As your children exchange little candy hearts that say “U R SWEET” and Minecraft Valentine cards, it’s the perfect time to reflect on love. What does it look like? What does it sound like? How do I show it? What does it feel like?   Whether it is love for humankind, a classmate, a parent, […]

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I’m so excited about being a part of the creatively brilliant Jean Van’t Hul’s,  The Artful Year blog tour! Jean is passionate about kids’ art and creativity and wants you to be passionate about them, too! She believes creativity, is one of the most important skills of the 21st century, and that it starts at home. […]

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In the midst of winter, staying inside by the fire with a blanket certainly seems ideal. People bundle up in layers to brave the cold and blustery temperatures. Animals, however, don’t have furnaces or coats, so what do they use to build shelters to stay warm in the winter? Peak your child’s curiosity with this […]

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The mathematical concept of place value is an essential one for young learners to grasp. Place value understanding will help children move on – and thrive – with more advanced math.   “Place value” is the phrase we use to talk about how numbers, when arranged in different places, show different amounts. For example, in […]

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It could arguably be called the Pulitzer Prize of children’s literature, and chasing after the coveted Caldecott Award is serious business for anyone who illustrates children’s picture books. It’s also a decision that’s being taken very seriously in my classroom of second and third graders. The Caldecott Medal is named after Randolph J. Caldecott (1846-1886), […]

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