First Grade #4
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In our First Grade Syllabus we suggest that people begin their school year with the creation of a Weather Tree: every day the child checks the weather outside (perhaps when on the daily walk that the First Grade Syllabus recommends) and puts an appropriately colored leaf on his or her tree.
This one was sent to us by Robin in Massachusetts, who writes:
I just wanted to share a picture of our weather tree, as suggested in your First Grade Syllabus. My 7 year old son, and 4 year old daughter, are really enjoying our morning walks, taking note of the day’s weather, then coming in to put a new leaf on our tree. We say a verse, which I have written above the tree:
“The Earth is firm beneath my feet
The Sun shines bright above
And here I stand so straight and strong
The whole world to know and love.”
“Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not!”
from Dionne and family in N. Carolina
This is Lydia’s Weather Tree made of needle felted wool on a large felt background.
This picture was taken on the first day of Rosh Hashana. Each day, starting at sunset we will notice the weather as the day proceeds.
At the following sunset or so, we will design our leaf and felt it onto the tree. By next year we will have a full tree telling all about Michigan weather, and we will be able to see how much taller Lydia is, since right now the tree is exactly her height.