Four Seasons of Our Wishtree

Last spring children made wishes and hung them onto a tree on the playground at school.  Wishes are important.  The tradition of a Wishtree is worldwide.  We were excited to make our very own.  Everyday those wishes would flutter, and smile back at children.

Summer arrived, and the wishes were as strong as ever.

Fall is beautiful in New England.  The wishes kept hanging on tight.  They would not be outdone by the colorful leaves.

In winter the wishes, albeit somewhat faded, look bright against the snow.  They dance and play.  Children smile.

Here is our Wishtree dancing in the breeze a year ago:


Here is our Wishtree fluttering and smiling last week:


Perhaps Cinderella said it best, “A dream is a wish your heart makes.”


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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84 Responses to Four Seasons of Our Wishtree

  1. beth says:

    I love, love this!

  2. Ritu says:

    This is wonderful. 💜🙏🏼

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Ritu! May 1st is the traditional day for people to put wishes on a wishtree. Your preschoolers would love doing this if you have a tree at school.

  3. I love how the wishes held steadfast through all the seasons!

  4. quiall says:

    What a wonderful way to make those wishes tangible.

  5. Oh, Jennie. That tree has some serious magic. BEAUTIFUL

  6. Darlene says:

    Your wish tree is amazing!!

  7. beetleypete says:

    I had never heard of a wish tree until I saw it on your site, and your one is a wonderful example.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Pete! When your grandson is a year or two older, read to him, Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. He is already savvy, and he will love this book. Promise.

  8. Love the wish tree, Jenny. thanks for sharing.

  9. Jim Borden says:

    what a wonderful idea!

  10. Don Ostertag says:

    You amaze me with your wonderful projects for the little ones.

  11. What a beautiful idea – wishes are so important.

  12. srbottch says:

    Jennie, are those ‘reading/listening/sharing/gathering/thinking’ stumps around the tree? What a perfect spot.

    • Jennie says:

      Great question! No, the tree stumps are actually the boarder for the big sandbox, yet they are often a sitting and reflecting spot. Thank goodness the tree happens to be right next to the sandbox.

  13. Dan Antion says:

    What a beautiful update, Jennie.

  14. petespringerauthor says:

    Wishes are beautiful, as is your tree, any time of the year.

  15. I love that idea. Do you add new ones? Take down those that are fulfilled? Hmm… My brain is spinning.

  16. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photo and a beautiful idea to make a wish tree. Are the wishes *refreshed* every so often? What happens if one flies away? Does a child become discouraged or encouraged by that?

    • Jennie says:

      These are great questions, Ally. Well, the wishtree is barely a year old. So far, nothing has blown away. We picked great rolls of cloth that would last. Children remember the whole experience of making a wish and tying it onto the tree. We climbed ladders with children. It was wonderful. I doubt children remember their specific wish; more importantly they remember how special it was to make a wish and create a wishtree. That’s far more important in the long run.

  17. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is beautiful!

  18. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Please enjoy this wonderful post from the extraordinary teacher, Jennie!

  19. Love this – reminds me of a phrase/image/tune I’ve had in my mind for a few years…”The Dreaming Tree”. Hanging wishes/dreams with scraps of fabric comes to mind as a very wistful & quilty thing to do, too!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Of course I want more details. Do the kids share the wishes or are they private? Do they come down at some point? Do you ever hear if any of the wishes come true? I love the images.

  21. joylennick says:

    Oh, what a delightful thing to do. In school or home yard! Love it. xx

  22. VeesDiary says:

    Really loved that, so so fun and interesting

  23. Jane Risdon says:

    Jennie, I love all your photos and especially of New England. I spent some time in New Hampshire some years ago. It is beautiful.

  24. A lovely post, Jennie. The wish tree is a fantastic idea.

  25. swamiyesudas says:

    Wonderful, my Dear Annie! Sadly, India has no tradition of this at all.

  26. Great, you have preserved the wish-tree all over the winter storms. xx Michael

  27. ishika mandelia says:

    This post made my heart smile. It’s beautiful 😍

  28. Norah says:

    And gorgeous in every one!

  29. Amruta says:

    Wonderful post.
    Amazing tree.

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