Author Archives: Lullabies

Remembrance and Rangoli: November, Dark and Light

“Unless we remember, we cannot understand.” ~ E.M. Forster This past week in our classroom we took time to honour Remembrance Day and Diwali. At our virtual assembly, we joined the world in a moment of silence to show our gratitude for the peace … Continue reading

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Indigenous Perspectives in Education: A Personal and Professional Journey

“I think that reconciliation begins with self. There is reconciling at different levels of our being, and it’s not only until we connect with ourselves at those levels—whether it’s emotionally, spiritually, physically or intellectually—that we can also move into other … Continue reading

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Outdoor Education: A Frontline Perspective on Implementing a Forest School Program

“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.” ~ Thomas Berry As we prepare for children’s return to school in the fall, there is much concern – from children, … Continue reading

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Notes on Noticing: My Nature Journaling Journey

“Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher.” ~  William Wordsworth As I write this post, I am sitting on my deck, trying to focus on my surroundings and to use my senses to relate in some … Continue reading

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Creating Art in a Time of Crisis

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” ~ Joseph Campbell Certain things have kept moving for me, even while the pandemic has caused the world to press the pause button on our daily lives. … Continue reading

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Picture Books about Planting: Sowing Seeds of Wonder

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” ~ Swedish Proverb During this time of self-isolation, getting outdoors to observe and enjoy spring’s arrival is not always easy. And not everyone has a backyard or … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Planning 101: Ways Parents can Teach at Home During Self-Isolation

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats This post is for parents wondering how to address their child’s concerns about COVID-19, and make their well-being a priority while ensuring that learning … Continue reading

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Coping with the COVID-19 Crisis: Keeping our Kids Curious and Creative

“There is no education like adversity.”– Benjamin Disraeli This blog post has been created for all of those being affected by the world’s current health situation – it is for teachers, early childhood educators, care providers, families, parents and children. We … Continue reading

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Arctic Animals Inspired by Inuit Art

“Artists draw what they think… and what they have seen also. But sometimes they draw from their imaginations something that doesn’t exist anywhere in the world.” ~ Pudlo Pudlat I want to share my classroom’s exploration of Inuit art (an … Continue reading

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Critical Literacy and the Portrayal of the Inuit in Children’s Picture Books

What began in my classroom as an inquiry about Arctic animals slowly evolved into a deeper conversation about the Inuit – their relationship with, reliance on and spiritual connection to the animals with whom they share the land. A window … Continue reading

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