Tr. Julie's preschool class has been expressing an interest in trees. She read the book "The Hugging Tree" by Jill Neimark to the students. Alone on a mighty cliff by the sea, a tiny tree struggles to grow and thrive. She is nurtured by the sea, the sun and moon, and becomes home to a family of loons. But winter ice storms and bitter cold break her boughs and roots. Will she survive? The resilience of the "Hugging Tree" calls to mind the potential in all of us: to thrive, despite times of struggle and difficulty. To nurture the little spark of hope and resolve.
Afterward, the class took a trip to the climbing tree at Haverford College. Along the way to campus, students tried to see how many friends could fit on a certain tree stump. They discussed how the trees are changing in Winter and compared trees that have lost their leaves to trees that are still green. A discussion about what we would need to do to take care of the trees led to thoughtful ideas.
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