SECOND BONSAI CLASS SERIES
PART III
By Angela Jones Tillman (Silk Hope School, Siler City, North Carolina)
and David W. Fukumoto (Fuku-Bonsai, Kurtistown, Hawaii)

                As the bonsai unit ends, it's always fun to look back at the high-lights.  With this second course, we wanted to show the range of stylings made possible because of the introduction of three potted stylings.  So each of the two classes selected three of their classmates to be featured as winners in their categories.

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"HAWAIIAN DRAGON!"
  . . . swirling twirling trunks with creature-like qualities!

Ashley (8A)

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"SUMO!"
. . . short and stocky but a picture of health like a Japanese sumo warrior!

no photo (8A)

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"ROOTS!"
. . . long strong roots allow new design possibilities!

Milly (8A)

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"HAWAIIAN DRAGON!"
  . . . swirling twirling trunks with creature-like qualities!

Kevin (8C)

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"SUMO!"
. . . short and stocky but a picture of health like a Japanese sumo warrior!

Johnathan (whose in-progress photos are in the previous Part II

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"ROOTS!"
. . . long strong roots allow new design possibilities!

Jennie (8C)

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HAIKU!

 
Paco the Bonsai
This little tree grows
In all these crazy patterns,
Waiting to be pruned.
            ~Zack
 
 
Tender like a child
With no worries in it' world
Waiting to be loved
                    ~Derek
 
Roots clinging to soil
Reaching, growing, and digging
Like fingers searching
                     ~Russell
 
Big strong bonsai
Growing tall and green
Always and forever
                  ~Melly
 
Needing love and care
Slowly growing tall and strong
My bonsai you are
                    ~Teryn
 
My Tonto
My little Tonto
You are beautiful to me
The lord shall bless thee
                        ~Cody
 
Reaching for the sky
Your beautiful stems, they grow
Reaching straight and tall
                      ~Heather
 
You are like a mole
You love to dig in the dirt
Your roots are gorgeous
                       ~Brittany

COMMENTS BY ANGELA ON HAIKU: 

                The Haiku section of our Bonsai unit is probably one of my  favorites!   Simply stopping what we are doing, sitting still, and focusing on our plants and what they mean to us.  The students not only surprised me with the sincerity of some of the poems, but themselves as well! 

                It seems that the connection each student has with his/her Bonsai over the 6 week long lesson, develops and grows right along with the plants.   Initially, I heard complaints when the students were given the assignment to "write" about their bonsai, but afterwards, you could tell they were quite proud of what was accomplished.    Haiku tends to be a turning point in this unit.  Care and love for the plants always intensifies after the students express on paper what the plant means to him or her.

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