ROSELLE, NJ - Learning is hands-on at St. Joseph the Carpenter School. Pre-K students got to experience a slice of farm life as they hatched 11 ducklings from Quiver Farm and learned about growing crops and caring for animals with a trip to a farm.

For four days in October, students took turns rotating the duckling eggs and adding water to the incubator.  Some students were lucky enough to see the ducklings break through their shells.  The students held and fed their fuzzy little friends.  According to teachers at the school, their favorite part was watching the ducklings dive and swim in their classroom wading pool.

Later in the month, students took learning beyond the walls of the classroom at Happy Day Farm in Manalapan, where they learned about growing crops and caring for farm animals.  

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Each child chose a pumpkin of their own to bring home, and the class selected a perfect pumpkin for the classroom.  Over the next few days, students used yarn to estimate the circumference and compared the weight of the pumpkin with other items in the room.  

The students played with sensory language as they scooped out the pulp and seeds, and they helped to carve a jack-o-lantern. 

Staff members said at the end of the month the students celebrated their efforts with freshly roasted pumpkin seeds.

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