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The Story Behind the Mini Tree House

Beily Paluch

Many years ago, I read an article about a sixth-grade teacher in a large American city in the West. He wanted to give his class an opportunity to enjoy what their peers out in the country could experience: the great outdoors. But how to bring the rolling green hills into his classroom?

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

He went to a local plant nursery and bought planters. He filled his supply closet with craft sticks, toothpicks, felt, construction paper, colored string, and imitation grass. Then he asked the boys to bring in twigs from trees or bushes in their yards. The goal: to build a mini tree house. Each boy planted his twig in a flowerpot, and the fun began. Whenever there was 20 minutes left at the end of class, the craft supplies would come out, and the boys would work on their projects. In the beginning, they concentrated on building a basic structure, but as the season progressed, the tree houses became increasingly complex, with each student adding details, limited only by his imagination. 

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