We’ve had an exciting, action-packed start to 2020, and the Academy Students find new ways to impress us all with their heart and spirit every day. Here are some of our favorite highlights from the past couple of months.
Baby Season on the Farm
With 22 lambs, Academy Students were lucky enough to witness multiple live births! Students had a front row seat as a ewe delivered 2 lambs, with another to follow later. We are grateful to Kathleen, Jessica, and Alan for allowing students to be a part of this event. They continue to capitalize on the teachable moments in these situations, entertaining insightful questions, providing commentary, making connections, and inviting students to be active participants in the natural occurrences on the farm. Authentic learning of this type is impossible to find in any other space. We are SO lucky to be able to learn here every day.
Since then, we have transitioned from lamb season to “kid” season… The baby goats are here! Bowers students again have the opportunity to be involved as babies continue to join our Bowers Farm community. Several students have taken a special interest in this aspect of the farm, and have done an excellent job embracing daily life and responsibilities here. Every day, we continue to be impressed by the authentic learning that happens here, and the commitment and responsibility that the students embody. As additional kids are born, students look forward to more opportunities to engage in live births and bottle feed the newborn kids.
Cardboard Sled Races
On February 9th, Bowers Farm hosted the 1st Annual Cardboard Sled Race! Bowers Academy Students worked hard to create sleds utilizing cardboard, duct tape, and paint. The sleds were quite impressive! The students designed a #1 Pencil Sled for me, and a Barnyard Bobsled for Farm Director Alan. Academy Students volunteered their services at the concessions stand inside the FAB and enjoyed sledding on the hill. It was a great event all around, and students are already brainstorming ideas for next year!
On Wednesday, February 5th, Academy Students visited Way Elementary to read together, do crafts, and visit with Rockit the farm bunny. Students really highlighted the different dispositions we have been discussing all year long. They were curious, reflective, independent, responsible, caring, flexible, considerate, adventurous, and compassionate risk-takers. This visit surpassed expectations and laid the foundation for a wonderful partnership in the future.
We have embodied community in so many ways in the past couple of months. We wish the images could paint a picture of the magic that unfolded during each of these experiences. We have had such powerful moments together, and there will undoubtedly be more to come.