Horseback Riding Field Trip

Horseback Riding Field Trip

Our adventure in May was a trip to Flora Lea Farm‘s Kaleidoscope Therapeutic Riding Program. We were more than eager to meet the horses and the people who take care of them. We each took a turn walking Romeo, along the outside track. He and Ms. Barb wanted to show us some of their beautiful land on their Medford farm. Since it was a very hot day, Romeo led us inside to meet his buddy, Scout, a medium sized paint pony. Scout and Romeo loved to be groomed. Ms. Barb taught us some of the proper grooming techniques. She taught us where to stand and which brushes work well on the different parts of a horse‘s body.  We also learned tacking, the proper way to prepare a horse for riding. Ms. Barb showed us how to put on the soft blanket and the fasten the saddle. While we awaited our turns, we learned the different parts of the horse.Then it was off to the races! Teddy Bear, a dark brown thoroughbred, Chief, a large paint pony, and Cash, a chestnut, carefully and sweetly prepared for their riders. One, by one, Ms. Kelly, Ms. Courtney, and Ms. Alex helped us onto our horses. We learned to put our left foot in the closest  stirrup and swing our right leg up and over the horse. Teddy Bear, Chief, and Cash were more than happy to show us around their paddock. We moved them in and out of the cones, and practiced our stretching to improve our core muscles. We let go of the reins to stretch all the way up, and all the way down while we were riding around the indoor ring. Our favorite part was when...
Community Based Instruction Trip

Community Based Instruction Trip

In anticipation of Mother’s Day, all of the lower school students spent the week writing their mothers a letter. At Orchard, we take every opportunity to make writing functional. We also take every opportunity to tie what the students are learning to community based instruction. The kids worked on brainstorming ideas, sketching out rough drafts and writing clean final copies of their friendly letters. Once their letters were ready, they addressed their envelopes. The next step was getting the letters in the mail. Before our trip to the post office, each student counted out coins to pay for their stamp. Together, we walked to the post office in Palmyra, bought stamps, and mailed our letters! The post master was ecstatic to meet all of our students. She asked many questions about our school, the kids, and what we do at Orchard Friends. She was so kind that she shared her phone number with us and told us to come back for a tour. We plan on taking her up on her offer within the next few...
Idiom of the Week at OFS

Idiom of the Week at OFS

by Pam Dougherty Does your child have difficulty understanding figurative language? Children with language based learning differences often do. It is important for every child at OFS to understand idioms and how adults and other kids use them, since they are so common in everyday conversation. Idioms are commonly used phrases that say one thing but mean something completely different. Like “spill the beans”, “piece of cake” or “it’s raining cats and dogs.” Many students at OFS are literal thinkers and find idioms confusing. Each week at OFS we showcase a different idiom. In our morning collection, the entire school gathers and discusses that week’s idiom. To explain it, we act it out, use pictures, tell stories and tie it to real world experiences. Our staff then incorporates the idiom throughout the day in class time, lunch and recess. We help our students  get a grasp on the most used idioms. We work toward making him or her more comfortable in conversations and social situations. They gain a better understanding of what’s really being said. Not only does a better understanding of figurative language improve social situations, but mastering them adds color and interest to writing. By developing a clear understanding of figurative language, students can also further comprehend texts that contain metaphorical and lexical meanings beyond the basic word level. Stop in to see what idiom we are working on this...
OFS Geography Fair March 4, 2016

OFS Geography Fair March 4, 2016

by Pam Dougherty Since the start of school in September, every student at OFS has been learning geography at their own instructional level. Each class started with learning the basics of geography such as land forms, climates, and map skills. The students then moved on to learning about continents, countries, and oceans. As we approached winter break, we incorporated studying various holiday traditions from around the world. Students loved learning about the different stories of Santa Claus, exotic foods, and unique traditions that people have. In January, it was announced that OFS would host a Geography Fair. The students were ecstatic  to show off what they had been learning to their family and friends. This project based activity allowed each student to pick their own country, research it, and use their unique learning style and creativity to present it. For over a month, the entire school community worked enthusiastically on this event. March 4th was the big day, the Geography Fair! Students anxiously set up their tables with tri-folds, some brought picture books, ipads, music, food from their country, clothing, lego models,photos, and items from their travels. A few students who attend OFS have been internationally adopted from places like China, Guatemala, and Kazakhstan. The fair gave theses students the unique opportunity to teach the community about their birth country and culture. Parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors filled our gathering room. The turnout was overwhelming. Each guest “traveled” from country to country with their pretend passport. Students stood proudly by their displays and taught our guests and each other what they had been learning and preparing for all year. We...
Join Us for the 2nd Annual Give Back Brunch!

Join Us for the 2nd Annual Give Back Brunch!

The students at Orchard Friends School are planning our 2nd Annual Give Back Brunch to celebrate the role local first responders and public service personnel play in our community. Invitees include Police, Fire, EMS, Public Works, Municipal, Post Office, Library, and Court personnel from Riverton, Cinnaminson, Palmyra, and surrounding areas. The brunch is scheduled for Friday, January 22nd from 11:30AM to 12:30PM. Visit our webpage www.orchardfriends.org/givebackbrunch or call 856-786-1123 to RSVP or to learn...
Celebrate Local Beer with OFS!

Celebrate Local Beer with OFS!

Join Orchard Friends School for a beer tasting fundraising event at the newest local brewery to in South Jersey! Win a day with the Double Nickel Master Brewer, play Beer Trivia, and much more! When: Friday, February 19, 7 – 9:30pm Where: Double Nickel Brewery, 1585 Route 73 Pennsauken, NJ 08110 (click for map) Tickets: $50 before event, $75 at door Good for 1 flight and 1 pint, plus food. Wine available for non-beer drinkers. Purchase tickets by going to: Doublenickel-ofs.eventbrite.com (pay online, by check, or at the door)      ...