We are always excited when the girls are provoked to make observations by taking a closer look at the world around them. Just like our shadows…someone notices how things have changed.
Are tree study actually began when school opened in Aug. The girls watched as the green leaves slowly colors…of course fall comes late in Memphis and some of the girls were wondering if they would ever fall. We then took a closer look at evergreen trees in early December.
The following questions were asked about both kinds of trees:
What is a tree?
What can trees tell us about the season?
What can you learn about a tree?
Why are trees important?
The girls searched though books, listened to fiction and non-fiction books, made up their own stores about the season, engaged in observational drawings used sticks, pine needles, pine cones, rocks etc. in play, and listened to each other. Through all of those explorations most of the questions were answered to their satisfaction.
What were some of their discoveries?
Trees all have roots, branches, a trunk, and leaves
Some are big…some little…all have hard stuff on them
They all need water and light because they are living things
Some trees change every season
There are lots of different trees
Trees smell different
Some have acorns
Some have funny needles
Acorns are seed for new trees
Some animals eat them
Some animals live in the trees
The wind helps the leaves fall
Pinecones have seeds in them
Pine trees remind me of Christmas and cold weather
Reflection: Our observations about trees will never end as long as the girls are using all of their senses to make observations.
Ms Prewitt and Ms Grinder
…” Within a structured and nurturing environment, Hutchison encourages each student to develop a lifelong joy of learning, to sharpen her intellectual curiosity, to cultivate artistic expression, and strive for physical well-being” …Hutchison philosophy