Friday, April 29, 2016
You Don't Want To Miss This Webinar... "Literacy Through The Arts" With Emily Valenza & Julie Knutson
It is called Literacy Through The Arts: Standards-Aligned Curriculum for History and Social Studies.
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....
And then I saw you was presenting....Emily Valenza and Julie Knutson!
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.
I read about Colorado National Parks in this article.
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,
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.
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!
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.
Louise is a character that I can definitely relate too.
I love art and creativity too.
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.
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.
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!