In our class we are talking about living things. Did you know that a living thing is anything that needs food, water, and air? If it were not for the “water” requirement, then fire would be living thing, wouldn’t it?
We are also learning about plants, their parts, and the different kinds of vegetation. We talked about plants that live where there is very little water and how they store water in fat, juicy leaves. This brings a FABULOUS family field trip to mind. On Chicago’s Westside is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful and educational experiences in the city. It’s also FREE. It’s called the Garfield Park Conservatory. Inside you can actually show your child and example of this plant and how (carefully) you can pick off a leave and squeeze out a copious amount of drinkable water. Remember, it will only cost you your time and it is REALLY worth the gas money.