Yesterday afternoon ended with an exciting visit from the Brookfield Police with their K9 patrol dog, Office Bruno. Officer Bruno is a beautiful German Shephard that follows commands in both German and English. He demonstrated how to detain a criminal and scout out missing objects.
This morning the children made their own edible dog biscuits. We used bread, cheese, a dog bone cookie cutter, and spreadable cheese as "glue" to create these yummy morning snacks.
Today we were visited by Indian Rock Nature Center! Our visitors brought along many interesting animals to share with us. We saw a bunny rabbit, a red-tailed hawk, a bullfrog, a toad, baby chicks, a snake, and a bearded dragon! We learned all about what these animals eat, their habitats, and how some of them use camouflage to protect themselves.
Our other special guest visitors were the Fidelco Guide Dogs! Raven and Kai are two beautiful german shepard dogs that are trained as guide dogs for people in need. They showed us how they can guide and direct people who are blind or have trouble getting around. They were so friendly and sweet!
Today in science, we learned all about our ecosystem. We discussed how both plants and animals help our ecosytem to stay in balance. As a very fun, hands-on project, each child then created their own terrarium! We used plastic bottles, soil, peat moss, pebbles, and water to plant our own marigold seeds!
We can't believe our week of Tails to Tales is coming to an end! We had such an amazing time observing and learning about a huge variety of animals. We learned so much about the importance of protecting these animals in nature, and the amazing ways they can help us!
Yesterday was a very busy, exciting day filled with TWO field trips! Tails to Tales visited the Governor's Horse Guard in Newtown, CT as well as New Pond Farm in Redding, CT. At the Horse Guard, the students learned all about the history of the Horse Guard, the volunteers, and how the horses are cared for. They were also able to visit with and feed many of the horses. At New Pond Farm, the students walked through the beautiful acres of farm land and saw cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, and learned all about bees. We even made our own candles from bees wax! Although it was a very hot summer day, we all had a great time learning and exploring at both field trip sites.
Today at Tails to Tales the students had special visitors from Animal Embassy. Our visitors brought with them chinchillas, tree frogs, a Burmese python, a red-footed tortoise, and many more amazing animals from different countries around the world!
Another special visitor came from Flander's Nature Center today. She taught us all about bees! We learned about pollination and the importance of bees in nature.
In science today, we learned how animals move in nature. We learned about snails and how their slime helps them move more easily. As an exciting, hands-on activity, we made our own slime! The students had an awesome time digging into it. It was messy, but lots of fun! If you would like to experiment with making your own slime at home, here is the recipe: 1 cup corn starch, 1/2 cup of water, and a few drops of food coloring. Slime away!
Parent Reminders: Please take a moment to fill out your Parent Survey that was sent home with welcome materials. Also, please remember to have your child wear sneakers tomorrow!
Day two of Tails to Tales is busy with animal fun! We started the day with edible science - creating our own snacks: Fish in the Sea. Using rice cakes, blue cream cheese, goldfish and raisins (blub, blub!), each child made her/his own mini sea. They were delicious and fun to eat!
Fur, Feathers and Beyond visited us today. Mr. DiBella brought different kinds of ducks and birds from around the world to teach us about these interesting feathered friends. The children loved the parrot that said hello to them! Ask your child why some birds have curved beaks while others have straight beaks.
Rowanwood Farms was another special guest today! The children loved seeing the two goats that visited. They enjoyed petting the goats, and learning about the goat fibers, goat milk, and milk products.
The children learned all about owls today in science! We learned about their prey, how they hunt, and how they digest their food. Then each child worked with a partner to dissect an owl pellet! It was really exciting to discover hidden animal bones in each owl pellet and use the bone chart to figure out what animal the owl had eaten.
Yesterday, we ended our day with some VERY special guests. We were lucky enough to be visited by the Wolf Conservation Center from Salem, New York! Atka the wolf, and Nakai the wolf pup came to visit us and teach us all about wolves. We can't wait to see what else is in store for the rest of our week here at Tails to Tales!
Tales to Tails is off to a great start! We are having an excellent time learning about different animals. Andrew Simmons visited us with an assortment of interesting creatures! We saw a young American alligator, a golden eagle, a Burmese Python, an alligator snapping turtle, and even a ring-tailed lemur.
Norwalk Maritime Center also visited and brought an assortment of sea creatures from Long Island Sound. We all had fun learning, observing, and touching these animals!
Today in science, we learned how mammals digest their food! Ms. Tracy taught us all about the digestive system and how important food is to humans and other animals too. We then got to experiment by doing a hands-on simulation of the mammal digestive system! Using knee high stockings (as the esophagus), the children squeezed bananas and graham crackers (food digesting) all the way through the digestive system! We used water to help the food through the track, just like we do when we eat. It was messy, but lots of fun!
We made a special snack today: Banana Caterpillars! We learned about butterflies, moths, and caterpillars, then created our own edible ones to eat! They were delicious, and adorable!
Please look out for an important notice coming home with your child today! It will inform you of some updates as well as provide you with more information about our Field Trip on Wednesday. It is attached here as well.