Category Archives: Curriculum in Early Childhood

Suggestions for creating arts-based activity plans for young children

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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Life in the Pond

“The friendship we share grows amidst the craggy rock pond; reeds of water spray fireflies scented with bonfires.” ~ Bradley Chicho With the weather warming up, and nature waking up, it seemed like an ideal time to learn about living … Continue reading

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“I am an Artist” Alphabet

“The alphabet was one thing when applied to clay or stone, and quite another when set down on light papyrus.” ~ Marshall McLuhan I have long been fascinated by the different pencil grasps that children use as they learn to … Continue reading

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The Salamander Room: Our Celebration of Earth Day

“We really want to raise awareness this year about salamanders.” ~ Tom Cleveland For several months nature has been a strong focus of interest in my classroom.  We have explored butterfly migration, pumpkins, hibernation, climate change, and now, in honour … Continue reading

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Wonderful Watercolours

 ”I do tend to use watercolors – I love the splatter sort of thing you can do with watercolors.” ~ Mini Grey Anyone who pays attention to my blog must know by now that that my posts are as much … Continue reading

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Ladybugs in December?

 We owe at least this much to future generations,  from whom we have borrowed a fragile planet called Earth. ~ Maurice Strong This year began with a very important and engaging inquiry in my classroom.  Usually at this time of … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams, Little Animals

“But I do feel a little teeny right now that I’m just about ready to start, and winter is entering.  Half past autumn has arrived.” ~ Gordon Parks Since the school year started, I have become really intrigued with engaging … Continue reading

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And That’s How a Pumpkin Grows!

“Talking about pumpkins does not make them grow.” ~ African Proverb For me October is always an inspiring and festive month.  Thanksgiving provides the opportunity for me to reflect on my many blessings, and of course there is participating in all of … Continue reading

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Dazzling Picture Books about Dance

“The world is full of poetry.  The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.”  ~ James Gates Percival This summer I attended the Dusk Dances at Withrow … Continue reading

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