Category Archives: Arts Books for Children

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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Picture Books Celebrating Canada’s Indigenous Art

 “If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it.” ~Johan Huizing 2017 has given me many opportunities to explore history from the perspective of Indigenous peoples, through various arts events.  I have heard a beautiful performance by … 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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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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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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Dazzling Picture Books about Dance

“The world is full of poetry.  The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.”  ~ James Gates Percival This summer I attended the Dusk Dances at Withrow … Continue reading

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Storytelling with Young Children

“I think storytelling is all about children.  We human beings love to hear stories being told – and it first happens when you’re a kid.” ~ David Chase This month, kindergarten children at my school participated in a special program … Continue reading

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An Arts Curriculum in Forty Minutes

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives” – William A. Foster These past few months I have had forty … Continue reading

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Fabulous Picture Books about Jazz

“Jazz music is America’s past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it.  The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come. It … Continue reading

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