Evergreen and Deciduous Trees

Students at Under the Trees Forest Preschool have been having a blast with the changing weather! At forest school more rain means bigger puddles, softer dirt/mud for digging and lots and LOTS of worms! We have also noticed slugs of all sizes out and about on our trails, in our leaves, and even climbing on our equipment. 

We spend time every day on recognizing letters and shapes. We have also begun a unit on our 5 senses beginning with sight. Our preschoolers have been enjoying bringing show and tell so that they can share what they like to look at. 

Digging has been a big hit lately. It’s been great to see the kids using the shovels, getting dirty, and then responsibly filling in the holes before the end of the day so that no one trips. 

Our theme this week has been deciduous trees and evergreen trees. Children use leaves and small pine branches gathered from the forest floor to decorate paper hedgehogs. The difference between the two is easy to see on our craft project, but both make beautiful hedgehogs! 

We want to foster responsibility and independence in our students. Every student helps with clean up at the end of the day. That looks different for 2 year olds than it does for 5 year olds, but we get everyone involved! Two of our 3 year olds realized they could transport our mud kitchen tub if they worked together and they were so proud of themselves! 

Some of our upcoming themes are: Safety Week, Thankfulness, Harvest, and Stewardship. We can’t wait to share more about how our preschoolers are interacting with the forest out in Troutdale Oregon!