Category Archives: Early Enrichment

Early Enrichment #40: Mary DID Have a Little Lamb!

Everyone knows the nursery rhyme “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” but you probably didn’t know this was based on true story!!

The nursery rhyme, which was was first published in 1830, is based on an actual incident involving Mary Elizabeth Sawyer, a woman born in 1806 on a farm in Sterling, Massachusetts. Spoiler: its fleece WAS white as snow.

Birthplace of Mary Sawyer and the Little Lamb

In 1815, Mary, then nine, was helping her father with farm chores when they discovered a sickly newborn lamb in the sheep pen that had been abandoned by its mother. After a lot of pleading, Mary was allowed to keep the animal, although her father didn’t hold out much hope for its survival. Against the odds, Mary managed to nurse the lamb back to health.

“In the morning, much to my girlish delight, it could stand; and from that time it improved rapidly. It soon learned to drink milk; and from the time it would walk about, it would follow me anywhere if I only called it,” Mary would later write in the 1880s, many decades after the incident. And, yes, the lamb would indeed follow her wherever she went and did have a fleece as white as snow.

Sometime later, Mary was heading to school with her brother when the lamb began following them. The siblings apparently weren’t trying very hard to prevent the lamb from tagging along, even hauling it over a large stone fence they had to cross to get to Redstone School, the one-room schoolhouse they attended. Once there, Mary secreted her pet under her desk and covered her with a blanket. But when Mary was called to the front of the class to recite her lessons, the lamb popped out of its hiding place and, much to Mary’s chagrin and to the merriment of her classmates, came loping up the aisle after her. The lamb was shooed out, where it then waited outside until Mary took her home during lunch. The next day, John Roulstone, a student a year or two older, handed Mary a piece of paper with a poem he’d written about the previous day’s events. You know the words (except maybe for the 3rd verse):

Mary had a little lamb;
Its fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rule;
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out;
But still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about
Till Mary did appear.

Watch the video below to hear the tune that goes along with the words above.

Now, here’s your task:

Write your own words to go with that tune in the style of the poem above.  Submit your poem to the EY coordinator at your school!

Early Enrichment #38 Create your own National Day

Did you know that November 3rd

is national sandwich day?

December 7th is national letter writing day,  and January  7th is national bobblehead day.

Click on the red link for each these days and write a few sentence telling us about each


What day do feel deserves to add to the list of national celebrations?

Pickle day? It’s observed on November 15.

How about National fuzzy sock day? It’s a day people celebrate it on December 21st!

What would be a day that you would LOVE to celebrate? Start brainstorming. Create a list of 10 days that you would enjoy having as special days on the calendar.

After you create your list, choose your very favorite day. Create your own informational apple clip project about your day.

Include this information:

The name of your day

3-5 facts about your topic

How we can celebrate this day?

Why it is important enough to be a national day?

Add color and illustrations to your clips.

EXTRA: Do research to find out if your day is already celebrated. If so, add that date to your clip project.

Share your project with your teacher or the EY coordinator in your building.






Early Enrichment #37: Shark Teeth and Shark Rules

There are so many cool facts about sharks to learn.  There are a also so many rules for sharks to follow at school.
                        What!? Sharks at school?
Get out your notebook and dive into this mini shark lesson.
1. Please read this Wonderopolis article about sharks and take notes.
Please record at least 4 ideas and/or drawings from the article in your notebook.
2. Listen to the book Clark the Shark

Write down all of the rhymes that Clark creates in your notebook.
You should have at least 4 of Clark’s rhymes written in your notebook when you are done.
Your assignment
Create 3, 4 or 5 of your OWN rhymes that would teach Clark how to behave at school and follow school rules. Write or type your rhymes and share them with your teacher. 

Early Enrichment #36: Sign Language

Do you know sign language?  Can you spell your name in sign language?  The next 5 Early Enrichment Mini Challenges will help you to learn how to sign your name, common requests, and more!

Week 1:  Animals

After watching the videos, you can…

  1. create a video of yourself doing 5 animal signs.
  2. work with a partner (if it’s OK with your teacher) and create a video of 10 animal signs.
  3. make a class video where each child does a different animal sign.

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Early Enrichment #35: Animal Enrichment

Did you know that you are not the only person that gets to do enrichment activities?

Animals do too!

At our very own Henry Doorly Zoo, zookeepers make fun activities for animals to do! Hear from our zookeepers to learn about animal enrichment. (Link to video above)

 Checkout some of the fun activities animals get to do at the zoo.

It may look like they are just playing or eating, but these activities actually challenge the animals brains and get them moving around. Make a ChatterPix to share what you learned about an animal and what they do for enrichment.

Share with your teacher and the EY Coordinator at your school.

Early Enrichment # 32: Creative Writing

Creative writing is a type of story telling where the author’s purpose is to:

  • entertain
  • foster artistic expression
  • explore the functions and values of writing
  • stimulate imagination
  • clarify thinking
  • search for identity
  • learn to read and write

This week, we are going to be practicing our creative writing skills, by telling some important Thanksgiving stories. Choose a prompt below and get creative! 

Disguise a Turkey

How to Cook a Turkey  

Turkey Trot

Early Enrichment #31: Math Challenges 2

Math Olympiad is back! 

Last year, there was  an Early Enrichment post calling students to become a math olympiad. If you haven’t checked out that post, click here!

Here are six new challenges to complete!

1). The three McMath sisters Amy, Betty and Cindy wear different color skirts to school. Their skirt colors are red, blue and yellow. Amy’s skirt is not red and not blue. Betty’s skirt is not blue. What color of skirt does each girl have on?

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2). Calculate the following :

999 +  99 + 2 =

998 + 998 + 4 + 9 + 9 =


3) Subtraction: Fill in the blanks:

67                                               52

–   ________                      –  __________

42                                               20

95                                              94

–   ________                      –  __________

24                                               32


4)Three kids eat 1 apple each at the same time. It took them 3 minutes to eat them. How many minutes does it take for 6 kids to finish eating 6 apples?  (Each kid eats 1 apple.)

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5) Bob likes to skip stones at the local pond. He collected 15 rocks and separated them into 5 piles. Each pile has a different number of rocks. How many rocks are there in each pile?


*Questions from Math Top 10 

Turn in your work to your EY coordinator to have it checked.