Category Archives: Activities to Enjoy

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

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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

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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

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WANTED Posters: The Art of Self-Esteem

“Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world no matter what you look like.” ~ Unknown For several weeks there has been a focus in my classroom on well-being, kindness, and what we like about ourselves.  We have looked at … Continue reading

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Big, Bigger, Biggest Pumpkin: A Creative Measurement Inquiry

“The heart of science is measurement.” ~ Erik Brynjolfsson Years ago I worked with a group of young children who loved the book Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman.  They listened to the cassette tape so many times that I had eventually … Continue reading

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Creative Learning with Loose Parts

“Loose parts enhance children’s ability to think imaginatively and see solutions, and they bring a sense of adventure and excitement to children’s play.” ~ Daly and Beloglovsky, Loose Parts, 2015 Recently I attended a workshop on loose parts.  I’ve watched … Continue reading

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A Bouquet of Beautiful Books about the Garden

“Songs of soft petals, and songs of leaves, we dance all the blooms in our breeze bouquet.” ~ George Shannon, Dancing the Breeze With the climbing temperatures and the children’s growing interest in flowers, leaves and living things, I felt … Continue reading

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The Magical Power of Poetry in Kindergarten

“I have always liked the magic of poetry but now I’m just starting to see behind the curtain of even the best poets, how they’ve used, tried and tested craft to create the illusion. Wonderful feeling of exhilaration to finally … Continue reading

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A Valentines Day STEM Challenge

  “I’m like the kid in kindergarten; I really do send Valentines to everyone.” ~ Susie Bright Children at my school participate in a lot of STEM challenges.  For those unfamiliar with this concept, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and … Continue reading

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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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