Our Creative World School in Avalon Park, Orlando, FL, is having an awesome month of inquiry learning all about trees!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of their learning adventures:
Today we began learning more about trees as we wrote the names of fruits that grow on trees and and spelling color words.
Exploring the trees outside
During small group time, we made trees with green playdoh. We used different cutters and rollers to make different shape trees. We also talked about the color green.
For this fun gluing activity the children used yarn to glue on the paper for tree display. This activity helped develop sensory, language, and social skills .
The children were given a plate and green paint. They painted the top of their trees.
Exploring the coconuts that came from trees.
The Manatees class chose to explore coconuts all month long!
This month’s theme will be trees, the Pandas went on a field trip around Avalon lake to take a closer look at trees around our neighborhood. We saw the various types of trees and even some friendly animals. During the trip we also had the students participate in a scavenger hunt.
The students went on a field trip around Avalon to begin our new theme, and found different tree parts. The students got to touch the branches and leaves, and for this particular branch we felt the difference between two different pine trees and how the needles are not the same. The students used describing words to tell the teacher how the pine felt.
Today the students talked about parts of a tree, and discussed what they saw and what they think those parts are for. They observed with magnifying glasses to get a closer look at the item. This enhanced our science skills and social study skills as we talk about our environment.
We also used our creative art skills to paint pictures of fruit trees!
For this fun art activity the children were given an opportunity to scribble with a brown crayon to draw a tree . The teachers use the words brown and tree and encourage them to repeat the words . This activity helped build their language , fine motor and social skills .
Today we built our early reading skills by arranging letters to spell fruit names.
Creating our own tree collages
Today during circle time the students practiced some addition. Afterwards a group of students wrote what the favorite part of our Nature Walk was then drew a picture. Another group helped cut out leaves to put on our brainstorm wall
Today we read Jack and the bean stalk . We took turns counting beans and putting them the bean stalk . We got to color a leaf and add it too the big bean stalk.
Today the children had the opportunity to explore the sensory table . The teachers mentioned the items in the table such as roots , branches , leaves etc. . This activity helped them to get familiar with the environment and also helped develop language and social skills.
Liam used skills in scientific thinking to explore a star fruit using his senses of sight, touch and smell
We enjoyed using our scientific thinking skills to explore trees.
We had a great time using our scientific thinking skills to explore tree parts.
Today we taste tested assorted fruits and used mathematical thinking skills to count pieces of fruit. We voted as a class and we would like to learn about coconut trees!
We worked on our fine motor skills and tore apart brown paper and glued it to green paper today.
For this fun and busy art activity the children had the opportunity of tearing brown paper and squeezing the glue bottle and then pasting the paper . This was a fun way for them to build their fine motor skills as well as their language and sensory skills.
Today the children had a wonderful time with our Enrichment activity, Wooden Object Investigation . This activity encouraged the children to explore an assortment of wooden objects, made from wood and wood comes from the Trees , such as puzzle pieces , wooden spoons , and blocks . This Enrichment activity helped the children with their Approaches to Learning , Social Development , Cognitive Mathematical and Scientific Thinking about the world around them, and Fine Motor Development Skills.