Elder Tree harnesses the power of nature and community through gardens, farms and forests to promote health and wholeness.
Elder Tree encourages free exploration by our students - either in their own backyard, or in a local neighborhood park. Our goal is for our students to develop a creative bond with the natural word that sparks wonder that will lead them to the path of wisdom and wellness.
Each class centers on an essential question: Why do the cliff swallows return to Southern California in March? How does a roly poly breathe? What plants can I eat? How long does it take for a mung bean to sprout?
Once the students have formed a question in their own minds we give them tools to investigate and discover new answers.Together we work to see with new eyes. The study of life begins with our senses. Nature reveals beauty and intricate vision in hidden moments for those who wait, watch and listen.
We listened to your songs, bird calls, follow the swallow story, and [my son] drew a swallow since we do not have printer Set up. Later today we will go outside for nature nugget hunt and maybe to gather materials to put on top of swallow—although [my son] may not want to cover up his drawing. Thanks for working so hard on lesson development. Very helpful for homeschooling. Your songs sound amazing online!!
Thank you! Although we missed the meetup yesterday you inspired us to take a lovely walk — enjoying time and nature in our greenbelt. The girls had such an awesome time! Swinging on someone’s homemade tree swing, picking purple flowers (and making bouquets for mommy), running up and down hills, finding rolly pollies, examining rocks, playing with sticks, and picking and enjoying sweet grass. Thank you so much for the inspiration. You are a blessing.
Thank you so much for all that you’re doing for our kids. These crafts you and your team are putting together are amazing. And the links you’ve provided are so helpful. Thank you!
Thank you for an awesome class, today! The girls wanted you to see their (edible) sedimentary rock models. So much fun making them, and we learned a lot this week.
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