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“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
27:4 that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty
of the Lord
and to seek God in God’s temple.”
55:12 "For you shall
go out in joy,
and be lead back in peace;
the mountains and the hills before
you shall burst into song,
and all the trees of the field shall
clap heir hands."
a ‘slice’ of a log or tree to show the tree rings.
Have prepared Prayer
Flags ready to design.
Book available: Old
Elm Speaks – Tree Poems
Supplies: fabric markers, paints and stamps
twine, scissors, parchment paper
Wonders of God are all around
Just open your eyes and see.
For music score
many like to go to the beach?
How many like to go to the
Human beings are pulled to and have a deep relationship with
nature that is part of our subconscious. We don’t know why. We
just do. Nature includes those things of the physical world
such as plants and animals, the earth, the mountains, the
beach, the sun and moon and stars . For our Wonder of God
today I chose the beauty and importance of forests with their
many, many trees .
There are two
kinds of forests. One with trees above the ground. The other
is greenery in the water called blue-green algae.
QUESTION: Put your
hands where your lungs would be. What do the lungs do for
you? They clean the air for your body.
The trees of the
forest are the lungs of the earth. The trees clean the air!
happens to our creeks and rivers when companies pollute them
with chemicals and people throw trash in them?
and other under water creatures die.
Did you know that
willow trees along a creek bed clear the water of bad stuff that
might kill fish and other underwater creatures?
QUESTION: Why do
you feel so good after a walk in a woods or forest?
trees is a stress reduction activity. It helps people get rid of
People who have
spent time among trees have better body health.
tree is a very, very old tree? It is called a “living fossil”.
The Ginko Biloba.
It goes far back in history to the Triassic Period. Two hundred
million years ago. It saw the rise of dinosaurs and their
decline. It is so adaptable, tough and tolerant of pollution .
Leaves are fan shaped. Some with lobes.
There are male and
female trees. They have stink bomb fruit. The fruit smell!
you ever been stuck by a pin? What do you do?
Did you know that
trees whimper when things are nailed into them? They do!
POEMS: I found a very simple poetry book that has poems about
trees. It is titled, Old Elm Speaks, by Kristine
O’Connell George. The pictures were drawn by Kate Kiesler.
I chose three
poems to read to you. (These cannot be printed here because I
do not have permission to do so. They are copyrighted.)
Introduction” - An old oak tree talks to a young boy
who has paused to look up at
Elm Speaks” – Old Elm speaks to a young tree about how
long it will take before it can touch the
Traffic” – My favorite! The announcer on the TV tells
about the traffic on
the trees today.
No cars. . . . . . . . . . . just squirrels.
QUESTION: How old
are you? How do you show how you are growing?
Trees show they
are growing another way. It is called Dendrochronology.
They show they are
growing by ‘growth rings’ or ‘tree rings’. These are annual
rings that grow right next to the bark.
Usually one ring
marks the passage of one year of life.
Adequate moisture and long growing = a wide ring.
Drought = a very narrow ring.
TIME FOR A BREAK:
Take a walk among the trees or in the ‘out of doors’,
or do as “…Dr.
Takimoto told us in his quiet voice about a Japanese custom
called shin-rin-yoku, which translates literally to “tree
shower”. When a person feels anxious or tense, he simply goes
outside, walks up to a tree, raises his arms above his head, and
receives that which the tree provides – a sense of calm,
serenity, and well-being.”
and Sky – Our Intimate Connections to Trees,
by Nalini M. Nadkarni, pages 129-130.)
Plant a tree – either to take home or on the property
Depending on the time of the year, plant seeds.
Flags: Prayer flags do not carry prayers to gods.
used to promote peace, compassion, strength
and wisdom. Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras
will be blown by the
to spread goodwill and
compassion everywhere. They are thought
benefit to all.
order of the colors:
blue, white, red,
sky and space air and wind fire
believed that health and harmony are produced through the
balance of the five
Preparation: 9” x 12” cotton cloth in colors above, hemmed
two long sides. The hem is
one small fold under, not two.
The casing at
the top needs to be wide enough to allow the
heavy string or
to pass through. Again,
only one fold,
not two. There is no hem at the bottom. The
prayer flag will
disintegrate over time. That is the idea.
fabric markers, stamps, or fabric paint make a design that
shares the goodness of trees,
the beauty of trees, the beauty of
nature, the grandeur, the impressiveness of trees and nature.
with parchment paper and iron to heat set the design.
the twine through the casing of each in the correct order
by color. Tie a knot
between each one so there will be a space
between each flag.
Tie from tree to tree or post to post.
Painting: Trees are part of the divinity of God. They are
tree is a wonder of God. Painting a
tree is a spiritual activity. Let
the child paint.
easels, large painting clip boards, or tables. Put shower
or plastic material on the table or floor. Provide paints
brushes suitable to the ages of the student.
younger students. Smaller brushes for
older students.) Using a
brush in each cup helps keep the
Provide paper: easel sized paper, 17” x 20”, or white paper
12” x 18”.
Provide different types of brushes: funny brushes, tooth
regular brushes, corks
turned on their side make good tree
Provide paints. Consider the age of the student to decide how
paint area is to be
set up. Easels and individual cups with paint
brush in each for the
younger student. Older students may prefer
individual paint sets
or sharing cups with others. They might
their own cup of water.
starting: Have student put on paint shirt and put name on
what we have shared together today.
that which comes from within, from the divine – a
of what they have
learned, how they feel about
trees, and/or how
they see the beauty of
time for sharing each person’s art. Because the masterpieces
may be wet, call attention to each one around the room. And
don’t forget the younger ones. Encourage the older students to
support the work of the younger ones.
Diana. Arboretum Borealis – A Lifeline of the
Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010.
Diana. The Global Forest , 40 Ways Trees Can
Save Us. London:Penguin Books, 2010.
Nature’s Secrets. London: Brockhampton Press Ltd, 1998.
O’Connell. Old Elm Speaks – Tree Poems.
New York: Clarion Books, 1998
The Attentive Heart – Conversations with Trees.
“New Research Suggests Nature Walks Are Good
For Your Brain”.
Washington DC: The Washington Post, June 29, 2015
“Scientists Have Discovered That Living Near Trees
Is Good for Your Health”.
Washington DC: The Washington Post, July 9, 2015.
Nadkarni, Naline M. Earth
and Sky – Our Intimate Connections
University of California Press, 2008.
The Man Who Planted Trees - Lost Groves, Champion
Trees, and an
Urgent Plan to Save the Planet.
New York:Spiegel & Grau, 2012.
Discovering Trees. New Jersey: Troll Associates, 1982.
George, Kristine O’Connell. Old Elm Speaks – Tree Poems.
New York: Clarion Books, 1998.