One of the things we will focus on and talk about throughout the year is how things change. We have discussed how the girls have changed since they were born. They told me that in just 3 short years they are taller, have more hair, know how to walk and run, can feed themselves, know how to talk, and now they are big enough to go to school. We are also exploring changes in a particular tree that we pass each day as we walk to lunch. The girls have discovered that they are a little like a tree. They both need air and water to live. They both grow. And one day these little girls will understand how important it is to have roots. The pre-k girls did an observational drawing of the tree still full of summer leaves. We went on a field trip to the library to do some research, too. The girls discovered it is a Sugar Maple tree. We are waiting for its leaves to begin to change color. How exciting!
Observational Drawing - Watercolor
Walking to the library - tree research
Reflection: We were really proud of the way the girls connected pen to paper as we observed the Sugar Maple tree. They are learning to see shapes, lines, space, and dimension. They are asking questions about what they see and already know and learning new things in the process. We loved hearing from each girl, too, as they shared something they had discovered in their "research." We found that sharing something from a book with the ability to show pictures was a disarming way, even for those friends a little more wary of talking in front of the whole group, to share their thoughts. We will definitely implement this process again. I wonder what we will research next?