A Trip to Rosharon, Tx

This year’s summer program (A City for Wildlife) focused on the study of 3 birds. The goal behind this program was for the children to understand the purpose behind the project and why the title was named what i was.

All of the children participated with Farmer Mike in hatching the native birds and understanding the life cycle of these animals. We spent a lot of time understanding what a natural habitat was and the importance of conserving them in our ecosystem.

The older group went to Rosharon, Texas to participate in the release of Bob White Quail in its natural habitat.  The quail that we hatched in our school went to a surrogator that is placed in the natural habitat.  A surrogator serves as a “surrogate parent” by providing food, water, shelter and warmth for the first 4 to 5 weeks of the bird’s life.  Once the birds are old enough the door is opened and the birds can move in and out of the surrogator for about a week.  After a week, the door is closed and the birds live completely in the wild.

This was such a great experience for our children to be out in a place like this to see some uninhabited land, and to experience firsthand what it is like to be a part of nature and do something positive for our ecosystem.  Please watch and enjoy……..

Creating a City for Wildlife from Little Wonders Learning Center on Vimeo.

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Tulip Exploration

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For this provocation a single tulip was placed on top of a light table in the infant room.

Each infant that was presented with the provocation was immediately drawn to the flower. With great care, they took the time to feel the petals, explore the stem and leaves, and slowly deconstruct the entire flower.

Please view the link below the watch a beautiful video that describes the individual experiences for these students….

Tulip Exploration

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Creating A City for Wildlife

This project was available to children ages 4 and up.  Three groups were formed.  Group A was the elementary group (children 1st through 4th)

Group B was the prek group (entering kindergarten)

Group C just introduced to preK

Group A Day One:

On our first day, we sat down to discuss the “title” of the program – Creating a City for Wildlife.  Our goal was for the children to understand the purpose behind the project.  Why the title is what it was.

We began by having the children each write the title on paper.  We then asked for meaning…….What is a city?

  • It is where a lot of people live, like a town
  • It has buildings
  • It is loud, you can hear your neighbors and it can be annoying!

What is a habitat?

This was a little more difficult for the children to understand.  At first, we heard “It is where animals live”.  We began to talk about what happens when the habitat is taken away due to the building of a city.

We looked outside of the window and we observed the parking lot, the buildings.  This led to a discussion on how the animals will die if they do not have a habitat.What did the natural habitat of Sugar Land look like before we started building our buildings?

This brought us to looking up the definition on an ipad, and we saw that the definition.




noun: habitat; plural noun: habitats

the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.

We began to focus on the fact that we have lost the natural habitat of these animals. Because the discussion was so rich, we gave the children paper to draw what they thought the natural habitat looked like before our city was built.

Photo Jun 22, 9 47 41 AMThey discussed what animals are native to our city.  Some of the animals they mentioned were alligators, anteaters, various birds, snakes, and monkeys.

We ended by finishing our drawings and then discussing the quail, ducks, and turkeys being native to our area.

Day Two:  We revisited our conversation about a natural habitat.  The children usually say, “It is an animal’s house”,  We are focusing on helping the children understand the difference between a “natural” home and a “man-made” home.  We would like to encourage the children to expand their vocabulary when describing these terms. We visited the incubators to look at the eggs.  We took out the non-viable eggs.  One was a turkey egg, and one was a duck egg.

A asked, “Why are the quail eggs so small?”

This question led us to pulling out the non-viable eggs to compare the different eggs from the different birds.

Photo Jun 23, 9 27 45 AMThe children put the eggs in order from biggest to smallest.  They began to understand that the smaller the egg, the smaller the egg.  They are very familiar with our chickens at the school, and understand that our smaller chickens lay the smaller eggs.  We looked at the finches in the art room to see how small the finch eggs are as well.  The turkey egg wound up being the largest egg (they realized it is the largest bird).

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B and N discussed whether a turkey can fly or not.  And how much a turkey ate.  They researched using the ipad to find out that turkey do fly!  They watched videos of turkeys, and they shared the videos with the rest of the group.

To end the class, we recapped all of the differences between the birds we are incubating.  They broke up into groups to list the specific characteristics for each bird.

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Yellow House Atelier

Students currently enrolled in Little Wonders and The School of Wonders are invited to participate in art classes in the Yellow House Atelier located within Little Wonders Learning Center. We are able to offer certain art classes at a lower cost due to the annual supply fee that each student pays to the school which is partially allocated to The Yellow House Atelier. Our classes are driven and created with the student in mind. Various classes will have a lesson provided and chosen by the instructors. However, at times they will be adjusted for particular students based on the skill level or interest, We believe that every artist is an individual with separate needs and inspiration. We strive to provide a curriculum that will challenge every artist and unlock their individual creativity. The majority of our classes are based on a six week course, one hour a week.

Please click the link below to get view more information :

Yellow House Atelier

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A City for Wildlife

This project was available to children ages 4 and up.  Three groups were formed.  Group A was the elementary group (children 1st through 4th)

Group B was the prek group (entering kindergarten)

Group C just introduced to preK

Group B Inquiry:


We began the program by introducing the children to the incubator.  We observed the incubator and compared the eggs inside of it.

In order to find out if the children had any idea of other birds that might be in the incubator, we asked,

What kind of eggs are in the incubator?

20150622_091734The children replied with:

  • Chicken
  • Hen
  • Rooster
  • (we found that because they are so familiar with our chickens at the school, it was hard for them to associate the eggs with another type of bird.)

20150622_091942We began to discuss the types of eggs we are actually incubating.

  • Turkeys
  • Ducks
  • Quail

We placed photographs and the names of the birds on the table for the children to observe and compare.  As we talked we encouraged the children to say what they knew about the birds.

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  • a kind of bird.

As soon as we began to talk about ducks, the children had so much more to say.  Here are some of the comments we heard:


  • a kind of bird.
  • It’s a sea kind of bird.
  • Ducks eat fast.
  • Ducks hatch out of eggs
  • They are different colors.
  • Ducks swim, another child: NO THEY FLOAT!
  • The pond is their home
  • I see ducks in dirty water.

The children began to discuss when the babies would come out of the eggs.  This provided us with an opportunity to discuss incubation periods for different birds.


“How many days do you think it will take for them to hatch?”

  • QUAIL-20 days
  • Turkey-20
  • Duck- 30

Differences in the 3 types of Eggs in the incubator:

  • They are not the same size. They are tiny because those are big and these are small.
  • The quail eggs are white, and the other eggs are a little bit brown and dirty.
  • They look a little dirty because they were in a nest full of sticks and hay.

We wanted to provide the children with as many opportunities to compare and contrast during this project.  This helped the children create a chart together that showed similarities and differences of the birds.


  • All of them can fly.
  • They all have: beaks, feathers, tails, and feet.
  • They are all birds.
  • They all hatch from eggs.


  • The quail has the smaller beak.
  • The quail has a feather on top.
  • The duck is bigger than the quail.
  • A turkey has a long neck and its red.
  • Their feet are not shaped the same.
  • Quail is smaller.
  • Turkey is bigger.
  • The duck is medium.
  • The quail stands upward.


The children are now becoming familiar with the characteristics of BIRDS.  The main characteristics of birds are:

  1. Feathers
  2. Beaks with no teeth
  3. They lay hard-shelled eggs

They are beginning to understand that all 3 of these birds hatch from an egg.

20150622_095633We asked the children which bird they wanted to draw and write about.   And they all agreed on the quail.  We took time to observe the characteristics and to spell the word quail.




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