'The Story of the Sacred Tree'

‘The Story of the Sacred Tree’ presented at 4:30 pm Thursday 16th February, at The Bohemian Cafe & Gallery in Bracebridge.  Presented in 3 parts: the first originates from the oral storytelling tradition of the First Nations peoples which was published by the Four Worlds Development Project in 1984; the second part is based on a true event which occurred in the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1997, with a golden Sitka spruce sacred to the Haida; the final part was created by Caroline Butson in 2006 with the launching of the Tree of Life Centre for Creativity. There will be a slideshow presentation following of the student’s artwork and their unique interpretation of this legend.  Come and experience this story of myth, madness and greed for the first time presented in the Muskoka community!


Modeling Animals with Clay

Yesterday the kids had great fun modeling animals with clay.  Madelyne started everyone off with her giraffe that she gave a long moustache and a beard we called the Fu Man Chu Giraffe.  Megan created a bunny rabbit she called Sad Gerald.  Leela modeled an unknown creature with a monacle and a moustache. They acted out some of Part 3 of the Story of the Sacred Tree which Megan recorded with the iPhone4 and everyone got to watch the video afterwards.  We went outdoors in spite of the drizzle to plant our sunflower seedlings in the garden – this was their first experience planting ever.  They drew up weather and human geography charts and then presented their chart to the rest of the class.

The Story of the Sacred Tree

Here is this morning’s entry from my teaching journal in which I record the progress of each class.

“I felt uplifted and good about yesterday’s class – ‘Creative Art Adventures’  We all had fun learning and laughed alot as we acted out the ‘Story of the Sacred Tree’ Part 2.  The boys both wanted to be the ‘bad guy’ who tries to cut down the Tree of Life so I gave them both the opportunity by going over it a couple of times.  Evan had a wicked smile on his face as he got his chain saw going and got into the roar of the engine,  meanwhile Trevor waited for his turn trying to contain his excitement.  He was the Golden Eagle perched on top of the Tree ( Megan was the Tree of Life) who later swoops down and grazes the shoulder of the man to try to stop him from cutting down the Sacred Tree.  Madelyne wanted to be a chipmunk and she had fun scurrying around the base of the Tree.  Leela was just about everyone else switching from one to the next,  first the Elders then the Salmon,  then the Racoon, the Deer , the Wolf and finally last but not least the Rabbit.

The second time round Evan narrated the story while Trevor got to be the ‘bad guy’ he got to stamp his boots and show off his new running shoes which flashed their lights each time he stomped.  Madelyne still wanted to be the chipmunk.  Leela became the Sacred Tree while Megan got to be everyone else.  I made a video clip with my iPhone4 and everyone got to watch themselves afterwards which produced  peals of laughter.

We went outdoors and observed the fresh new growth of spring.  The old maple tree has just budding it’s new leaves.   The garden has burst forth this week with all the rain and sunshine we have had”.


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I agree with Bonita Darula that videos and DVD’s can be excellent learning tools.  You can also easily access videos on YouTube.com and show them on a laptop if you have access to the internet in your classroom.

I have a portable projector which I use to show slideshows of digital photographs I have taken on different subjects.  For example we watched a slideshow of photos I had taken at the Grand Canyon then from that,  Evan made up a short story about traveling through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River.  We were studying the element of water and this prompted a discussion about areas in the world where water is scarce and the need to conserve fresh drinking water to live. You can engage the children in taking their own photos and videos in the classroom or outdoors in nature on any subject that interests them. I will write more about that in the following blog…

Have you ever wondered how you can teach your child with autism to help them succeed? Teaching children with autism to learn with videos and digital video discs (DVDs) can be one of the best materials for learning.

Find out what your child is interested in or where the weak areas for learning are. For example, it may be counting, math, reading, the alphabet, play time, engaging with friends, hygiene, toilet training, getting along with siblings and other family members, brushing teeth, etc. There could be other interests of learning how to draw, ride a bicycle, swim, ride a horse, play baseball, dance, put puzzles together,etc.

Each individual with the disorder of autism has many areas that are strong and other areas that are fragmented. Never compare your child to another child within your family or outside your family. Work with your child to develop his or her strong strengths to them succeed.

Obtain videos, digital video discs (DVDs) from the section for children, in your local stores or libraries,local markets or where they carry these items. You can choose from many selections of various learning techniques pertaining to children with autism. They are excellent learning tools.

Remember, most individuals who have the disorder of autism are visual people. They do better by understanding directions and learning with visual concepts.

Try to choose the videos and digital video discs (DVDs) according to your child that has a weakness in a certain area or a strong interest, that will help your child to succeed. But, do not overload your child with that one area.

Involve diversity with the teaching, by using visual instructions as much as possible. When your child seems to be grasping some of the learning techniques, expand on new interests that your child may have.

In other words, start by finding out and stay focused on weak areas, to develop learning and teaching skills for your child. Keep it simple, fun, and to the point where your child will not become frustrated or feel he or she is being pushed to learn, beyond their capacities.

Videos and digital video discs (DVDs) can help to keep your child focused on the learning methods, for the fact, they are not threatening, intimidating and they are visual, which helps your child to remember the tasks of learning better.

Enjoy learning with your child and be a part of the fun to help your child grow and open new doors as he or she develops new interests and desires new challenges for he or she to succeed. Take the time to watch and enjoy the information with your child and grow with him or her.

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