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Art Holidays and Seasonal Seasonal/Holiday Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Love Trees

ValentinesTreesDo you need an activity that you can use to teach students about color while making something special for Valentine’s Day? Do you dread having to find something do for Valentine’s Day? Are you a Valentine’s Day fool? Or Scrooge? This is for you!

There are several variations to make this project listed below, but basically it’s a tree with heart-shaped leaves. Sounds great, right?

Who doesn’t need a heart-shaped leaf?

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Christmas Holidays and Seasonal Seasonal/Holiday

Five Things We Buy AFTER Christmas

Phew! You made it! Christmas is over, but remember how crazy and busy it was? That’s why we always get prepared one year in advance. Are we crazy? No, just thrifty.

Think about all the Christmas items you needed this year. How much did it all cost? More than you planned, right? Here are five things we buy right after Christmas for the next school year to save some money. Continue Reading

Art Christmas Holidays and Seasonal Seasonal/Holiday

Recycled Cork Ornaments

Do you have a bunch of wine corks laying around? Well, they can make great ornaments with a little paint and detail.

First of all, you can buy corks the old-fashioned way by drinking wine, but they are also available at craft or hobby stores. If you have wine drinking friends or student parents, let them know you’ll be collecting the corks in advance of making these ornaments. One cork per student will work best. Continue Reading

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Christmas Word & Logic Activities

You know that week in December when you’re constantly called down to the auditorium for concert rehearsals, some of your students are away sick, some have left for vacation early and you have to keep a classroom full of excited kids busy? Christmas is fun and all, but it’s so hard to keep kids interested in learning and it’s a challenging time to introduce new concepts with all those interruptions. What’s a teacher to do? Continue Reading

Art Christmas Holidays and Seasonal Seasonal/Holiday

Five Christmas Tree Projects

Looking for a new twist on a Christmas tree art project. We’ve searched high and low to find and test out some of our favourites and here they are just for you!

When composing pieces like these we often encourage students to use an odd number of objects. We also ask them to have part of their drawing go off the page. Students have a page to use to practice the steps or skills before trying out their “good copy.” Give students direct instruction on how to use pastels, paint brushes or how to complete specific strokes. Don’t forget to teach students how to look after the different materials and resources.

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Canadian History Historical Thinking Holidays and Seasonal Reading Remembrance Day Seasonal/Holiday

The Importance of Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day As we were growing up, many of us had family members who had served in World War II. It was easier to understand the purpose of Remembrance Day when Grandpa would wear his medals to our school service. Our current students are a few generations removed from that war, though some have had family members serve in Korea, Afghanistan or with the United Nations Peacekeepers. It is difficult for some of them to understand the abstractness of war, so it is even more important for us to give them a realistic view of those events. Continue Reading

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Being Thankful in the Classroom

Canadian ThanksgivingThe year has started. Things are starting to settle and it’s time to count your blessings in the classroom. We call the start of year through Thanksgiving (well, Canadian Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October) the beta period. It’s the time of year to try things out, get to know the students, build relationships and set up the year for success.

The beta period is not the time of year we spend getting deep into content. We review. We read. We talk about what is coming next. We check out our skills and show what we can or can’t do.

It’s the perfect time to take a look at what’s working, what’s starting to work and what needs to be scrapped. It’s time to count our blessings and make a list of all the things we are thankful for in our classroom. So, here is a little checklist we use to decide how are things working so far. Continue Reading