The wishing tree

wished for the year
Wishing tree

I read this wonderful book this summer, Crafting Calm by Maggie Oman Shannon.  She didn’t have this project in there, but I was inspired to create this wishing “tree.”  It’s not a real tree, as you can see, but it is a branch hung from the ceiling of my classroom.  I had lots of painted watercolor paper laying around, so I cut out some shapes and invited each of the parents to write something they wished to get out of our parent child or something they wished for their families.  I gave them some crayons–and some paper for the children to draw on, too.  I also let them know that it was fine if the children wanted to draw on their wishes.  We then hung them up on the branch.  I look at it every day, and it inspires me.

happiness, peace, love
happiness, peace, love
A wish for joy
A wish for joy










And here is one wish that I am not sure I will be able to fulfill—

to learn some cool new dance moves
to learn some cool new dance moves

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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