Category Archives: The Arts

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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A Magical Evening at School

Every year we have a party for families at school.  It begins with a pizza supper on the playground, followed by carving jack-o-lanterns.  It is wonderful.  Families meet and greet, eat pizza, and then roll up their sleeves to carve … 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, Returning Home

Every bridge along the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut is 1930’s Art Deco.  Each bridge is different, and a piece of art.  I had my iPhone on the dashboard of the car, hoping to capture some beauties. Winged Victory is a … 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 New Quilt – Part 4

In Part 3, we made a giant sketch for the quilt based on what the children felt were important parts of the song and the book, “This Land is Your Land.”  Woody’s guitar, the church from the ‘sad page’, landmarks … Continue reading

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Rock and Roll (and Alexa) Save the Day

When there’s something wrong In your neighborhood Who you gonna call?  Alexa! “Alexa, play ‘Shout’ by the Isley Brothers.” Music is the universal language of mankind.  –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow- Jennie

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