There’s Something About Trees

Thank you, Mitch Teemley for your wise and wonderful trees. Yes, they are earth’s elders, storing its wisdom. Trees are also central to children learning about life and nature. They play a big role. Very big.

Mitch Teemley

They’re the oldest and largest living things on earth. They make and cleanse most of the air that we breathe — we literally couldn’t survive without them. Perhaps it’s because I’m currently reading Richard Powers’ marvelous tree-centric novel The Overstory, that I keep thinking about these ancient chroniclers of time. If flowers are the earth’s children, trees are its elders, the faithful storers of its wisdom.

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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
~John Muir

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Listen to the trees talking in their sleep…what nice dreams they must have!”
~L.M. Montgomery

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
~Khalil Gibran

“From barren brown stems to glistening leaf-buds; from the leaf-buds to snowy virginity of bloom…It…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five 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 was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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32 Responses to There’s Something About Trees

  1. Trees are my spirit animals. They just reach for the sun, embrace the sky and provide shade. When they fall over, their bodies continue to nourish and create universes of life.

  2. srbottch says:

    “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree…” (Joyce Kilmer)

  3. A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.

  4. Ritu says:

    I love the cherry blossom we have in our playground. The children learn so much from it!

  5. Norah says:

    What a beautiful collection of trees and quotes. Thank you for sharing and introducing me to Mitch, Jennie.

  6. Jim Borden says:

    such an amazing variety of trees in those photos; I had never seen trees like some of those!

  7. Thanks for sharing this, Jennie. Trees are magnificent friends, wise elders, and vital to our lives. Heading over to read the rest of Mitch’s post. ❤

  8. swamiyesudas says:

    I don’t think too much around trees, my Dear Jennie! But they Do make me feel good.

  9. willedare says:

    Hurrah for any post which reminds all of us humans about how deeply intertwined our lives are with plants and TREES! I am often amazed at how patient they seem to be with us — especially trees whose roots have been paved over to create a driveway or sidewalk. I have no idea how certain grandmother/grandfather trees in our neighborhood get enough water/nutrients to survive year after year…We have had a patch of warm weather here in southern New England, and I have been watching buds swelling on tree branches as I walk around town. I hope they are wise and resilient enough to withstand/adapt to climate change. One of the wildest stories i read about the recent cold snap in the south (maybe Texas?) was people hearing loud noises as sap-filled branches froze: “‘We listened to them all night. Sounds like gunshots going off,’ (a resident) said. The cold temperatures cause the sap inside of trees to freeze, expanding beyond what the tree bark can contain. The expanding sap can split the trees where their branches connect to the main trunk. However, the freezing sap can also cause massive tears in the main trunk… But even though “exploding trees” can rupture the bark, leaving “frost scars” on their surface, the trees themselves don’t literally burst into splinters. Nevertheless, ice buildup on tree branches can cause heavy limbs to fall, threatening people and power lines and objects below…”

    • Jennie says:

      Hooray for trees, indeed! As I get older I have a much greater appreciation for Mother Nature and all she gives us. We are the caretakers, and we’re doing a much better job than we have done for centuries. That story is fascinating, Will!!

  10. beetleypete says:

    Good reblog, Jennie. You already know I love trees, and Mitch showcased them beautifully.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  11. Great post with wonderful quotes about trees and why we love them so.

  12. Trees are for us to love and protect. ❤ It is mostly up to us an awesome responsibility. What wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing.🙂

  13. Thank you for sharing. Trees are wonderful

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