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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Our Tree in the Forest

Our tree - we finally found the perfect one!


Returning back to school

This morning, I read Night Tree, by our author Eve Bunting. This is about a family who goes out on Christmas Eve - quite late - and decorates "their" tree for the birds and other animals. It is such a sweet and quiet story, and gave everyone quite a warm and cozy feeling. The family in the story sing songs while they are there, and then go home to imagine the animals enjoying the feast and singing their own songs in celebration of the season.

We spent our morning recess time trudging through our woods until we found our perfect tree. It took us quite a while, but everyone agreed that it was a lovely one. We then decorated the tree with cereal rings, bird seed coated pine cones - and scattered leftover bagels, rice cakes, apples and bird seed around and under.

Because it seemed appropriate, we held hands and circled the tree. The children wanted to sing, so we sang one Hanukkah song and one Christmas song. Finally, we belted out a rousing rendition of "911". (I'm sure all parents know the song well by now.)

Enjoy these children - they are our true gifts, aren't they?


Odie Langley said...

They are a true gift and you are helping them be all they can be.

Fran Loosen said...

I just love the idea of the touching holiday songs a la Charlie Brown Christmas...only to be followed by "911! 911! SOMEONE CALL THE COPS!" Thanks for all you do, Susan, and for nurturing the giving spirit in our kiddos. Big hugs to you.

Gabrielle said...

Wow, our kids truly have a school family. Thank you for creating such an enriching and loving community!