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 .

Ben Marion logo

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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.


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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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Static Electricity, it makes your hair stand on end!

Static - Will Rooker


“You walk across the rug, reach for the doorknob and……….ZAP!!! You get a static shock.

Or, you come inside from the cold, pull off your hat and……static hair!!  The static electricity makes your hair stand straight out from your head.

What is going on here? And why is static more of a problem in the winter?

To understand static electricity, we have to learn a little bit about the nature of matter. Or in other words, what is all the stuff around us made of?”



Today, our friends in Mr. John’s Science Activity learned about Static Electricity.  Using a balloon, a rug, some PVC pipe, and a few other unique tools, they were able to experiment with what it is and how it works.  The expressions on their faces; the sounds of joy, fascination, and disbelief; along with the exclamations when they heard the ions pop and felt the charge neutralize were proof that hands-on science is the way to get them involved in learning about the world around them.

For some other simple activities to try at home, check out:  http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/26688/static-electricity

Static - with Jack H & Candler D

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HH Express

At Haverty Hollow we believe that the benefits of the train table are similar to building with blocks.

  • It requires both gross and fine motor skills.
  • It can be utilized by individuals and/or groups.
  • All ages enjoy discovering the different shapes and directions of tracks that are available.
  • The only limit to your creation is your imagination…

On Friday morning a small group of boys, of different ages, found the train table the place to be.  It was decided that the train should go ‘ round and round and round’ as it rode around the train table.  Working together the boys discussed what they wanted to do, found the necessary pieces, made adjustments as necessary, and built something together.


Then, the challenge was to see how long they could make a train that could take all the circles, turns, and hills without falling over or breaking apart.

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On Monday, October 13, Haverty Hollow hosted a Holiday Fun Day for students that were out of school for Columbus Day.

Several friends chose the science activity with Lisa Haverty to learn about the properties of air.  Here, they are experimenting with the parachutes they made out of plastic grocery bags and wooden beads.  With the bead as a weight, the bag fills with air and drops slowly to the ground like a parachute.

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Building Play at HH

An amusement park with a roller coaster

An amusement park with a roller coaster

Building Play with Mr. John has become a regular activity at Haverty Hollow.  It is a favorite among all ages and if you ask any of the participants they can quickly tell you that there are 4 Rules:

  1. No knocking anyone’s building down.  You will have to help rebuild it.
  2. No throwing the blocks.  This includes anything that can launch the blocks into the air.
  3. Everybody has to help clean up.
  4. Have Fun!!

Scholastic. com recently published an article on the importance of block play and how it helps with early childhood development.  It lists that the benefits include spatial reasoning, imagination, vocabulary, and creativity.  Mr. John encourages students to build whatever they can think of using the blocks that are available.  At the end of the activity, each student is asked the name of their creation and what purpose it serves, if any.  At them very end, students get to use as much energy and enthusiasm to knock down their creations as they used to build.  Sometimes students choose to build together and sometimes on their own, but always learning from free exploration and benefiting from the value of play.


A resort with palm trees around the pool

A resort with palm trees around the pool


A cabin with a fire in the fireplace

A cabin with a fire in the fireplace

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Tumbling at Haverty Hollow

Balancing   Tumbling at Haverty Hollow is an activity that involves moving, rolling, jumping, using the ‘cheese mat’, balancing, and taking turns, all with lots of energy!

Our friends love the opportunity to move around the tumbling equipment, testing themselves and their skills.  Tumbling gives them the chance to develop gross motor skills and enjoy good exercise, all in the name of play.

                               Tumbling fun

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Friendship Club Cleans Nancy Creek Portion

On Thursday, May 2, the 4th & 5th grade Friendship Club completed their community service project by cleaning a section of Nancy Creek.  With guidance from Jessica Sterling of the Chattahoochee Riverkeepers,  http://www.chattahoochee.org/index.php , Lisa, John and these students walked along the creek bed picking up trash and learning about how to care for the water in our area. They had a lot of fun, too!

Regular members of this Friendship Club are:

  • Alison Christmann-Vener
  • Ruslan vanKesteren
  • Honor Crandall
  • Grace Vigtel
  • Malia Everett
  • Henry Leusink
  • Ford Stratton
  • Emily Noah

Creek Walk May 2 Creek Walk May 3 Creek Walk May

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