Preschoolers and Technology

Having just arrived back from a most enchanting encounter with a swallowtail butterfly ( the colouful being danced from flower to flower coming right up close, kissing my fingers with it’s fragile wings before fluttering off gracefully into the forest). I set about down loading my photos. What a great use of technology I think to myself.  Minutes later a Ted Talk appears in my news feed …

NATURE ART WEEKEND

You are invited to join me for a weekend of soulful nature art in the beautiful Okanagan, BC. Nature Art Coaching Weekend 4-6th Aug 2017 with professional trainer Marghanita Hughes Are you experiencing a sense of disconnection with the natural world? Do you feel uninspired and lacking motivation? Would you like to feel happier, healthier and more creative? If your …

THE JOY OF LEARNING

Here is part one of my latest nature art project “Telling our Stories with the Help of Nature’s Muses” – A three week joy filled learning exploration of our interconnectedness, life cycles and celebrations of all life. As Spring blooms so too do the grade one students of Khalsa Elementary School as they learn how to tell their stories orally, …

Nurturing an intimate relationship with nature (Trees)

Continuing our investigation of the spirit of nature, we delved deeper into our relationship with trees. By allowing students to choose their own tree, they feel an instant connection. They can feel the texture of the tree, watch it swaying in the wind. They can explore the birds and insects that live in and around the tree. Today we learned about Canadian …

The Power of Nature Play – Once Upon a Time

Imaginations flourish outdoors in nature Nature provides the best environment for creative adventures with found objects. A few sticks, flowers, pebbles, rocks and twine…can offer a child of any age hours of creative fun and learning opportunities. Nature gifts the most beautiful organic open-ended materials for all sorts of creative exploration. Storytelling with nature One of my favourite nature based art activities for children …

Play, Learn and Grow with Nature

Once upon a time there was a little tomato seed… Today I was doodling some of the many wonderful experiences children encounter when growing their very own vegetables and flowers. Every child should grow at least one sunflower and one tomato plant The garden is a great environment for children to understand the cycle of life and how all things work together. Planting, …

Nature play awakens our senses, minds and hearts

We can never be whole, in harmony, balanced, unless every part of us is healthy – body, mind and spirit – if we only educate the mind we are not whole, there is an emptiness that we need to fill. By stepping outside, nature can help nurture harmony and balance which in turn lead to happiness. Nature nurtures the soul, …

The Power of Imagination – Soup, Bugs and Journals

Imagination stirs in nature… The students decided they would make soup. The giant tractor tire became the cooking pot. The students gathered cones, grasses and wildflowers to add to their bubbling soup. Later the tire became a sailing boat and then a witches couldron. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire …

Children’s creativity blossoms through rich experiences with the arts

“The world doesn’t need more ‘successful people.’ The world desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” — Dalai Lama Music, art and drama connects, heals and enlivens our celebrations and I cannot think of a more magical way for children to engage in the arts than using nature as a stage to inspire, create and …

A Very Warm Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year Beautiful People I am super excited to welcome in the New Year with you. And to celebrate, I would like to gift you our Educating the Heart 2017 Calendar. In this years calendar I will share with you some of my new nature art projects for 2017 and you’ll have a chance to win one of the 12 …