Category Archives: Teacher Education

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

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Children's Music, Creative Art, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Exploring Creativity, Mindfulness, Music and Movement, Poetry, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Arts Books for Children, Children's Music, Creative Art, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Exploring Creativity, Music and Movement, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Arts Advocacy, Creative Art, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Arts Books for Children, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Arts Advocacy, Arts Books for Children, Creative Art, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Arts Advocacy, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Exploring Creativity, News about the Arts, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Curriculum in Early Childhood, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Making Space for a Makerspace

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” ~ Thomas Edison This blog post is about being a maker and the kind of learning environment that creates makers. Every educational environment needs a Makerspace that embraces the Universal … Continue reading

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Exploring Creativity, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pride: Poems, Paintings and Patchworks for Black History Month

“I can be anything…because I CAN and I want to.” ~ Mari Evans, from the poem “I Can” For the past few weeks in my classroom, we have read many books and explored different art forms including poetry, painting and … Continue reading

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Creative Art, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Poetry, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement: Picture Books for Children

“Meditation is to be aware of what is going on: in your body, in your feelings, in your mind and in the world.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh This is a small collection of picture books that invite children to think … Continue reading

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Arts Books for Children, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Mindfulness, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment