We started off our Tree week of EcoVenture by going on a nature walk to the park that is just a couple off blocks from our school. They loved finding sticks along the walk. It is a newly remodeled park with a new rec center and library. There is a small pond that runs across it.
This park has been around for a long time and the roots of the trees have grown UP instead of down. The kids were walking on them as we talked about how the roots spread out from the tree as the tree gets taller. We also looked at the different lines on the roots and talked about how trees have rings that tell their age. Experience Curriculum focused on that one of the days this week.
On our walk the kids gathered pinecones to build a bird feeder with. We talked about "Building With Trees" and how we use the wood to build homes and furniture.
A Make & Play craft for the day we talked about Climbing Trees was a koala puppet. There drew the eyes and mouth, glued cotton balls to the tummy and nose and ears on the head. There hand fit into the two pieces that we taped together.
Our curriculum comes with fun games and activities each month. This week we took our the tree shape poster and foam shapes. The kids had so much fun matching them that we left it as an option the rest off the month.
The children created a Tree Story and then dictated it for us to write below their picture. They did such a great job. They were told to draw themselves IN the tree. They decided to put themselves at the very top of their tree.
I hope you enjoyed out week about trees. We will be closed next week. We will return the following week with more fun adventures!