rinse on April 20.

Ms. Lisa’s Friendship Club third, fourth and fifth graders raise money to support the Defenders of Wildlife by giving arriving parents’ cars a good wash and rinse on April 20. The Friendship Club raised more than $100 to support the wildlife defense group.

Harrison Leusink and Zara Jenkins display one of the many posters Miss Lisa’s group composed to advertise the Car Wash, 3:30 – 6pm, April 20.

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Remembering Hissy

Fifteen years ago, a stray cat gave us the wonderful gift of baby kittens at Haverty Hollow. The smallest one was the feistiest one, and we named her Hissy. For fifteen years she has brought pleasure and smiles to all of the children who have known her, during the school year and during Frog Hollow Camp. A few weeks ago she became ill. We all hoped she would get better, but unfortunately, she did not make it. Yesterday we had to say goodbye to our sweet girl kitty. She will be missed so much, but will live on in our fond memories. We called her our kitty, but probably she thought of all of us as her humans. But the love between us all was strong! Remembering with love, Lisa Haverty

Fifteen years ago, a stray cat gave us the wonderful gift of baby kittens at Haverty Hollow. The smallest one was the feistiest one, and we named her Hissy. For fifteen years she has brought pleasure and smiles to all of the children who have known her, during the school year and during Frog Hollow Camp. A few weeks ago she became ill. We all hoped she would get better, but unfortunately, she did not make it. Yesterday we had to say goodbye to our sweet girl kitty. She will be missed so much, but will live on in our fond memories. We called her our kitty, but probably she thought of all of us as her humans. But the love between us all was strong!
Remembering with love,
Lisa Haverty
Photo courtesy Denise Aldridge

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Nature Hut Spring Cleaning

Mr. John and Miss Molly joined the forces of our first- and second-grade Friendship Club members this Spring to repair and renovate Haverty Hollow’s Nature Hut. It’s used as a gathering place for our celebrated nature walks and science activities. Mr. John reports lots of cooperation, as “the children have really enjoyed working together” to clear the area around the Hut and line the path to it with stones. Mr. John cut and spliced bamboo the children helped install as new walls for the Hut. (Photo courtesy Denise Aldridge.)

Working on the Nature Hut.

Working on the Nature Hut.

 

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Popcorn for Pets!

The Friendship Club made up of Pre-K, K and First Graders sold enough  bags of 50-cent popcorn April 27 to raise XX dollars for the Atlanta Humane Society.

The Friendship Club made up of Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Graders sold enough bags of 50-cent popcorn April 27 to raise about 40 dollars to donate to the Atlanta Humane Society. Thank you, parents and visitors!

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It’s Springtime at Haverty Hollow!

The lower field is bathed in yellow this time of year. You can see it on your left as you drive in to Haverty Hollow.  Enjoy!

The lower field is bathed in yellow this time of year. You can see it as you look left on your drive onto the Haverty Hollow property. Enjoy!

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Haverty Hollow and The Ben Marion Institute

Once again, Haverty Hollow committed to donating 10% of its proceeds from Drop In care on January 18th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the work that he did.  This year, we had some 50 students with us for Drop In or extra hours which allowed us to donate $240.00 to the Ben Marion Institute for Social Justice.  For more information on The Institute and their work, please visit their website at: http://www.benmarioninstitute.org .

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Welcome Coco to Our Nature Porch

All the animal lovers at Haverty Hollow are excited to welcome our newest addition to the nature porch! Coco is a female chinchilla, about 7 years old, given to us by a former Haverty Hollow participant who fell in love with our other chinchilla, Chichi, years ago, and talked her parents into getting her one of her own. Now Coco needs more attention than the busy owner has been able to provide, and we are happy to take over that job! Coco is very friendly and looks forward to meeting the other animal lovers out there!Touwsmas and Coco

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Folding Paper Cities

“Traditionally, craft activities have been incorporated into early childhood mathematical learning experiences as an effective means of fostering curiosity and interest, and introducing abstract mathematical concepts through the use of concrete materials.  However, in the primary schooling years creative and active mathematical learning experiences often give way to approaches such as computational drills and rote learning which are less than inspiring for students and often do not result in meaningful understanding.  This paper shows that craft activities, in particular paper-folding, can also be valuable in the primary years as a means of promoting affective, behavioural and cognitive engagement in the mathematical learning. ”   Kathy Brady Flinders University  http://www.merga.net.au/documents/RP52008.pdf

On Wednesday, the After School program built an empire!  Several of our friends worked with John on folding and building paper cities with colored construction paper on a cardboard foundation.  They were each given a piece of cardboard for the base and told to have fun.  The finished products were full of creativity and thought as well as logistical thinking.   Studies have shown that origami and paper folding can not only help with the development of motor skills and muscle development, but that it aids in the understanding  and teaching of math, art, and even social studies.

 

An empire of paper cities built by Haverty Hollow students and Mr. John.

An empire of paper cities built by Haverty Hollow students and Mr. John.

Teachers have found that paper folding to helps students develop a better understanding of the principles of Geometry.   “Paper folding can be used in the classroom to introduce the standard results of school geometry, such as the transversal and parallel lines results along with results concerning angles in convex polygons and centres of triangles, for example.  Angle bisectors, midpoints, perpendiculars are all straightforward “constructions” for the paper folder. ”   http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ743584.pdf

No matter what age, paper folding is just plain fun.  If you follow the rules of origami, you can make any number of things from fruit to animals.  If you are more free-spirited, build a paper city and design how the buildings look and the layout of the streets.  The process is creative, educational and fun, and the product will be unique.

http://www.origami-resource-center.com/educational-benefits.html

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Summer Camp Information

Thank you, everyone, for another great year of Frog Hollow and Haverty Hollow Preschool Camp!

Frog Hollow Camp is for children ages 5-10 years old.  The camp is broken down into five, 2-week sessions.  Camp hours are 10:00 am-3:30 pm and the day is broken down into six activity periods.  During these periods the campers get to choose from various activities that are offered such as arts and crafts, cooking, outside games, rope swing, zip line, nature walks, wrestling, carpentry, creative writing, cheer leading, sports, and everyone has a mandatory swim lesson once a day.  Before Camp Care and After Camp Care is offered between 8-9:45 am & 3:30-6 pm for an additional charge.

Haverty Hollow Preschool Camp is located at the Garden Hills Recreational Center.  This camp is for ages 3-5 years old and the camp hours this year will be 9:30 am-2:00 pm.  Campers at the Preschool Camp will choose from a variety of activities throughout the day such as arts and crafts, cooking, tumbling, outside games, drama, music, and an optional swim time.  This camp is broken down into eleven, 1-week sessions.   Before and After Camp Care are not available for HH Preschool Camp.

Early Registration Information will be sent out in mid-January.  Early registration is for currently registered families, past campers, and siblings ONLY.

 

Elias & Bryce creek

Frog Hollow campers on a creek walk

 

Preschool campers exploring their surroundings at Haverty Hills Preschool Camp at Garden Hills.

Preschool campers exploring their surroundings at Haverty Hills Preschool Camp at Garden Hills.

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