Learning with ducks
Holy Cross School class experiences the hatching process.
Eastport, NL - While the New York Zoo had a giraffe, Holy Cross School in Eastport had its ducklings.
The school was live streaming the incubation of Pekin duck eggs being carried out by the kindergarten class. In total, the class got to witness the hatching of four ducks.
This is the second year the class has taken on the project, in partnership with farmers Cindy and Robert Chaulk, of Chaulk’s Heritage Farm in Glovertown.
Teacher Cathy Baker said the Chaulk’s visited the class last month, set up the incubator and have been visiting once a week teaching the students about the different stages of the eggs development. The students would also FaceTime with the farmers about the project.
“It’s project based, play based learning in kindergarten,” said Baker.
And the students were extremely responsive.
“They (were) sat down in front of the incubator for most of the day, ‘looking after the babies’ as they say,” Baker said.
Following the hatching process, the students got to touch and feel, the ducklings, much to their excitement.
“One said, ‘Ooh, he’s like a soft cloud.’ Another said it was ‘like a cotton ball of cuteness’,” said Baker. “Children even sang duck songs to the ducklings, read books to the ducklings in “duck language”, and recorded their experience with writing, drawings and photos during the last 29 days.”
To mark the occasion, family members, staff and students joined in on the visit to interact with the day old ducklings.
The ducklings have since returned to the farm, and the children were sad to see them go, however, it was pointed out by the Chaulk’s that their mama duck is ready to take them into her nest with another newly hatched duckling.
The students were presented with Little Farmer certificates by the Chaulk’s.
“They deserve a huge thank you for all their time, resources, and patience during the course of this project. They answered every question the children had and without them, this experience would not have been as engaging and interactive for the children,” said Baker.
“Bringing community and school together along with providing rich, experiential activities for children is a passion of mine and I believe that children learn a great deal from participating in these types of real life experiences. These are the things that school memories are made of. Children carry these experiences in their hearts for a lifetime.”
In caring for the ducklings, Cindy and Robert Chaulk presented the kindergarten students at Holy Cross School with a certificate for a job well done.
For the last month the students took care of the incubated eggs and recorded the entire experience.
On June 22 the students, under the supervision of Glovertown farmers Cindy and Robert Chaulk, got to touch and hold the ducklings.
Last month kindergarten students at Holy Cross School in Eastport helped hatch Pekin duck eggs.