Category Archives: Arts Books for Children

A Dot Day Inquiry

“Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” ~ Peter H. Reynolds, The Dot In early September I attended a workshop on inquiry-based learning environments presented by Susan Stacey. Throughout what I knew would be a wonderful day, participants … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Meets Kusama

“I have been using polka dots since I was a very young child.  Only after that, it seems, have they been used throughout the rest of the art world.” ~ Yayoi Kusama Art Night is a very special event where … Continue reading

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Creating Gifts for Mother’s Day

“Mothers are the fountain of creation.” ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah Preparing for Mother’s Day has made the classroom a busy place with much going on.  We have been making cards that include coupon books with hand written promises to do something thoughtful … 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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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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Music Resources that Encourage French Language Learning

“Music is the universal language of [hu]mankind.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow It has been one of my deepest regrets in life that I was not brought up bilingual.  Given that I have both British and French-Canadian roots, it would have … 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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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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I Am Canada: Beautiful Picture Books about Snow

“Canada is about possibilities.  Dreams can come true here.”  ~ Ruth Ohi Recently I saw a wonderful exhibit at the TD Gallery of the Toronto Reference Library called “I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art.” There were many illustrations … Continue reading

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