There are trees growing everywhere in the Rainey Room. Yesterday, we created a winter tree based on a home research photo from Jossie’s grandparents’ house. Children used three-dimensional collage materials to create the tree structure and cover it with snow.
Will and Austin revisited he classroom tree that inspired this work, drilling holes and placing pegs to join our stumps and transform them (back) into a tree trunk.
Today, we played a Kiwi Crate game that Jack brought in to share, in which children took turns adding roots and leaves to balance the tree.
Later, children grew a paper collage palm based on one of our trees from the winter home research project.
Inspired by Isabelle’s apple tree in the The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day, a few children decided to try to grow our own apple tree from the seeds in a discarded apple core.
And at the easel, we completed an image of a winter tree by painting limbs, branches, roots and leaves.
Each of our trees was so different, and with each one we learned something new. We learned about symmetry and proportion both in nature and in our representation. We are learned that branches are connected to the trunk. We thought more deeply about growth and regeneration. And we had fun.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.