Category Archives: Curriculum in Early Childhood

Suggestions for creating arts-based activity plans for young children

Welcome Spring: A Robin’s Nest Inquiry

“When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all.” ~ E.O. Wilson Robins are a common sight in my neighbourhood. I confess that they have never captured my attention the way that the … Continue reading

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Creative Canadian Women: Five Extraordinary Artists Celebrated in Picture Books

“You’ve got to keep the child alive; you can’t create without it.” ~ Joni Mitchell Women’s History Month takes place in March, and allows us to celebrate the contribution and achievements of women throughout history to the present day.  I … Continue reading

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Mindfulness in the Virtual Kindergarten Classroom

“One of the great things about children is that they have no other concern than to be simply interested in things. It is considered by some the height of mindfulness to approach the world afresh like a child.” ~ John … Continue reading

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Six Splendid Stories about Snowmen

“I remember that winter because it had brought the heaviest snows I had ever seen. Snow had fallen steadily all night long and in the morning I woke in a room filled with light and silence, the whole world seemed … Continue reading

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Remembrance and Rangoli: November, Dark and Light

“Unless we remember, we cannot understand.” ~ E.M. Forster This past week in our classroom we took time to honour Remembrance Day and Diwali. At our virtual assembly, we joined the world in a moment of silence to show our gratitude for the peace … Continue reading

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Indigenous Perspectives in Education: A Personal and Professional Journey

“I think that reconciliation begins with self. There is reconciling at different levels of our being, and it’s not only until we connect with ourselves at those levels—whether it’s emotionally, spiritually, physically or intellectually—that we can also move into other … Continue reading

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Outdoor Education: A Frontline Perspective on Implementing a Forest School Program

“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.” ~ Thomas Berry As we prepare for children’s return to school in the fall, there is much concern – from children, … Continue reading

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Notes on Noticing: My Nature Journaling Journey

“Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher.” ~  William Wordsworth As I write this post, I am sitting on my deck, trying to focus on my surroundings and to use my senses to relate in some … Continue reading

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Picture Books about Planting: Sowing Seeds of Wonder

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” ~ Swedish Proverb During this time of self-isolation, getting outdoors to observe and enjoy spring’s arrival is not always easy. And not everyone has a backyard or … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Planning 101: Ways Parents can Teach at Home During Self-Isolation

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats This post is for parents wondering how to address their child’s concerns about COVID-19, and make their well-being a priority while ensuring that learning … Continue reading

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