Tuesday, October 6, 2009

image Sep13_Tree_SM My daughter has a lofty goal in life – she wants to climb trees. Unfortunately, the trees that grow in our backyard are not really “climbable”. Both of them have pretty thin trunks and no support for feet. The best “semi-climbable” tree grows on the other street in our neighborhood. It’s a palm tree, and I have countless pictures of Anna trying to “climb” this tree. Since we had some discussions about palm trees and how they don’t change color in the winter, she calls it “my warmer place” and pretends to migrate there like a bird. Generally she loves trees a lot – their shapes, their leaves, their seeds, you name it. She always brings her findings home and builds houses out of leaves and twigs for her gumball seeds or acorns. She already planted about 10 apple trees out of apple seeds in our yard. Who knows – maybe one of them will actually turn into an apple tree one day, but she doesn’t fully comprehend yet how slowly it happens. What we want to do next year is to plant two trees in our front yard. One will be a birch tree. Both of us come from the countries where birches are very popular, and it’s a “country tree” of Belarus. The second one will be a lemon tree, and we will plant it in a container, so we can move it eventually if we choose to do so. What I find amusing that those exotic immigrants can live perfectly happily together in our mild climate.

Shannon at Growing and Learning By Leaps and Bounds (boy, and I think my blog’s name is long!) shared some fantastic books about trees, and I will definitely look for them in the library. Here are a couple of our picks:

Arnold Apple Tree

I wrote of this book recently, and we did a fun project based on it. It’s a good book to learn about seasons and changes in nature.



Tree for All Seasons

This is a book about a Maple tree, and it’s also fact based. Anna doesn’t like photographic illustrations lately, so she was not a big fan, but I liked it. The photos are gorgeous, and the text is easy to understand.



To find other posts about children enjoying nature, visit Tree Hugging Tots at Growing and Learning By Leaps and Bounds.


growingandlearningbyleapsandbounds said...

it is a very long blog title isn't it! :)

love the tree climbing picture! those are great books too:) that tree is really cool! how fun to plant trees! if our little acorn stays alive through winter we are going to plant her (her name is aurora)

great post!

MaryAnne said...

Emma loves climbing trees, but - while we live near many trees - there aren't many that are good climbing trees for young children. They all either have branches too high off the ground or too thin to support even a child's weight.

whisperingwhispers said...

We have no trees here suitable for climbing at all. Our trees grow tall with no lower branches to attempt to climb. Funny how different trees grow in different climates. I love Anna's "My Warmer Place"!

Virginia Lee said...

"My Warmer Place," love it! Caleb knows trees take a long time to grow, he thinks it could take a whole week! So he could appreciate what she's thinking.


Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Such a great post - and I love the pic of Anna "climbing" her tree. :) Neat idea to plant the two trees next year too!

Susana said...

Cute post!

Mine like to "climb" trees too.

Unfortunately, ours aren't the best for climbing either!

theexplorationstation said...

I wish we had climbable trees. There's lots of old growth trees around and the lowest branches are too far above the ground.

That's a cool picture of Anna in the tree.

Casey (The Wonder Years)