My little people just can’t sit for very long. Last week, during the story-time segment of my nature program I had a very sweet three year old very politely ask me “Can we play another game now?” Admittedly, I was droning on and on (incidentally the program was about bees ; ) We promptly finished up that story and went outside to play another game. This week I read one very short story and let the chickens do the teaching! Here is an idea for you. I do not raise chickens, however, one of my neighbors does. My neighbor “rented” her chickens to me for the day. I had an old rabbit cage and she had the chickens so we were set.
I read the very short and excellently illustrated book: A Chicken’s Life by Nancy Dickmann. The chicken themselves did the rest of the teaching. My little people got to observe ‘Henny and Penny’ clucking, eating, drinking, flapping up close. We left the chickens in their cage. I would recommend that you not let students handle chickens. You could have all sorts of problems with pecking (it hurts!), scratching (this also hurts), and concerns with salmonella. I would keep chickens away from any food areas also. So…a lesson learned for me – sometimes it’s just time to shut up and let a chicken teach your class!