3 Tips for Keeping Colds & Flu Out of the Classroom

3 Tips for Keeping Colds and Flu Out of the Classroom

The cold and flu sea­son has hit with a vengeance this year. Every­where I look peo­ple are cough­ing, snif­fling, and sneez­ing…. even here in Cal­i­for­nia where we seem to have missed the whole ‘win­ter weather’ memo alto­gether. (It’s been in the 70’s here… sorry, east coast friends!) But an ounce of pre­ven­tion may help slow the […]

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Easy DIY Handmade Envelopes to fit any size card!

Easy DIY Envelopes to Fit Any Size Card

With Valentine’s Day right around the cor­ner, I wanted to share this super-easy DIY enve­lope you can make to fit any size card! How many times have you or your stu­dents cre­ated a won­der­ful hand-made card for Valentine’s Day (or Christ­mas, Birth­day, Mother’s Day, etc.) and then deliv­ered it in an enve­lope that didn’t fit cor­rectly, or […]

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Mona Lisa - Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know

Mona Lisa — Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know!

My stu­dents became experts on all things Mona Lisa the year we ‘adopted’ the Mona Lisa as our Art Class Mas­cot!  For gen­er­a­tions, the Mona Lisa has cap­ti­vated the imag­i­na­tions of young and old alike. Her mys­te­ri­ous smile hints that there is much we don’t know about this paint­ing, and the woman in it. But there […]

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Valentine Color Mixing - Paint 100 Hearts!

Valentine Color Mixing — Paint 100 Hearts!

With Valen­tines Day (and the ‘100th Day of School’) just around the cor­ner, I thought I’d post this heart-themed ver­sion of my ‘Mix­ing 100 Col­ors’ les­son! Mix­ing the col­ors and then paint­ing hearts requires a lit­tle longer atten­tion span, so I’ve found that 4th grade and up does best with this ver­sion. But younger students […]

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My New Favorite Art Ed Blog

My New Favorite Art Ed Blog…

When I first started writ­ing my ‘Teach Kids Art’ blog back in 2008, I had no idea that blog­ging would become such a big thing! I started my blog as a way to share what I’d learned about teach­ing art to kids, with the hope that more kids would get to expe­ri­ence art as a […]

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5 Lessons I've Learned from My Students

5 Lessons I’ve Learned from My Students

As teach­ers, we spend most of our time focused on what we teach our stu­dents. But some­times it’s worth­while to step back and reflect on what our stu­dents are teach­ing us. While all of my stu­dents have shaped me as a teacher and as a per­son, a few of my for­mer stu­dents have left an indeli­ble mark […]

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Basic Japanese Notan Design for Grades 1 and Up - great for practicing cutting and gluing!

Basic Japanese Notan Designs for 1st Grade & Up

Are you look­ing for an easy project that will give your youngest stu­dents more prac­tice with scis­sors? This very basic Japan­ese Notan les­son is per­fect for work­ing on cut­ting and glu­ing skills, and kids will love the strik­ing designs they cre­ate! Notan is a type of Japan­ese art that uses the con­trast of light and dark to make an eye-catching com­po­si­tion. (Pro­nounce it just like it […]

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