Artstarts Project – Where Does Our Food Come From ?

A creative journey of discovering where our food comes from, in this particular journey we investigate the fascinating story of the chocolate tree. Although, we rarely think about seeds, nine out of every ten bites of food we eat today start with seeds and chocolate begins as a seed too. Through a series of hands-on workshops the students learned about …

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change

  The flowers spoke in a million colours, dancing gracefully like paper angels. I wrote this in my journal last night after photographing the Irises in the garden. How often do we stop to appreciate the miracle before us, such as the intricate detail of the Iris or the simplicity of the daisy.  “If we could see the miracle of …

Students Wall Hangings – Interbeing (Clouds In Each Paper)

Artstarts Project – “The fascinating Story of the Chocolate Tree” – Workshop 3 – Canvas Wall Hangings Grades 3,4 and 5 students investigated the beautifully written passage “Interbeing” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Interbeing means that you are part of the whole web of life. You are not isolated and alone. When you become peaceful, happy and solid the world benefits. …

Nature Art can help improve the health and wellbeing of our children

Our latest Artstarts project was inspired by two elements: My love of chocolate and discovering how we can have a healthy intake of chocolate if it is the right chocolate. (Below, Apricot and Oat Cacao Raw Bar)   The second element was from a passage I read many years ago – the inspiring passage was from the book “Peace Is …

Friday Fun with the Forest Fairies

The Forest Fairies love hanging out with their giant friends – the Ponderosa Pines!   “To climb a tree is for a child to discover a new world” – Froebel   Let the Forest Echo with Laughter Once More…   Learning through play, exploration and discovery is an essential part of early years education. Imagine…   Outdoor learning involving nature …

Nature Play All Year Round: Investigating the Elements: Water

There was a scattering of snow left in the forest and by the lake shore offering wonderful opportunities for my special needs student to investigate the element: Water I try to have an offering for each lesson that allows for spontaneous exploration and free-flowing creative adventures. This morning Elise noticed the paint containers were full of ice, what a delightful …

Creativity blossoms in play

Play isn’t just for kids – I am constantly playing with loose parts found in nature. Fallen leaves morph into my “Three Wise Men” …dry grasses and renmants of Autumn make the most delightful angel dresses… Creativity blossoms in play Outdoors in nature – we are surrounded by loose parts such as fallen branches, leaves, feathers, rocks, pebbles, driftwood, seeds …

Once Upon a Time…

Storytelling with Nature: Once upon a time their was a little Dragon… Children learn out of interest and curiosity. Elise is one of the special needs students I am working with this year. During our one to one session last week, she drew a dragon cloud in one of her paintings and told me she loved friendly dragons, so in …

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