We got lots of awesome ideas via our Teacher Guide this week. If you missed it, we shared this fun Weaving Roots Preschool Investigation Station last week and of course today it’s all about Trunks.
We’re definitely loving this week’s Tree Life Cycle topics. We’ve already covered Seeds, Roots, and now Trunks. Of course we still have Branches and Leaves to talk about too.
Just like most living plants, trees need light, water, and soil to grow. When learning about the life cycle of living things, children begin to understand how things change and evolve. Incorporating life science concepts into early childhood classrooms allows children to strengthen their curiosity for the world around them. Teachers participate in these powerful learning experiences by carefully planning hands-on learning activities and facilitating science experiments. Hands-on learning is essential for children and lays the foundation for lifelong learning.
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If you’ve been around for a while, then you already know that we’re using Mother Goose Time for preschool homeschool and it’s been such a huge blessing to us.
Tree Ring Model
Emergent Writing (14.2), Fine Motor (5.2), Life Science (26.2)
- Tree Rings
- Trunk Photos
- Cut paper trunk strips and tape the ends to make different sized rings.
Discuss and Explore
- What might be inside a tree trunk?
- Set the paper rings out and invite children to explore arranging them to look like the inside of a tree trunk.
- Give each child paper and crayons to draw their own tree rings.
- Use the provided photo as a guide if desired.
- Invite each child to count the rings and share the age of his tree.
- Invite the child to draw a circle, then help him draw another circle around it.
- Set out 5 different sized circular objects. Trace them from smallest to largest, creating concentric circles.
- Did the child draw different sized circles?
- What did he share about his drawing?
This was definitely one of my favorite lessons thus far. I loved being able to pull out our Nature Anatomy* book and look at diagrams of what we were studying. And obviously I’m all about being able to walk outside and see Tree Rings in real life. It doesn’t get much better than that, y’all.
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Orchard Harvest theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.
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