Category Archives: joy

Children and Art

Today we begin our month-long journey of creating masterpieces for our annual Art Show. “It took me a lifetime to learn to draw like a child.” -Picasso- “I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” -Monet- “Great things are done … Continue reading

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Nature Indoors and Outdoors

Our creeping lily classroom plant rarely blooms. When it does, the blossom only lasts one day. Today we discovered three blossoms. Outdoors was a winter wonderland of ice on the trees. It shimmered and glistened. We felt like we were … Continue reading

Posted in Early Education, Einstein, joy, Mindfulness, Mother Nature, Nature, preschool, Quotes, wonder | Tagged , , , , , , | 45 Comments

Do You See What I See?

A long day at work.  Children are sick, and I am, too. I pull out my well-used tissue before getting ready for bed. What a joy! I see a dinosaur.  I see a seahorse.  I see a big smile.  I … Continue reading

Posted in E.B. White, Expressing words and feelings, Giving thanks, Imagination, Inspiration, joy, wonder | Tagged , , , , | 49 Comments

The Poet’s Dog

As winter is upon us, I am once again drawn to the best book, The Poet’s Dog.  Fall in love with a dog, a poet, and children- magnificently written, through the voice of the dog.  A winter storm has arrived … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, books, chapter reading, Dogs, Imagination, joy, Kindness, Love, Particia MacLachlan | Tagged , , , , , , | 105 Comments

The ‘Morning Star’

Originally posted on S'amusing:
Photo of planet Venus (tiny spec) above town high school 12/20/18 The students and I have been fortunate to have the planet Venus looking down at us as we make our way to school, or,…

Posted in Early Education, Expressing words and feelings, Giving thanks, Inspiration, joy, Nature, Singing, Uncategorized, wonder | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 31 Comments

When Children Have the Freedom To “Be”

While this is a post I wrote about play performances with children, it is really about far more.  Oh, yes!  It is about believing and taking risks.  It is about freedom and encouragement.  It’s my philosophy of teaching.  Paying attention … Continue reading

Posted in Early Education, Expressing words and feelings, Imagination, Inspiration, joy, Love, play performances, preschool, Teaching young children | Tagged , , , , , , , | 92 Comments

Ringing in the New Year with a Teacher- My Hero

Many years ago, when our children were little and things were tight, our washing machine broke. When it rains it pours. I spent weekends at the laundromat – a perfect place to read while waiting for the wash to be … Continue reading

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