• Tearri Rivers

The Pine Tree Investigation

Updated: Apr 4

We had a very busy week at the Studio as we wrapped up our last full week of 2019. Thankfully, our preschool curriculum, Experience Early Learning lessons gave us the opportunity to really take advantage of natural learning.

With Christmas Trees in the homes of quite a few children that attend the Studio it was perfect timing for the Tree-Trimming STEAM STATION lesson in our preschool curriculum.

The set up for the Tree-Trimming Station came from suggested materials to include, and the Big Questions that led to the Pine Tree Investigation and other lesson ideas that the children were excited to participate in.

I wish I had a recording to share of the children singing the song "Pine Tree" from the Winter In The Woods Music CD that is included in this month's preschool curriculum. They were effortlessly singing facts about pine trees.... like pine trees have cones that fall on the ground, roots deep and strong, an evergreen tree.

Experience Early Learning's, preschool curriculum incorporates our Small Group Literacy activities naturally. The Pine Tree Investigation, a small group literacy lesson included the Cube Cards shown above. I supplied the pine tree as the main tree to investigate and we also looked at other types of trees in books as the lesson suggested. The children thoroughly enjoyed this Pine Tree Investigation and they begin to ask each other these questions while working at the Tree- Trimming STEAM STATION.

We also painted pine cones and played with pine cones with play-doh, and they compared pine cones by size.

The Pine Tree Life Cycle lesson and materials for each child was also provided in our preschool curriculum, Experience Early Learning. It is a Make & Play Creative Corner project that encourages the child to describe how a seed grows into a tree, while slowly spinning the life cycle pine tree model that they made.

They all absolutely loved this Make & Play activity. Hearing them having conversations about shapes, Pine Trees, and their own Christmas Trees was such a pleasure to be a part of.

A completed Pine Tree Life Cycle.

Again, I am very thankful for Experience Early Learning's preschool curriculum. During a very busy week like this past week, it certainly was a relief in knowing that I could still offer natural, hands on, playful learning activities to the kiddos.

As an Experience Early Learning Blogger, I receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic experiences. As always, my opinions are 100% my own. #preschool #familychildcare #mgtblogger

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