In Preschool 2 the children have been looking at the Oak tree sapling that they are growing in a pot in the preschool room. They talked about what is needed for the sapling to grow strong. The children were encouraged to think about what it needs to grow. They replied that it needed water and sunshine. Karen encouraged the children to think about what helps children to grow up big and strong. Food, vegetables and milk were the top answers. Children rubbed the leaves and touched the soil in the pot and commented on how dry it was and they decided it needed a big drink.
(Understanding of the world, The world. Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found object. Shows care and concern for living things and the environment30-50 months)
We extended this activity when we went outside by taking paper, paints and crayons with us so the children could enjoy making observational paintings of the trees and taking tree bark rubbings. The children were using language such as rough, bubbly and knobbly to describe the bark.
(Communication, Speaking. Builds up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences.30-50months)
As the children walked around the garden they started to look at their environment more closely and were examining the leaves on the bushes and asked if they could take some inside to draw them.
The children have really thought about what grows around them and have shown interest and curiosity in their environment. Our next steps will be to expand the children’s skills and knowledge of the natural world around them and grow some mustard, cress seeds and some grass hair potato heads.