In celebration of Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees last Thursday, our Green Kindergarten class immersed themselves in learning about trees, in particular, the more tropical trees that don't naturally grow here in wintry Chicago. On a field trip to the wonderful Garfield Park Conservatory, each child was assigned a tree to research:
For extra fun and a truly tangible experience, each child got a necklace bag with a piece fruit from his/her tree to taste.
Upon their return to school, they wrote down their observations and created clay models of their trees. Then all this work was assembled into a wonderful display of greenery to enliven our currently oh-so-bleak wintery world in Chicago.