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Stories in Miniature Part Two: Goldimonkey and the Three Dragons

Art and words go hand in hand. Simple sculpting helps students develop a richer and more evocative vocabulary. It encourages them to pause and include things that would normally be overlooked. It allows them to explore colour and mood both … Continue reading

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Stories in Miniature…Part One: The Magician’s Pet

Words. They can help to elaborate on or describe a character or their actions, they can capture a mood, highlight a feeling…but what if words elude you? What if, however hard you try and however many times you use thesaurus.com, … Continue reading

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Turning Traditions Into Tales: How the First Polar Bear Swim in Scotland Came to Be!

Every year for the past 15 plus years or more, it has been my tradition, along with 1000’s of others and a handful of brave friends, to take the plunge, the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day. Here in … Continue reading

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Holiday Headline: Marshmallow Snowman Inspires Story of the Year!

Now that I have your attention…with a few simple ingredients you and your friends, students or children can ‘cook’ up a delicious holiday treat without even going near a stove! Not only that, but before the snow people you make … Continue reading

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Remembrance: Poems and Stories for November 11th

Every year, I ask my students to write a poem or essay to submit to the Royal Canadian Legion’s essay and poetry competition. Every year, I am astounded at how much they learn and how they find ways to connect … Continue reading

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Spooktacular Halloween Poetry!

Want to write some spooky poetry? Maybe with a humorous twist? Try an Epitaph Poem and get the final word! Epitaphs are short rhymes that can be found on headstones or gravestones to use a spookier term. You can find … Continue reading

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Fall Cleanup: Scary Mary’s Bewitching Plants: Poems and Pictures

Fall is one of my favourite seasons…colourful trees, pumpkins, wreaths, corn and sunflower mazes, hayrides, harvests…with just a little spooky (or sometimes a lot) thrown in for good measure.  Scary Mary from “Hungry for Science: Poems to Crunch on” has been … Continue reading

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Earth Day Colour Poems

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect.” —Chief Seattle Today marks the 50thanniversary … Continue reading

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Poetry in Pantomime: But How do I Act Out a Sitting on a Tuffet?

Does anyone know what a tuffet is? I certainly had to look it up. A tuffet is a tuft of clump of something or a footstool or low seat. How Miss Muffet, in all of her petticoats sat comfortably on … Continue reading

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13 Ways…

In isolation, the world has both sped up and wound down. It asks us to look at things differently, how we socialize, how we shop, how we communicate. Perhaps we have time to examine our lives more carefully. In celebration … Continue reading

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