BRADFORD-TIOGA HEAD START, INC. BRANCHES OUT FOR TREE STUDY
TROY- Teaching children about trees is important. It helps them to understand how trees play a part in being Earth-friendly and encourages a love for the outdoors. Learning about trees and the part they play in the world also gives children a respect for nature.
Children enrolled in the Troy 2 class of Bradford-Tioga Head Start have been learning all about trees. They loved learning about the characteristics of trees. They also learned who lives in trees, what comes from trees and who takes care of trees. “The class already knew some facts about trees before we started,” stated Troy 2 Teacher, Valerie Simpson. “They knew that leaves fall in autumn and that they can be big or small.”
The class also learned some new facts about trees. They learned a tree doctor is called an arborist and that the main ingredient for chocolate comes from trees! Everyone loved the theme so much that the class took an extra week exploring the topic. And now they are even working on a video to show their families.
It’s important that children know about trees and their impact on the world they live in. Head Start teaches things about trees that will spark their interest by incorporating it into everyday activities – for example a snack. Troy 2 children used celery, grapes, pretzel sticks and peanut butter to make their own trees with a trunk, branches and fruit.
Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. is a federal and state funded program with two components. The Head Start component focuses on early childhood education centered on promoting school readiness for children ages three to five, in a preschool setting. The Early Head Start component is a weekly home visiting program that provides comprehensive child development and family support services to pregnant women, children age birth to age 3, and their families. Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc.’s mission is “…to provide exceptional, educational opportunities and high quality, supportive services which empower children and families to grow and thrive.” For more information call 570-638-1400, visit www.bradfordtiogahs.org or find us on Facebook.
Writing: Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc.
Photography: Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc.
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