Category Archives: Arts Books for Children

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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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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