Monthly Archives: March 2014

Writing: Character Driven Texts

A current trend in picture books is “character driven texts”.  These are stories whose main focus is a character who really connects with the reader.  Some examples include the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor and The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill.  (If … Continue reading

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Creative Kids Moment: Green “Bug”

Yes, I know, a snail is not an insect-it is a molusk-but we are calling it our love bug so it counts:)  C recently became very curious and a fan of snails after seeing them crawling up the parkade wall.  I love … Continue reading

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Let the Sun Shine In!

I love blogging for the sense of community.  Once you blog, you are in a club.  In my club are artists, parents, children’s writers, and all sorts of other interesting people.  Blogging expands your world and contracts it because you are exposed to … Continue reading

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Art Journaling Idea

I’ve been trying to art journal more lately. Sometimes, though, I can’t think of a thing to put onto paper. Thank heavens for the internet and blogs as sources of ideas! One artist blog I follow is Donna Downey’s blog. She … Continue reading

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Creative Kids Moment: Colour Bugs-Yellow

For a yellow bug we made a bee, I’m sure there’s no surprise there.  C had a lot of fun with this one and I love the way the wings turned out. Here are the materials we started out with: a … Continue reading

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Magnolia Memories

I moved around a fair amount as a kid.  I have fond memories of several places.  At the Grey House I remember sun and novels on our big back balcony that had a view over the city rooftops.  At the Castle House we’d all … Continue reading

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Happy Brain Awareness Week

March 5th to 12th is Brain Awareness week.  In honour of this topic I thought I’d share a favourite book about the brain.  It’s called The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge. This book delves into the idea of … Continue reading

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