Nature and Traditions

Connecting to the Natural World

One of the simplest ways to connect to nature is to create traditions.  There is a special place in our area that is a big part of our summer.  Every fall, we say good-bye for the year while enjoying a bon-fire  and friends.  It is an enjoyable way to give thanks to this special place and enjoy good company.  One of our favorite activities is to watch the tide put out our fire as it rises.  The children get a sense of natures power and beauty.

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Place Based Preschool – Life cycle of a tree and trees as habitats.

Place Based Preschool:  Each session we have:  discovery and play stations, group circle, investigations,  art, and closing circle.  We include songs and storytelling into the hour as well.

place based preschool 017In group circle we told a story about a girl and tree growing up.

place based preschool 002Investigate:  We used our tree parts to think about their place in the tree life cycle.  I wish I had the pictures of our rotten log and the kids dissecting them.  Lot’s of enthusiasm:

“Let’s investigate!!!!”  C.P.

“There’s another sow bug in this log!”  N.W.

“Look at all the legs!”  E.R.

“Can I hold that one too?”  N.W.

“Let me see it closer..” L.L.

“Why is it hiding in the hole?”  Corie

“I think it likes the dark.” C.P.

place based preschool 005place based preschool 015Art:  Then, we picked a part to observe and record.  we drew or painted our observations.place based preschool 024Ella noticed the spikes on her twig.  she decided to make them colorful.

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Nick chose a rotten log to paint.  He was intrigued by the mushrooms growing.

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Place based preschool – parts of a tree.

Place Based Preschool:  Each session we have:  discovery and play stations, group circle, investigations, art, and closing circle.  We include songs and storytelling into the hour as well.

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We made ourselves into trees with roots, leaves, trunk and branches.

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Learned a new song…..

Parts of a tree son (  Tune of Wheels on the Bus)

The roots on the trees go

slurp, slurp, slurp

slurp, slurp, slurp

slurp, slurp, slurp.

The roots on the trees go

Slurp, slurp, slurp

All around the town.

Trunks……strong and straight

Bark….protect the tree

Branches….. reach for the sky

Leaves….. make food, food, food

Seeds…. go twirl and plunk

Wind blows the trees…. side to side

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Investigate:  We observed and identified parts of a tree.

“This is bark from that papery tree.”  N.W.

“I remember these leaves with pointy parts.”  L.L.

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Then, we used our observations to create a “Parts of a tree” collage.

“I want mine to look like a tree.”  C.P.

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Place Bases Preschool / Fall

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Place Based Preschool

I was thrilled to work with children to expand their experience with two things I am passionate about:  nature and creativity.  Every session we explore together through play, investigations, art, and stories.   The place based model helps children feel a sense of place by connecting and learning about the world around them.  That can mean the natural world, their local town, the local bird population, or anything around them.  The plan with the preschool sessions is to gather once a season to explore a topic within our “place.”  I also enjoy asking the children to interpret what they learn through art.  I have so much fun that I want to keep the experience; hence, the blog!  Enjoy!

Place Based Preschool Fall

The Trees around us

 

 

It was a beautiful day for our first session of the Place Based Preschool.  We started with a classic fall activity.  It is often these simple interactions with the natural world that help them become connected to the great world around them.

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We begin our hike through the woods to find the secret spot just for us!

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We found it!

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Pat Maloney from Project Learning Tree invited the children to investigate the leaves around them.

“My leaf has teeth like me!”  L.L.

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Collections and investigations start.

“I am going to see what dirt is by this tree.”  C.P.

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A close look

“My dirt is sticky!”  E.R.

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We find leaves for our leaf prints.

“This leaf makes a lot of paint.”  C.P.

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Story time:  Mr. Oak has left us some treasures.  Can we find him to say thank you?

“I want to see Mr. Oak too!”  D.L.