Every year, as part of my curriculum, we do a self-portrait. It’s been an interesting journey since I have students from kindergarten to grade three.  I get to see their progression each year.  This year, I was ultra impressed by my second-grade students.  Continue reading

For years I have been trying to teach the difference between warm colors and cool colors. I’ve had the students watch videos, look at paintings to show mood, wear t-shirts in a line.  I even have my classroom (table groups) divided into warm colors and cool colors.  Nothing helped these kids remember the difference between warm colors and cool colors…until….

I killed a snowman. Continue reading

In an effort of collaboration with a first grade teacher, I focused some time on the author/illustrator Todd Parr.  If you don’t know him, he writes funny and heartwarming books filled with simple yet colorful illustrations.  Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions. Whether you do them or not, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve without reflecting on their year or their life.  January is often a time of self-reflection, a time in which one contemplates, reflects, and makes goals to make this NEW year better than the previous. Continue reading

I have always loved the idea of collage. It’s always been very messy though and I end up hoarding way more things than I would like in an effort to make my project.  This project was a great way to push through the mess and learn how to create some really fun things with lots […]

This year, I am really into the holidays. I don’t know why, but I’ve been wanting to decorate for Christmas starting right after Halloween.  I’ve embraced holidays in my classroom this year and we are doing lots of “seasonal” lessons.  It’s actually pretty cool because these lessons also help to teach some important skills.  Pumpkins are a great way to teach how students to draw using the shape of the object and how to blend correctly. Continue reading