Category Archives: Arts Books for Children

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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Exploring the Art Techniques of Picture Book Illustrators

“There is no line between fine art and illustration; there is no high or low art; there is only art, and it comes in many forms.” ~ James Gurney This past week the children in my class have been creating … Continue reading

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Picture Books that Teach Young Children about Art

“What is art but a way of seeing?” ~ Thomas Berger As a follow up to the last blog post about introducing children to art, here is a collection of picture books that invite young children to explore different aspects of … Continue reading

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A Second Helping of Friendship Soup

“Every quilter has a masterpiece within.” ~ Author unknown Last month, I wrote about how our learning experiences related to Thanksgiving could be infused with the arts.  We discovered how making soup could be extended and enriched when we added … Continue reading

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Friendship Soup

“Soup is the song of the hearth…  and the home.” ~ Louis P. De Gouy Last week, a group of children collaborated to make “Friendship Soup.” What better way to celebrate the approach of Thanksgiving than to prepare a special … Continue reading

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