Category Archives: Teacher Education

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

 “If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it.” ~Johan Huizing 2017 has given me many opportunities to explore history from the perspective of Indigenous peoples, through various arts events.  I have heard a beautiful performance by … 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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The Value of Dance in the Lives of Children: An Interview with Kharen Westbye

 “Let us first teach little children to breathe, to vibrate, to feel, and to become one with the general harmony and movement of nature. Let us first produce a beautiful human being, a dancing child.”  ~Isadora Duncan For over 10 … 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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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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