Tree Sessions

Tree Sessions

Spring is a time of great awakening for the Earth. It is a magical time when the barren trees start to grow leaves and wildflowers sprout from the ground. This is a great opportunity to plan sessions around topics related to the Earth. For Early Childhood populations, or clients who suffer from cognitive impairment early scientific concepts will reinforce what they are learning in school. For residents in long term care facilities or Geriatric populations, this topic can serve as a tool for time orientation.
The purpose of this post is not to provide session plans, but resources and materials for our readers to use in your own session planning. I hope you enjoy this collection of songs, books, and poems about trees. Please feel share withl us how you incorporate Spring and Nature topics into your own sessions!

Songs about trees
Children Songs:

Classical:

  • “Die zwei blauen Augen” from Songs of a Wayfarer by Gustav Mahler
  • “Der Lindenbaum” from Winterreise by Franz Schubert
  • Sibelius – 5 Pieces for Piano, op. 75
    • When the Rowan Tree Flowers
    • The Solitary Fir Tree
    • The Aspen
    • The Birch Tree
    • The Spruce
  • Woodland Sketches by Edward MacDowell
  • The 4 Seasons by A. Vivaldi

All other genres:

  • Ombra Mai Fu (Aria by G. F. Handel)
  • Little Willow by Paul McCartney
  • What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  • The Trees by Rush
  • Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
  • In My Tree by Pearl Jam
  • A Forest by The Cure
  • Shaking the Tree by Peter Gabriel
  • Lemon Tree by Peter Paul and Mary
  • A Thousand Trees by Stereophonics
  • A Day in the Life of a Tree by the Beach Boys
  • Planting Trees by Counting Stars

 

Children’s Books about Trees

  • Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
  • The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
  • Fernando’s Gift by Douglas Keister
  • Winter Trees by Carole Gerber and Leslie Evans
  • Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire Nivola
  • Cherry Tree by Ruskin Bond and Allan Eitzen
  • The Great Paper Caper by Oliver JEffers
  • Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Trees by Jim Arnosky
  • The Tree Book: For Kids and Their Grown-Ups by Gina Ingoglia

 

Poems About Trees:

think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
—From “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer

    Earth’s the right place for love:
I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven…
—From “Birches” by Robert Frost

Give some tree the gift of green again.
Let one bird sing.
—From “When Autumn Came” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
    translated by Naomi Lazard

More Tree poems can be found here: https://projects.ncsu.edu/project/treesofstrength/poems.htm
Tree Themed Activities
– Pin the Leaf on the Tree
– Arm movements with Scarves
– Draw a tree trunk and glue colorful tissue paper or other craft materials onto the branches
Tree Coloring Pages: http://www.first-school.ws/theme/coloring-pages/trees.htm

Fun Facts About Trees
http://www.treesaregood.org/funfacts.aspx 

Organizations
 – Plant a Tree Today Foundation
http://www.pattfoundation.org
 – National Forrest Foundation
https://www.nationalforests.org/get-involved/tree-planting-programs
 – One Tree Planted
https://onetreeplanted.org

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