Featured Project: Birds

birdfeeder2Toddler A students are enjoying exploring birds during our “What Makes a Bird, A Bird” project. Ms. Meredith observed the students’ interest in these animals and began our exploration of red and blue birds. “Do you see or hear any birds?” “What do birds eat?” “Where do birds live?”

The students became interested in birds when they observed them on nature walks and from inside the classroom. The class then explored the physical and anatomical properties of these animals and completed various projects to enhance their understanding.

The students continue to expand their vocabulary of concepts and words relating to birds including beak, fly, feathers, red, blue, and even cardinal! It is so wonderful to see and hear the students growing in their appreciation and understanding of birds! The students still run to the windows and get so excited when they see their “birdie” friends! As one of our authentic creations for this project, students created class bird feeders by rolling pinecones in sun butter and birdseed to provide food for the birds.

birdfeederThe birdfeeders were a huge success and attracted more birds for observation. With spring just around the corner, the Toddler A students are now able to see new species of birds migrating to our area. There are several blue birds, cardinals and black birds.

The students created their own renditions of the birds using clay, feathers and various paints. “What textures should we add to replicate the bird’s feathers?” “What colors do you want to add to your bird?” The children enjoyed personalizing their birds and even created individual birdfeeders to take home. This project has been a huge success!

As the class continues to explore birds, they will begin to investigate the various colors and textures, which make these animals so unique. The Toddler A students are engaging in incredible dialogue about these animals and are looking forward to increasing their vocabulary and understanding in future projects!

Featured Teacher: Meredith Baird – Toddler-A Lead Teacher

m-bairdCollege of Charleston graduate and Mount Pleasant native, Ms. Meredith fell in love with Children’s Discovery Center when enrolling her 1-year-old daughter. “God’s timing and an incredible dose of fate are what motivated me to change careers and begin working as a lead teacher at CDC.”

Her career change may come as a surprise to many. “Before transitioning to a toddler teacher, I spent five years working with active older adults at Franke at Seaside. The median age of my residents was 81 so I am definitely on the other end of the spectrum now!”

Spending time in nature and taking walks is Ms. Meredith’s favorite activity to share with her students at CDC. “So many times our lives tend to be full of things to do which enables us to slow down and appreciate God’s beautiful creation surrounding us. Watching the students explore and have novel experiences is such a gift.”

Meredith’s favorite part about working at CDC is sharing everyday with her wonderful coworkers and students. “Starting each day with a grateful heart and having the opportunity to positively impact the lives of CDC children makes every day my favorite.”

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” is the attitude Meredith brings to CDC and her everyday life. “Each day, I strive to positively impact the lives of others and make a difference.”