As we have been walking the campus since the girls arrived in August, they have been interested in all the trees we walk by; going to lunch, the trees on our playground, and the trees on the Lower school playground as we visited that area of our campus one day. We asked if they would like to draw and paint our tree on the playground as a reference point to teach about seasonal changes. Thus, the "Tree for all Seasons" was born! Summer has changed to fall and the girls noticed how the trees were all beginning to change colors and we began a discussion about why that was happening and how we could illustrate that change we were seeing. Once again, the girls wanted to do an observational drawing of a fall tree. We also took a nature walk around the campus to collect different leaves for them to observe while drawing and painting, and other "treasures" such as pine cones, sticks, acorns, gumballs, and pine needles. After we returned to the classroom, the girls then got to sit on the carpet, empty their treasures on to the rug and sort all the different things they had found. They also started making two part patterns out of their collections and loved every minute of this fun outing. We will continue to observe our playground tree and all the beautiful trees on our campus through out the year as we add our seasonal changes to our "Tree for all Seasons" Cycles are everywhere as the girls are learning with the observation of seasonal change. As we discuss Thanksgiving, we have made a fall"Thankful Tree" and named some things each girl was thankful for to her tree. We know that this will be an extra special "addition" to your Thanksgiving decorations!
-Observations of nature/change/cycles
-Two part patterns