Category Archives: Arts Books for Children

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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Talking to Children about Art

“A picture lives a life like a living creature, undergoing changes imposed on us by our life from day to day.  This is natural enough, as the picture lives only through the [person] who is looking at it.” ~ Pablo … Continue reading

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How Young Children Benefit from Working with Clay

“I love to create, and to me, the ultimate freedom of expression is a blank canvas or a block of clay to capture whatever emotions your imagination gives it.” ~ Daniel Boulud Earlier in September a friend and I attended a … Continue reading

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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

 “We have to grasp the wisdom of the old and introduce it into our present way of seeing.” ~ David Ruben Piqtoukun, 2003 2017 has given me many opportunities to explore history from the perspective of Indigenous peoples, through various … 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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