Today we learned about coniferous forests and all about the trees, animals and plants that call them home by reading Into the Forest by Christiane Dorian. This book is beautiful! Definitely going to add it to our collection. Elliot also practiced number tracing and the letter T. Before our projects we studied the parts of a branch (buds and rings) with Nature All Around: Trees by Pamela Hickman. Then we made magic wands from branches and yarn. He chose all blue and I chose blue and yellow. And finally painted our clay trays we made Tuesday. Trees are pretty awesome.
For our nature study this morning we read A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla and learned a little more about bark from The Magic & Mystery of Trees by Jen Green. Then we had an art session and painted some bark from our yard. After lunch we learned more about how trees grow by reading It Starts with a Seed by Laura Knowles, which explains the process beautifully. Then we looked at different trees from the pine family in our new Smithsonian book Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds and created little clay dishes stamped with needles. Can’t wait for these to dry. Elliot said he wanted to paint his and I might do the same.
It’s Winter Tree week! This morning Elliot and I read Winter Trees by Carole Gerber and he whizzed through a few seasonal themed worksheets and a fun sticker shape activity. Then we created a snow tree with twigs and a glue/shaving cream mix (@magichomeschoolbus). So cute! Trees are awesome and we are always excited to learn more about them.