Category Archives: art

Why the Need for Art, Stories, Poems, and Music?

“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “ Wise words from Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005: Children need art and … Continue reading

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Turns 50 at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

William Steig is one of my favorite author/illustrators.  I have most of his books.  I’ve been reading his books to children since I started teaching thirty-five years ago.  Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, one of his best, turned 50 years … Continue reading

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Bridges, Old and New

Bridges Along the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut where every bridge is different, and old. Art Deco at its best. The Tappan Zee bridge over the Hudson River in New York. Newly constructed. Modern architecture at its best. Being surrounded by … Continue reading

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A Field Trip to the Art Show

Children and families and teachers went on a field trip to see the Art Show. Seeing is believing. It’s also loving, and empowering.  In the words of fellow blogger  Laura Bruno Lilly, these children are ‘heartists’ – artists with heart. … Continue reading

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Art and Music and Italy – Part 4 – the Finale

Weeks of hard work + joy = great satisfaction and achievement.  That is the perfect equation, exactly how my preschoolers felt when they finally saw their art, their hard work, their masterpieces, mounted and framed. You would think after a … Continue reading

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Art and Music and Italy – Part 3

In Part 1, children began to learn about Italy through maps and a big atlas. First we ‘travelled’, then we learned fun facts (pretzels were invented in Italy, pasta was not).  We learned that opera is from Italy, and children … Continue reading

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Art and Music and Italy – Part 2

A journey with children is much like a walk on a path.  There are many things to discover along the way, and there are multiple junctions, crossroads and turns.  The children direct which turn to take – if I pay … Continue reading

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