You’ve read the books and attended the workshops – you know how important it is to validate children. You know that you get what you focus on, so focusing on positives creates more positives while focusing on negatives creates more negatives. So my question for you is… how much are […]
I have always been a big supporter of integrated arts teaching methods. It supports my believe that the arts are more than just creative expression, they are a vehicle to open a child up to learning ALL subjects. I often engage in arts and music educator groups on Facebook and […]
Camp has always been such a powerful experience for me. The friendships, skill development, opportunities to lead and overall feeling of belonging is life-changing for a child (and for the staff as well).
I spent over 17 years of my life working at camps in both Canada and the USA. Ten […]
From school shootings to van attacks when will we learn that children learn what they live.
I live in Toronto, Canada and a few days ago we had a very unusual incident occur in our city – a van plowed through a major city sidewalk killing 10 people and injuring 14 […]
I’d like to start by saying that most of these concepts are not new. I am quite certain you’ve heard many of them before. So why I am giving you information about things you already know? Because I want to emphasize the importance of actually DOING these things in order […]
There are so many incredible schools that are arts-focused. They have figured out a way to provide all the core subjects, but still with a strong emphasis on the arts, which as far as I’m concerned is the way it should be! So many children do not find their place […]
On her first day of kindergarten she literally crawled around on hands and knees, meowing like a cat during our music class. She was that kid. The one everyone in the school knew by name by the second week of school. She was 5 – adorable and spunky – and […]
Yesterday afternoon I hosted a pool party at my house. It was great fun for the kids, but, as many play dates are, it was really all about the moms having an opportunity to get together. We chatted about parenting and husbands, high school reunions and family vacations. We shared […]
A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with one of my third grade classes about my elementary school music program. They were shocked to hear that music was my least favorite class. My elementary school years were a particularly tough time for public education funding, and arts education […]
I am the music teacher where my daughter, Chloe, goes to school, and most days I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my school. I think we do things right most of the time. I completely trust that my daughter is in the hands of people who will do […]