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.)
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 .
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!
“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.
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.
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.
“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
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…