We’ve Got Shade Trees At The Early Childhood Learning Community!
We’ve got shade trees at the Early Childhood Learning Community!
Integrity partnered with FLOW (Friends of the Olentangy Watershed) and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District in obtaining funding to enable the installation of three large native shade trees on the Outdoor Learning Environment at ECLC in May 2013. The teaching staff wrote the following about the children’s interactions with their new trees:
‘After the trees were planted, the children at the Early Childhood Learning Community went outside to discover what additions had been made to their environment. The teachers instructed them to search for something new and different on their Outdoor Learning Environment. The children looked high and low and then discovered the trees! They made observations of the trees, talking about what they looked and felt like. The children admired and observed the trees and then recorded their interpretations of the trees in a drawing format. Some of the children recorded them in paper and pencil, while others opted to draw the trees on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk. The children were fully engrossed in recording the beauty of nature around them. Since their discovery, the children love to sit under the shade of the trees and play, have picnics, or have books read to them. The trees have been a wonderful addition to our space both aesthetically and functionally.’
Many thanks again to FLOW and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District!