Tiny Julia and a Tiny Tree

It is raining cats and dogs today.  I went outside to check on Julia, our baby frog who has taken up residence in our pool.  The children named the frog Julia.  The vote was unanimous.  Julia was nowhere to be seen.  Smart girl, in all this rain.

Along the way to check on Julia, walking with my head down, I spotted a weed and pulled it up.  To my surprise, it was attached to a walnut.  It wasn’t a weed after all, it was the beginning of a walnut tree!  I looked at the leaves, and sure enough, they are the same as the walnut trees on our property.  It is so tiny!  Won’t the children be excited to plant the tree at school!

Things happen in threes.  I wonder what Tiny #3 will be.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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62 Responses to Tiny Julia and a Tiny Tree

  1. beetleypete says:

    The kids are going to love that tiny walnut tree. I can already picture the excitement, followed by reading up on walnuts. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I have never done that–the baby walnut tree. What a treat for your classes.

  3. Julia??? 🙂 Goodness. She’s gone to feast on something yummy that comes out in the rain.Probably under a large plant. I hope the walnut tree replants and takes off. The kids will love seeing that grow. I have a half dozen pine trees that seeded themselves in my yard. Not in the best spot but God said they should be there so who am I to argue. 🙂 They made it through the ice storm so they get to stay. Looking forward to more adventures here.

    • Jennie says:

      Children always surprise me. I figured the name would be Froggy, or something similar. Isn’t Julia a lovely name? I think you did the right thing with your pine trees. God has a plan, and we should respect that. Here’s to more adventures!

  4. quiall says:

    Keep your eyes peeled! Number three could be right around the corner…

  5. willedare says:

    Hurrah for Julia and the baby walnut tree! Are walnuts forbidden (like peanuts) in school settings? Or can you eat and cook with them (and maybe with some walnut oil) during your week of summer learning and fun?

  6. Ritu says:

    Oh, how exciting!

  7. joylennick says:

    Of such tiny miracles is our rich life made! Hugs xx

  8. JULIA?? Well, there goes my idea of kissing the frog to turn him back into a prince.
    Love the walnut planting project.

  9. K.L. Hale says:

    What a precious miracle. I think it’s totally fascinating that Julia planted that tree for the kids to find when she went away! ;-)🐸

  10. srbottch says:

    Win the lottery, probably😎

  11. mimionlife says:

    How exciting to find the beginning of the walnut tree! Keep us updated. 🙂

  12. How cool! I like the name they gave the frog too.

  13. That tree is a find. We found a pecan tree but sadly it didn’t make it. Good luck with the walnut.

  14. Dan Antion says:

    I hope the children like the walnut tree. What a wonderful thing to find. A frog, a tree, you’re on a roll, Jennie.

  15. The best things come in small packages…so happy to hear Julia went on to greener, wetter ‘pastures’!

  16. petespringerauthor says:

    What a great find!

  17. A walnut tree is a cool find, hope it takes!

  18. Thats true learning by doing. Honestly i never have not seen a tiny walnut tree, before. 😉 Now they have to find a Romeo for Julia. :-)) xx Michael

  19. ANKITA says:

    Don’t know about anything but reading this brought smile on ma face ☺️😂😂

  20. Norah says:

    Oh wow! That’s so exciting.

  21. Oh, what fun–and such a learning opportunity for the children!

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