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In the Studio: Self-Portraits

And just like that, another school year begins! I can’t believe we are already in week three of the new year. I tend not to work on too many “projects” so early in the year, preferring to give the children time to get comfortable in our space, explore, and make connections with classmates and staff. 1,023 more words

Reggio Inspired Kindergarten

Skills & Dispositions for STEAM

Resource List:

Picture books & films that explore skills and dispositions from the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities (Critical Thinking, Personal and Social Capabilities) that support STEAM learning. 354 more words

Older Readers (Upper Primary+)

Picture Book Reviews: I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) & Luis and Tabitha

Two wonderful new picture books featuring felines on the review docket!



I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) by Davide Cali, illus. Anna Pirolli
Source: Hardcopy courtesy of… 855 more words


Dr. V's favorite classics: In defense of The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. Harper and Row, 1964.

I haven’t taken a poll, but I’m pretty sure Shel Silverstein is still widely understood to be a straight-up genius; I don’t think his work is in any danger of being undeservedly neglected for the foreseeable future. 639 more words


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The First book was Just a Chicken by Langston Moore and Preston Thorne. I really enjoyed this book and how well it would work in a classroom when discussing self-esteem. 768 more words

Classroom Observations

Book Review: Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung

Consider this colorful picture book for your first days of school…for all ages and grades.

Yellows, Blues, and Reds live peacefully in a city, until one day, a Red declares, “Reds are the best!” The whole community is thrust into chaos — so much so that the three color groups must live apart, forming segregated neighborhoods. 148 more words


Monarch Rest Stop

Tawas Point Lighthouse 

On September first we laid over with the Monarch butterflies on the shores of Lake Huron for a book signing event next to the Tawas Point Lighthouse.  283 more words