We finished our mosaic heart, made dozens of flower and wire flowers, and now we are getting ready to create a tree for our garden. Before we begin building, we want to learn more about the children’s understanding and feelings towards trees. The children have also been creating drawings of trees, photographing them, but most importantly, noticing. Kian noticed the tree in the outdoor classroom has leaves on it's side, where ivy is growing, but not on the top of it. Many of their drawings focus on the tree trunks, and often include a big hole. Sally made families of butterflies and birds living in the hole, while Grace filled her tree with "balls that came in through that hole."
Conversation while reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein:
Rowan: Trees can’t be happy. They aren’t alive.
Will: I don’t think trees can be happy, they can only be still.
Jossie: If they don’t have eyes they’re not alive.
Since the children have a firm grasp on the trunks of trees, that will be the first part we construct. As the children continue to express their ideas through conversation, construction, and drawings, we will flush out the other components of our classroom tree.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.