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What Can You Expect When Farmer John Brings

"The Farm"

to Your School?

Farm music sets the atmosphere as the children are being seated in rows on the floor in front of the animals and props. After the introduction by the host school, Farmer John introduces his faithful companion, Smudge the farm dog.  They discover that nearly all of the food they eat comes from the farm. They learn what grain is, and that straw is the stem from the wheat plant. They learn that animals sleep on the straw and eat the hay.

Next, Goofy the goat is brought out of her fence and jumps onto the milking stand. It's time to milk the goat! Farmer John uses this opportunity to explain more about dairy animals. Students learn that dairy cows eat 70 pounds of food a day, which enables them to produce 10 gallons of milk each day. In spite of this large consumption, dairy cows stay bony except for their big stomachs...four stomachs to be exact. Later the students will see the four stomachs of a calf with the help of Farmer John's make believe x-ray machine. Farmer John selects a "farm hand" from the audience to milk the goat, while Smudge the farm Dog waits patiently for any milk that is squirted his way.

Throughout the assembly, in addition to the live animals, Farmer John uses poster size pictures and refers to the 10ft. x 16ft. farm scene backdrop. This helps the children become familiar with the things on the farm that couldn't be brought into a school. Some of the photos are baby pigs nursing, a wheat field, a draft horse and a photo of ten gallons of milk so they can visualize just how much milk a cow produces.


Forty minutes later, the students have seen a live goat, a pig, a miniature horse, a sheep and a calf. They have seen yarn being made from sheep's wool. They have learned interesting facts about animals. They've come to understand that farmers know exactly what they're doing, in fact, many go to college to learn about farming. And, they learn that farmers work hard for 12 to 17 hours a day.

The children are invited to spend the last 15 minutes of the hour-long assembly petting the animals.

By the end of Farmer John's presentation, kids will feel as if they have visited the farm. They've learned a lot of farming information. They may have touched a pig's nose for the first time. And they have become aware of our farming heritage.

"Your warm personality with the students was just great and your presentation was very appropriate for our K-2nd graders. Our teachers were amazed just how much the students retained when they later discussed the animals. I feel this was entirely due to the terrific way you presented the information. We have highly recommended you to other schools in Muskegon and our district. Keep up the good work!"

­Gerald Brichan, Principal, Reeths-Puffer Elementary School, Muskegon, MI

"My third grade daughter talked more about your program than any other, all year."

 

­Debby Nyholm, Treasurer, Parent Organization, Bobcean Elementary, Flat Rock, MI

"We had visited a farm last year and truly enjoyed, but you reached more children and gave much educational value to your program."

 

­Ruth Carlson, Kindergarten Teacher, Kentucky Elementary School, Cleveland, OH

"Wonderful presentation- very appropriate for our K-1 students. It held their attention and interest for the full 45 minutes!"

 

­Bill Rich, Principle, McFall Elementary, Middleville, MI

"Really great program! Just the right mix of content and humor, appropriate to elementary school."

 

­Mary Davis, Secretary, Sevenson Elementary School, Southfield, MI

"Excellent Program! Well organized and presented."

 

­Marilyn Freeman, Assistant Principal, Pennsylvannia Elementary School, Muskegon, MI

"One of the best performances we've had at our school!"

 

­Karen Majeske, Teacher, Paul Dunbar Elementary School, Cleveland, OH

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