Category Archives: Activities to Enjoy

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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“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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