Friday, April 29, 2016

You Don't Want To Miss This Webinar... "Literacy Through The Arts" With Emily Valenza & Julie Knutson

I just registered for a webinar in the Follett Community that I am very excited about!

It is called Literacy Through The Arts: Standards-Aligned Curriculum for History and Social Studies. 
I believe that bringing art into all subjects can definitely engage our learners in creative, expressive and enhanced learning experiences.  I have a degree in art education and a passion for bringing these experiences, resources and techniques to all students.

This has always been such an important part of my teaching philosophy and was found woven throughout our school library and program too.

When I saw the webinar description....
I just knew this was one I didn't want to miss.

And then I saw you was presenting....Emily Valenza and Julie Knutson!
Emily is the daughter of my dear friend, Joyce.  I have enjoyed following her journey as a teacher and am just thrilled she is sharing her story and talents with all of us.
 With Emily, along with the very talented Julie, this is one webinar you don't want to miss either.
The webinar is on May 10, 2016 at 4:00pm CST.

You can register here.  And read all about the webinar at the Follett Community.

Five Books and Songs Perfect For Our Young Learners As They Visit & Celebrate National Parks This Summer!

As we get ready for summer vacations and lots of time outside, I am also thinking a lot about the celebrations in our National Parks with their 100th Birthday this year. 
You can read all about this in my post Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!  
We are planning a trip to Mesa Verde this summer.  I can't wait for Hagan to see it for the first time and to explore again myself.  I haven't been there for a long time.  
Our cabin is Granby is very close to the Rocky Mountains, so we will visit a few times this summer and fall.  But I also hope to get to the Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison, which will be all four National Parks here in Colorado.  

As we get ready for our summer in the mountains with family and friends, I turned to many of my favorite books and songs from Cantata Learning which include mountains.  

In the Spring 2016 season, there are five beautiful new books that you just have to check out when sharing our National Parks Birthday with young people in your life too. 
You will find I Love The Mountains, 
Home on the Range, Big Rock Candy Mountains, She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain, 
and On Top of Old Smokey as a few of your new favorites.

They will be the perfect books to share with your children this summer as you travel to different places, because remember every book has a song that goes with it.  You can get this music from the CD in the back of each book or stream it online from the Cantata Learning website.
You can also play each of these Cantata Learning titles from our National Parks Pinterest Board which is filled with ideas and resources too.

I can't wait to see where our travels take us this summer in Colorado and other places.  It will be fun to plan these trip with Hagan as he explores his own learning through the parks too.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Emily Arrow Brought Kelly Light's Little Louise To Life Today With Her New Song & Video...Louise Loves Art!

Do you know who Louise is?

The cute little girl that Kelly Light brings to life in her beautiful picture books.

I have shared her with so many children, librarians, teachers and others.

She is one of my favorites.
I adore how much she loves art and how she takes her imagination on the outside as she draws and creates.

Louise is a character that I can definitely relate too.

I love art and creativity too.
It is so fun reading and sharing Louise Loves Art and cannot wait for Louise and Andie..the Art of Friendship, which comes out in June.  

They will soon share a special spot on the shelf together in our library.
I also love following Louise as she travels around the world to libraries, schools and other places with Kelly on the whereslouisenow Instagram.
And today, Louise showed up in a very special new place.

Today was her video debut with my dear friend Emily Arrow for the new song Louise Loves Art!  

I think I listened to it at least a dozen times....smiling and singing each time.

After school I played for Hagan a couple more times as he sang along too.
When I spoke to Emily this morning about the song, she told me a couple fun things about writing this song.

She said, I wrote the song the night before Kelly visited Vroman's, one of my local indies.  

And the funny thing....I made up the bridge ('so do I! I! I!' part) as I went along during my first performance of the song!  

You just have to share the Louise Loves Art Song with your students, teachers, parents....everyone you know.  It will bring a smile to everyone who watches and listens to this song.  

Just as Louise does in Kelly's books too.   
It made me smile to read Emily's post on Kelly's Facebook today.  

I am thankful they shared their story and this sweet gift for all of our children who will fall in love with this song.  
On Kelly's website, you can find the Louise Loves Art Teacher's Guides to use with the books and now the song too!