Category Archives: Arts Books for Children

Coping with the COVID-19 Crisis: Keeping our Kids Curious and Creative

“There is no education like adversity.”– Benjamin Disraeli This blog post has been created for all of those being affected by the world’s current health situation – it is for teachers, early childhood educators, care providers, families, parents and children. We … Continue reading

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Critical Literacy and the Portrayal of the Inuit in Children’s Picture Books

What began in my classroom as an inquiry about Arctic animals slowly evolved into a deeper conversation about the Inuit – their relationship with, reliance on and spiritual connection to the animals with whom they share the land. A window … Continue reading

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From Environmental Footprints to Environmental Handprints

“I care about climate change because of our children. I want to safeguard their future.” ~ Cate Blanchett In recent weeks I have attended some really thought-provoking workshops and a conference about climate change. The focus has been on how … Continue reading

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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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