Mining in a Treetop: Education Matters

Providing ideas and encouragement to parents, teachers, family members, and anyone else who works with or cares about children of any age.

Many years ago I founded a tiny private school as an alternative for families who didn’t feel they had an appropriate placement for their child.

I rented a room in a tutoring business, moving to my own acre in the woods the next year. In that first place, there was a huge sprawling tree which could hold about a dozen kids, so it was a grand place to go on Fridays.

My philosophy was that school should be as much fun as a treetop. I thought of myself as mining in a treetop–mining the valuable golden ore of the future by encouraging students and helping them develop their minds and lives.


Running the school involved telling the children stories. Some were about those very children, their classroom, and their school yard tales.

Parents often said, “Just help us get through the year!” So I wrote psychoeducational articles for parents, teachers, and others.

I often observed nostalgic humor out of the mouths of my students as they went through their daily tasks. I wrote many of those down with tender admiration of their thinking processes. Children are new to the world–they see things through fresh eyes.

Copyright 2014 by Hildra Tague. Obtain permission for use either online or in print.

About grantutor

Career educator in both public and private schools. Has tutored all ages. Writes about education, parenting, & seniors. Sings harmony with folk/rock group and a choir. Caregiver for spouse who dealt with Stage IV cancer. Happy person committed to nature and conservation of a green world.
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