New tree buds, spring tree art, and fried apple pies were all part of the latest nature book club. It was beautiful AND tasty at our The Giving Tree nature book club with the kids.
New tree buds, spring tree art, and fried apple pies were all part of the latest #naturebookclub. It was beautiful AND tasty at our The Giving Tree nature book club with the kids. #homeschool #naturestudy #bookclub #ihsnet #thenaturebookclub
The Giving Tree Nature Book Club Discussion
This month our book club was on the book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. This picture book was one of my favorites as a child. I loved the story of the tree that gave its fruit, leaves, branches, and wood as an act of unselfish love to the boy who did not appreciate the tree until he was old.
My kids love the book, too. I'm sure that my feelings are different than theirs, though. Becoming a mother has changed my perspective, and I realized that sometimes I feel like the tree. I feel like I give everything I have to people who won't appreciate my value until they are much older and wiser. Shel Silverstein is a master at injecting powerful thoughts on humankind in short, colorful verses. It is why he is still one of my favorite poets as an adult.
The Giving Tree Nature Book Club Snacks
Apples were a natural choice for this book club's snacks. We decided to make a favorite recipe, Grandaddy's fried apple pies. Sadly, we didn't have any of my grandaddy's apples, so we had to opt for the canned version.
The youngest made the apple pies from apple pie filling and canned biscuits. She then fried them up for everyone for dinner.
According to everyone who had one, the fried apple pies were delicious. A~ is so excited that she can make these herself, that she plans to make them every week. I'm in full agreement. They were just as good as Grandaddy's!
Side Note: We also made some Nutella fried pies as well. They. Were. Amazing. I did share mine, but only after being made to feel guilty. A mom's gotta hide her chocolate after all.
The Giving Tree Nature Book Club Activities
Spring has made its way to the South, and our trees are starting to bloom (as well as our allergies). The Bradford Pear trees have scented up the neighborhood in the most unpleasant way, so we are all looking forward to better smelling blooms soon. L~ found some buds on one of the trees in the neighborhood and took this picture of a beautiful bloom. We aren't sure of the exact species, but we are pretty sure it's a cherry tree.
Since we are enjoying the beautiful Springtime outside, we decided to bring some inside with Chalk Pastel's Spring Art Course. We love creating art with chalk and with Nana, the Chalk Pastel.com instructor. We painted spring tree reflections and spring tree blooms. The colors are so vibrant and represent what we are beginning to see outside.
Our Journey Westward has some terrific books on trees. These are a great resource for fellow nature explorers.
The Giving Tree Nature Online Book Club
We carried our fun with The Giving Tree further and created an online book club with more rabbit trails of tree life cycles, apple planting, leaves and more. We added a few more fun activities and then ideas for a party school with the kids (and maybe even some friends).
Get a sneak peek at The Giving Tree Online Nature Book Club below.
Adding adventure to the picture book The Giving Tree
Now for the awesome new Link-Up Party!
The Nature Book Club is a monthly link-up beginning on the 20th day of each month. It’s a monthly book club devoted to connecting children to nature through books. Each month has a different theme. We welcome your nature book and activity related links!
This Month's Nature Book Club theme:
Buds and Branches
The Nature Book Club is brought to you by these 4 nature loving bloggers and myself who are your co-hosts! Are you following them? If you don’t want to miss anything, be sure to follow each one.
Here are the co-hosts, their choices of books, and activities for the month:
Table Life Blog - The Curious Garden - Nature Scavenger Hunt in the City
Rule This Roost - Tap The Magic Tree - Mini Tree Creation from Nature
Handbook of Nature Study - My Favorite Tree-Terrific Trees of North America - Tree nature study printable pages
The Homeschool Scientist - 20 Ways To Draw A Tree - Nature Sketching w/ printable
Nature Book Club Party Rules
- Choose an engaging nature book, do a craft or activity, and add your post to our monthly link up.
- The link up party goes live at 9:00 a.m. EST on the 20th of each month and stays open until 11:59 p.m. EST on the last day of the month. Hurry to add your links!
- You can link up to 3 posts. Please do not link up advertising posts, advertise other link-up parties, your store, or non-related blog posts. They will be removed.
- By linking up with us, you agree for us to share your images and give you credit of course if we feature your posts.That’s it!
- Let’s party.
Hi, I’m Dachelle. I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. I love chocolate and have been known to hide it from my children. I can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. I blog, here, at HideTheChocolate.com when I’m not creating book clubs and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction). Learn more…