Branching out with tree planting

From the Spencer Daily Reporter – Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

A Spencer Early Head Start classroom, together with volunteers, planted a tree at the program’s playground last week. Laura Bussel, of Busy B’s Cupcakes, donated an Autumn Blaze Maple. “I was happy to jump at the opportunity to present the children at Head Start with a Maple Tree they could plant and watch grow,” she said. The classrooms of Kaelah Balmer and Valerie Lowe were doing a project approach connected with nature driven by the children’s interest in the world around them. The project began when a child noticed pods on a tree this fall. This led to the children’s interest in other trees and what is growing on them. This hands on approach gives children the opportunity to find and collect interesting objects. The children and their parents have collected pinecones, acorns, leaves, bark and much more. These items are then used in the classroom. They have been sorted, counted and classified contributing to observational and inquiry skills used every day by the children. The tree was planted on the playground at Jefferson school. Volunteers and children were involved in all aspects from digging, planting and watering. (Photos submitted)

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