Now is the time of year to take your preschooler to a Christmas tree farm to choose a tree to fresh cut. This can be a teachable moment incorporating math skills, such as measurement concepts.
Before you go, allow your preschooler to help decide where in the home a Christmas tree should be placed. Weigh your options. Consider if you want the tree in front of a window. Decide if there is enough room for a tree.
When discussing space with your preschooler, get out a tape measure and talk about the height of the Christmas tree and the width. Allow your preschooler to estimate how tall the tree should be and see if your preschooler uses a unit of measurement. Introduce your preschooler to inches and feet and yards.
With your tape measure, examine the area where the tree will be located and assist your preschooler in writing the measurements of the area on a notecard or keying the measurements onto a notepad or phone to reference at the Christmas tree farm.
Once you arrive at the Christmas tree farm, look for a tree with those measurements, using the tape measure to examine each tree that your preschooler chooses. Be sure to ask if the next tree examined needs to be larger or smaller.
Once a Christmas tree is chosen, your preschooler will see the benefits of incorporating math skills.
In the Charlotte area, the closest Christmas tree farms are in York County or Lincoln County. Recommended Christmas tree farms are linked below:
Lutz Christmas Tree Farm is located at 756 Neelands Road, Clover, SC. Call 803-627-2392 or 704-860-5604.
Penland Christmas Tree Farm is located at 6457 Campbell Road, York, SC. Call 803-366-7605.
For trees in North Carolina, search this site http://www.ncchristmastrees.com/search-for-trees.php