In preparation for our focus on trees, our Easel Share prompted children to consider thinking about what trees provide.
WE LOVE TREES: Trees are beautiful, provide clean air and are homes to many critters. Can you think of a critter that lives in trees? Can you think of a fruit you like to eat that grows on trees?
Avery: Pears! Kitties run up trees!
Tennessee: Monkeys! Nuts!
Alta: Squirrels and BANANAS!
Liam: Birds and Oranges
Milo: Termites, apples
Thatcher: Strawberries, warthog
Nate: Birds, oranges, bananas, avocados
Lenore: Squirrels, pears
Beryl: Spiders live in trees, mangos grow in trees
Ezra: Squirrels, birds, apples, bananas
Sahas: Squirrels! Plum!
Drexler: A porcupine and a peach.
Matilda: A cardinal and woodpeckers; bananas
June: Birds, owls
Leo: Lemons, apples, bananas, squirrel
Simon: Squirrel; pear
Milo: Birds! And they lay eggs and Milo loves bananas and apples!
Samson: Squirrels and Apples!
Shoshana: Birds and bananas
We invited a representative from Talk About Trees Oregon Forest Education Program to visit us at circle.
HFP’s nature curriculum mirrors Talk About Trees’ Goals:
- To encourage awareness and appreciation for the value of trees and forests in our daily lives; and
- To encourage an understanding about the protection, management and conservation of the renewable forest.
We could build our own “trees” for snack using pretzels, peanut butter, and grapes.
We went for a walk in the neighborhood, noticing the range of colors with fallen leaves. We matched leaves to their closest paint chip swatch, taping them down to make leaf collages.
We found an ideal climbing tree as well as a tree swing to try out.
Back in the play yard, we have been playing with leaves, wheel-barrowing leaves, jumping in leaves, and raking and cleaning up leaves.
We are finding leaves to be an amazing natural treasure.