|Observing trees: identifying the roots, trunk, branches,|
and leaves; feeling the trunk; comparing the trunk to
our hands; looking for insects and plants on the tree, and more.
|We did a litter pick-up around the preschool and|
|We ended our day outside reading|
Miss Sadie McGee Who Lived in a Tree.
|The kids enjoyed it so much that they asked our|
parent volunteer, Ms. Melisa to read it to them again.
|My "green" tree t-shirt|
|Ms. Shannon let us borrow her beautiful river rocks.|
|I LOVE how this friend took the instructions|
literally. Notice how the colors match.
|We were able to borrow a rock collection from|
the elementary school and Ms. Shannon let us
borrow her amazing Andy Goldsworthy book.
|Rock provocation: Each child creates their own|
work of art and we photographed their creation.
|We then added the nature inspiration cards.|
|Parent volunteer, Ms. Leslie brought in some rocks|
from her home. Love the mortar and pestle. She
also identified where each rock was found.
|The kiddos especially enjoyed this rock, which looked|
like any other rock on the outside, but had beautiful
white crystals that sparkled and looked like snow
|We used these two AMAZING rock books at our|
|After cleaning the rocks, each child got to hold a rock|
during the "If You Find a Rock" book reading.
|Ms. Myrna brought in a lava rock and|
a pumice stone. The kiddos were able
to compare their weight then we did a
sink or float experiment. Many of them
were surprised that the pumice stone floated.
|We decided to make Earth crayons. The kiddos peeled|
blue and green crayons, broke them, then placed them
in a small muffin tin.
|We placed them in a 200 degree oven until they|
were fully melted. We cooled them completely then
sent them home with the kiddos the next day.
|LOVE IT!! She's got the whole world in her hands...|
|I saw how Play at Home Mom LLC created their own|
homemade bird feeder from office supplies and items
around the house and decided we'd try it. I found an
office organizer at Walmart and the attachments there,
as well. So far so good.
|Bird seed in, ready for the birds.|
|I saw Juniper Moon Farm's suet feeder and decided|
to create our own Bird Nest Supply Station. We
followed their guidelines of making sure the yarn
was cut between 4 and 8 inches by placing rulers
on the table and teaching the kiddos how to
measure the yarn pieces.
|...filling up the suet feeder...|
|...we hung it in the tree. Ready for the birds.|
|Our hummingbird feeder has seen LOTS|
|After seeing the nature chandelier's over at|
Fairy Dust Teaching, I knew we needed to create
one for our classroom. We gave craft wire to each
child and encouraged them to string the beads up
to 12 inches. Once again, a measuring activity.
|If they put more than 12 inches, they could|
remove some of the items.
|Carefully beading...we also had lace and|
feathers available for their use.
|The end result! I am thrilled BEYOND WORDS!!|
|We ended our week reading "One Love" by|
Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob Marley.
After reading it we listened to the song.
|We did pause during the story as we heard flocks|
of Canada geese flying overhead.
|These were some of our AMAZING books we read|
during the week: The Busy Tree, Our Tree Named Steve,
and One Love. Not pictured is A Grand Old Tree and
BIG EARTH, Little Me.
|This is one of the newest crazes in the|
classroom: Frigits Deluxe or as we like
to call them "Magnetic Marble Maze".
We continue to have AMAZING adventures...