Our School Counselor, Therese Schreiner, has been teaching and counseling students for 52 years, and she has learned a lot on her journey. Every week she shares words of wisdom with our community. This week Mrs. Schreiner is suggesting a fun Tree of Life project!
TREE OF LIFE
This week, I thought I would like to suggest a project that you and your child could work on together. Do this on a day when your child has completed an assignment or when he is in a mood for something else. The purpose of this project is to represent a visual evaluation of their strengths, the difficult tasks they have mastered, what things that have gotten in their way, and the people who have helped them during this new type of learning By taking time to do this, students will be able to see just what they have accomplished during these past two months and what needs to be done in the remaining weeks of E-learning. Parents will know the ability of their own child, but I highly recommend this for those in grades 3-8. Parents feel free to adapt this to your children in the lower grades, as well.
Have the child draw a picture of a tree, on a large sheet of blank paper. The tree should show its roots, its trunk, its branches some smooth, some snarled, and of course, the budding leaves. The specific illustrations of each part of the tree should be large enough to write on it the following:
*Roots-“Strengths I have used”
*Branches-“Difficult tasks I have mastered”
*Knots-“Things that got in my way, like impatience, temper, etc”
*Leaves-“All the people who helped me along the way”
On the blades of grass on which this tree grows, should be printed the “TO DO” assignments.
The Tree of Life can be colored or drawn with colored pencils and use a pen or pencil for printing.
Place it somewhere that can be seen daily by the child, such as a mirror or on the refrigerator or in another prominent place. This is the visual reminder students need to motivate them during these next few weeks.
GOOD LUCK! STAY WELL!