Last Friday at Cheremoya, we learned that we are not so different from trees! Just like human fingerprints, each tree has its own unique pattern on its bark. The tree’s bark is like its skin and no two trees are alike! With the help of some paper and crayons, we can actually take the tree’s “fingerprints”. The class divided into four groups and each group took a different tree’s imprint so we could compare all of the trees we have in our garden. The kids loved observing one tree’s jagged imprint with another’s softer, leopard print like imprint. They enjoyed it so much that many kids went on to make multiple imprints of all the trees. I thought it would be fun if we connected the tree’s individuality to our own, so we added our own fingerprints on our papers for a reminder. What’s life without a little finger painting?
We also learned about soil and how vital it is to life. We rely on soil for so many things, most importantly, for food! The students tried the food that is currently growing in our garden, including delicious snap peas. There were enough for every kid to have their own!