Category Archives: Curriculum in Early Childhood

Suggestions for creating arts-based activity plans for young children

How Young Children Benefit from Working with Clay

“I love to create, and to me, the ultimate freedom of expression is a blank canvas or a block of clay to capture whatever emotions your imagination gives it.” ~ Daniel Boulud Earlier in September a friend and I attended a … Continue reading

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Abstract Inspiration from the Quilts of Gee’s Bend

  “Our lives are like quilts – bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.” ~ Author Unknown For a few months now I have been exploring abstract painting. I discovered that I am particularly interested in combining watercolour … Continue reading

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Picture Books Celebrating Canada’s Indigenous Art

 “We have to grasp the wisdom of the old and introduce it into our present way of seeing.” ~ David Ruben Piqtoukun, 2003 2017 has given me many opportunities to explore history from the perspective of Indigenous peoples, through various … Continue reading

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Inspired by the Songs of Birds

“Bring awareness to the many subtle sounds of nature – the rustling of leaves in the wind, raindrops falling, the humming of an insect, the first birdsong at dawn.” ~ Eckhart Tolle Last summer, I camped at Long Point, a … Continue reading

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Children’s Impressions of Monet

“By the single example of this painter devoted to his art with such independence, my destiny as a painter opened out to me.” ~ Claude Monet Recently the children in my class participated in an exploration of the paintings of … Continue reading

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Art as Meditation

gentle sway of breeze brush of bamboo leaves – music strings the night in gold ~ Mary Grace Guevara http://everydayamazin.blogspot.ca For several months, children in my class have had the opportunity to practice meditation, deep breathing and relaxation techniques as … Continue reading

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Celebrating Lunar New Year in Kindergarten

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” — Chinese Proverb The Lunar New Year, a celebration which takes place between January 21st and February 20th , is a special time that the children I have taught truly … Continue reading

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Inviting Children into the World of Poetry

“To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.” ~ Octavio Paz Teaching has inspired me to explore the treasure trove of poems available for sharing with young … Continue reading

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Upbeat Books about Drums

 “Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that’s what we are.” ~ Mickey Hart Drums have had an important role in my life.  My older brother started taking lessons when he … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Learning

“Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water.  Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn.” ~ … Continue reading

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