TREE GUIDE: A Tree Begins

Fall is coming, and we are excited about the opportunity to explore the changing face of the forests around us.  We wanted to share with you a few fun ideas for exploring the world of trees. You can purchase our Tree Guide for a whole month of literature and project based activities for learning with your preschool and kindergarten students. These units can even be adapted to older children by simply omitting the counting or phonics activities.

Fall is coming, and we are excited about the opportunity to explore the changing face of the forests around us. We wanted to share with you a few fun ideas for exploring the world of trees. You can purchase our Tree Guide for a whole month of literature and project based activities for learning with your preschool and kindergarten students. These units can even be adapted to older children by simply omitting the counting or phonics activities.

Read 
The Tree Lady by Joseph H. Sessions. Talk about what kinds of trees grow in your region. Could you plant more trees where you live?

Phonics 
Talk about simple words that begin with the letter “T.”

Fine Motor Skills
Transfer acorns from one bowl to another using tongs. Point out to your child that acorns are oak tree seeds.

Large Motor Skills
Hide acorns all around your home (or a specific room) and look for them together. Talk about how animals will be storing away the nuts for the winter. 

Art Skills
Make a tree collage. You can draw pictures, cut pictures from magazines, or use pictures from a nature walk to add layers and interest to your collage. Just like Kate added more trees to San Diego, add more trees and plants to your collage.

Practical Life Skills
Make a bird feeder to hang in a tree in your yard out of pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseed.

Supply List

  • The Tree Lady by Joseph H. Sessions.

  • Acorns

  • Birdseed

  • 2 Bowls

  • Materials for making a tree collage

  • Pinecones

  • Peanut Butter

  • Tongs

Peaceful Press Treeguide

Summer Reading and Projects

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Summer is nearly upon us, and we are excited about all the memories we will make. Each year I grow more aware of how fast the precious years of childhood are flying by, and I am doing my best to make the most of them. 

Although every summer is a little different; sometimes we school through the summer, and other years we take the whole season off, this year we will continue working on literacy and math, while staying close to home. We will be starting The Precious People curriculum in September, so I'm excited for the opportunity to plan for our fall celebrations and learning.

We found some great summer themed books we wanted to share so you can make the most of this season with your children as well. We have even paired the books with easy activities to build sweet memories in your own family.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Activity: Find a body of water and look for minnows, or head to the ocean and see if you can spot a Swimmy in the tide pools.

The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice by Wendy Pfeiffer

Activity: Find a map of the world and show your littles the different time zones. What time is the sun setting in Iceland? In India? Is there any sun in Antarctica in July?

Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd

Activity: Go on a scavenger hunt, make it a competition or an expedition.

The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing

Activity: Find a trampoline or spread out some blankets, can you find the first star in the summer sky, the big dipper, or make your own constellations with dot paint on black construction paper.

S is for S’Mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James

Activity: Make s'mores. How many different types of chocolate and biscuit combinations can you use to make a s’more?

Summertime in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Activity: Find a local farm to pick some stone fruit or a field with blackberries or raspberries.

For more fun with The Little House on the Prairie, check out our The Playful Pioneers curriculum.

Join the conversation and share your favorite books and ideas for summer fun! 

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Click here for helpful hints on teaching your child to read.

For a full year learning plan that incorporates books and projects, check out our open and go parent guides.

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