Category Archives: Activities to Enjoy

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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Inspired by the Songs of Birds

“Bring awareness to the many subtle sounds of nature – the rustling of leaves in the wind, raindrops falling, the humming of an insect, the first birdsong at dawn.” ~ Eckhart Tolle Last summer, I camped at Long Point, a … 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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Art as Meditation

gentle sway of breeze brush of bamboo leaves – music strings the night in gold ~ Mary Grace Guevara http://everydayamazin.blogspot.ca For several months, children in my class have had the opportunity to practice meditation, deep breathing and relaxation techniques as … 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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A Reflection on Creativity in 2016

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. ~Thomas Merton 2016 has been a year of losses, particularly in the arts world – David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and so many … Continue reading

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Inviting Children into the World of Poetry

“To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.” ~ Octavio Paz Teaching has inspired me to explore the treasure trove of poems available for sharing with young … 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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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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