Monday, August 11, 2014

Tree Study. Balloon Trees

Main Science Ideas

  • Trees are useful in our everyday life.
  • Many items we use everyday are made from trees or tree by products, including rubber.
  • Rubber trees gives a sap called latex and latex is used to make balloons.

Book
"Balloon Trees" by Danna Smith

Activity-
Blow up enough balloons for each child to have their own (check for latex allergies before this activity). Play fast paced music while the kids keep the balloons from touching the floor.  When the music stops, they grab their balloons and yell "We love Balloon Trees!"  in unison. 

Here are some other balloons games you can play.


Tree Study Booklists

For more Tree Study Lesson Ideas see my posts on Tree Unit Study, geared towards lower Elementary.




Christian

  • "The Legend of The Three Trees" by Hal Holbrook.  This is  beautiful Christian book to read at Easter or Christmas. It is especially powerful at Easter, to go along with other Easter Family Devotional Activities.
Family & Friendship 
  • "The Inside Tree" by Linda Smith
  • “I am Good at being Me’ by  Renee Graef
  • “The Friendship Tree” by Kathy Caple
  • "Dirty Gert" by Tedd Arnold
  • "Gus is a Tree" by Clare Babin
Growing Up & Time Passing

Seasons/Blossoms/Fruit 


Science of Tree/Leaf Species
  • "Tell Me Tree" by Gail Gibbons
  • "The Big Tree" by Brice Hispock
  • "What do Roots do?" By Kudlinksi
  • "Tree is a Plant" by Clyde Bulla
  • "Are trees Alive?" by Debbie Miller

Trees & Art

Animals and Trees
  • "This Tree Counts!" by Alison Formento
  • “The Busy tree” by Jennifer Ward

Uses of Trees

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Days of Seven Dwarves

There are days when I feel like I have been every one of the seven dwarves..... 

SLEEPY before coffee

GRUMPY with stubborn and thoughtless people 

HAPPY I have awesome kids 

SNEEZY because allergies suck

DOC with band-aids in my wallet

BASHFUL during greeting time at church

DOPEY whenever I open my mouth