***This blog was written before we implemented distance learning. There are not adequate words to describe how much teachers are missing their students. They cannot wait until the time when they can return to campus for tree walks and distance free teachable moments.
Did you know that CCA has over 20 different species of trees on our campus? Did you know there are more than 25 Live Oak trees that adorn our lawns? These trees not only speak to God’s beauty in creation, but they also provide an excellent opportunity for our students to learn.
Each year as part of our botany unit, my fourth graders take a “Tree Walk” to put their botany knowledge to the test in the outdoors. They identify whether each tree is an angiosperm or gymnosperm, deciduous or evergreen, and what kind of seed, fruit, or cone it produces. I love how their confidence grows as we look at each type of tree. They are almost surprised to see how much what they've learned in the classroom applies to creation outside the Grammar School walls.
As we spent the day strolling campus, I couldn’t help but think about the parallel between the trees and my students. From afar, one might generalize, “they’re all trees” or “they’re a bunch of children.” However, closer observation reveals the beauty and uniqueness of each one.
This Catalpa tree has seed pods.
She sticks out her tongue when she’s thinking hard.
The Burr Oak has giant acorns.
He loves making Biblical connections in his academic studies.
God made every child uniquely special with given purposes, talents, and characteristics to be used to His glory. I pray that at CCA we are growing students to be like our campus’s trees - with deep roots in knowing their Lord and Savior and tall branches with shining leaves that attract others to Him.
“In the same way let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16