Category Archives: art

The Final Letter

As soon as the school year is over and the dust has settled, my final letter to families is a reflection of the school year.  It takes families through the highlights so they can relive those moments and classroom experiences … Continue reading

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“The” Invitation From a Former Student

I got an invitation most every teacher dreams about.  But first I need to tell you about this student: I remember my students.  I love them.  Some stick with me more than others, and Colin was one of those students.  … Continue reading

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Self Portraits

My favorite year-end art project, children drawing a picture of themselves and comparing it to the drawing they made at the start of the school year. Look at how they’ve grown! Jennie

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A Visit to The Eric Carle Museum

Just when I thought I might not discover something new, my recent visit to the Eric Carle Museum proved me very wrong.  Everything I experienced and saw was very new.  Lucky me! The main event was the museum’s annual Barbara … Continue reading

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Children Around the World – Sending Cards

In April we celebrate Children Around the World. We started with our Big Book Atlas. Then we studied the world, talking about children everywhere. Look at our arms – we are all different, yet much the same. We made cards … Continue reading

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Gloria Goes To Washington – Part 3, the Finale

In Part 2, Gloria saw the White House and an Egyptian Mummy at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Part 3 Hey Aqua Room, Gloria had a really exciting day yesterday.  First she went to the Spy Museum!  It was pretty … Continue reading

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Visiting the Art Show

Last week I took the children and their families to see the Art Show.  It has been two years since we took a field trip.  As you can imagine, the event was eagerly anticipated by families as well as the … Continue reading

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Presenting the Art Show

“Art should make you feel, like music.” ~ Vasilly Kandinski ~ When children’s masterpieces were complete, framed and titled, I showed every work of art- slowly, with Vivaldi playing in the background.  I said nothing except the title of each … Continue reading

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More Music and Art – and Why I Teach

Music has been a great inspiration, and children have truly created wonderful works of art. When I think of classical music inspiring children I immediately think of the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma playing for Mr. Rogers. This video clip speaks … Continue reading

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Music Inspires Art

Children are painting in earnest, working on their own masterpieces, preparing for our annual Art Show.  We have studied Van Gogh, Picasso, Kandinsky, Monet and Matisse.  The range of art is as diverse as the interests of the children.  That’s … Continue reading

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