Category Archives: Curriculum in Early Childhood

Suggestions for creating arts-based activity plans for young children

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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Valentines for Veterans – From Our Hearts to Yours

“For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you’re called to do so we can safely do what we’re free to do.” ~ Unknown Each year on November 11, a special assembly takes place where I work, to acknowledge Remembrance … Continue reading

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From Environmental Footprints to Environmental Handprints

“I care about climate change because of our children. I want to safeguard their future.” ~ Cate Blanchett In recent weeks I have attended some really thought-provoking workshops and a conference about climate change. The focus has been on how … Continue reading

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Making A Spectacular October Pumpkin Blanket

“How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and colour are their last days.” ~ John Burroughs Autumn is my favourite time of the year. I love wearing my hand-knit woollen sweaters. I love to notice the changing … Continue reading

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A Dot Day Inquiry

“Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” ~ Peter H. Reynolds, The Dot In early September I attended a workshop on inquiry-based learning environments presented by Susan Stacey. Throughout what I knew would be a wonderful day, participants … Continue reading

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Toronto’s ArtsJunktion: A Magical Place Where Creativity Lives

“The really magical things are the ones that happen right in front of you. A lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with a bit more intention, you see … Continue reading

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Creativity and Coping with Bullying

“I had a hard time with bullying in school, so being creative was my outlet.” ~ Ashley Nell Tipton I was an introverted, quiet child.  Sometimes it took me longer to try new things than it took other more self-assured … Continue reading

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