The mission of the Tree of Life Literacy Circle is simple and
direct: To guide students of all ages to find within themselves
the desire and courage to embrace the joy of reading and the love
of nature, by providing them the opportunity to combine reading
books about the horses and other animals at The Four Harmony Foundation,
and actually meeting and working with these same animal friends.
Overview of The Tree of Life Literacy Circle
The goal of The Tree of Life Literacy Circle is to foster a love
of reading and nature in students of all ages. This will be accomplished
in the following ways. A facilitator from The Four Harmony Foundation
will come to the regular classroom setting to share experiences,
stories and pictures about the animals that live there. Books
about the animal friends that live at the farm will be given to
students to read and keep. Hands-on, teacher led activities will
be provided to the classroom teacher. These activities could include
but not be limited to storytelling, role playing appropriate treatment
of animals, student written plays, art projects, animal research,
lobbying for animal rights, volunteering at the local animal shelter,
and writing original animal stories.
At a later time, students will take a field trip to the farm to
meet and actually work with the animals they have met through
the books they have read. Follow-up projects will involve reading
other animal stories, participating in activities relating to
the new stories, and further visits to the farm.
A farm-based project will be designed by students, teachers, and
the facilitator to provide students with first hand experience
in designing and creating a special area of the farm, dedicated
to the students in honor of the work they have accomplished. Examples
of this project might include creating: butterfly and hummingbird
gardens, herb and vegetable gardens, handicapped accessible nature
trails, and outdoor reading areas.
These projects will be age appropriate and based on the abilities
of the students.
Experiential learning is a valuable and integral part of education.
When students are excited about and have ownership of their learning
experiences, and actually participate in real-life activities
that make a difference in the lives of others, they experience
themselves as valuable people with much to offer the community
at large. It is our dream to facilitate this learning through
The Tree of Life Literacy Circle.