Have you ever had a special tree in your life? I’ve had lots—the trees I climbed in my Pennsylvania yard as a kid, the one I got stuck in after a sledding mishap (stupid crabapple thorns), and the ones we planted to commemorate when our children were born. Beautiful trees, and beautiful memories (or mostly, once again I say, stupid crabapple thorns…).
This week you have a chance to win A Year Around the Great Oak (Floris/Steiner), which tells the story of three cousins and a special 300-year-old oak in the forest. The back of the book has handy info about the life of an oak tree, how trees eat and drink, and more.
To enter the random drawing, submit a comment to this blog to let us know your favorite tree of all time. It can be a real tree or a tree from a book (The Giving Tree, Winnie the Pooh’s tree in the Hundred Acre Wood, the Whomping Willow in Harry Potter… so many choices!). Send your comment by Thursday, November 7. Congratulations to our lucky winner Karen Dilworth!
Ready to branch out? Here are some great gardening grants and other freebies to check out this week:
KidsGardening has just opened several grant programs, including Carton 2 Garden, Budding Botanist, and the Youth Garden Grant. Grants come with cash, supplies, educational materials, and more. Visit kidsgardening.org/grants.
Annie’s Grants for Gardens are all about helping kids think holistically about their food, communities, and planet. Applications are due November 1. Visit annies.com/giving-back/grants-for-gardens.
Looking for a new way for individualized instruction to take root in your class? Try a free 45-day trial of Essential Skills Software. Designed for K–6 reading, math, science, and ELL, the software works on iPad, Chromebook, PC, Mac, and Android. After a student completes a pretest, the software creates an individualized program to target each student’s learning gaps. Click here to take a look.
Bring on those tree tales!