I read Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree to my son’s kindergarten homeschool class today. Then we created our own Giving Tree!
I read the story to them.
I asked them what the tree gave to the boy. They drew their answers on the leaves and apple paper cut outs I had made. Then, we attached it to the bare branches I had brought in. (I got a big branch from outdoors and set it in a tub with Plaster of Paris.)
I asked them what other things do trees give us?
I shared some quick facts with them:
1. Did you know an average tree can provide enough wood to make 170,000 pencils?
2. Did you know 2 mature trees can supply enough oxygen for a family of 4?
3. Did you know a mature tree removes almost 70x more pollution than a newly planted one?
And finally, I asked the children what could we give the tree in return? They cut paper and we hung their gifts up with ribbon on our Giving Tree.
I left our class feeling how wise all these children already are.