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A-Mazing Maze Books!

Maze books are fun and easy to make.… it’s almost mag­i­cal to see 16 pages appear from a sin­gle piece of paper! Mate­ri­als: 12” x 18” white con­struc­tion paper Scis­sors Card stock or heavy-weight paper, cut to 4 3/4” x 6 12”  Rib­bon or raf­fia, about 2 feet per book “YES! Paste” (or Avery Per­ma­nent Glue Stick) 1” foam […]

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

 Yes­ter­day (March 2nd) we cel­e­brated a very spe­cial birth­day in our Kinder­garten classes.… that of beloved children’s author/illustrator, Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka “Dr. Seuss”.  In his life­time, Dr. Seuss pub­lished over 40 children’s books which have inspired both read­ing and imag­i­na­tion for gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren.  His birth­day has fit­tingly been adopted as the date for […]

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Grade 3 Portfolios — The Shapes and Colors of Joy

Matthew’s Dream”, by Leo Lionni, is my inspi­ra­tion for our third grade port­fo­lio project. In this charm­ing fable, a boy named Matthew vis­its the museum with his class­mates and is entranced by the paint­ings he sees there. That night Matthew has a mag­i­cal dream which helps him to see the world around him in a […]

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6th Grade Portfolio Project — Follow Your Star!

I’m espe­cially excited about my 6th grade port­fo­lio project! This project is inspired by an amaz­ing book by author/illustrator Peter Reynolds, who cre­ated the clas­sic children’s books “The Dot” and “Ish”. This poten­tially life-changing book, “The North Star”, is so spe­cial, it even has it’s own web­site! (Check out this site for fun activ­i­ties for […]

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Grade 5 Portfolios — Collecting Words

I LOVE kids’ books!!! I just dis­cov­ered a great new book, titled “Max’s Words” by Kate Banks. While this book doesn’t have a spe­cific art theme, it inspired me to cre­ate a port­fo­lio project for my 5th graders based on WORDS. Kids LOVE to col­lect things. I learned this from per­sonal expe­ri­ence, with a daugh­ter who […]

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Grade 4 Portfolios — “Ish” Drawings

There are lots of won­der­ful children’s books avail­able today, but “Ish” by Peter Reynolds stands out as one of my all-time favorites. This is a story that every­one (kids and adults!) can relate to.… in fact, it’s so influ­en­tial that I can lit­er­ally see a “before and after” effect each time I read it to […]

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Grade 3 Portfolios — The Shapes and Colors of Joy

Matthew’s Dream”, by Leo Lionni, is my inspi­ra­tion for our third grade port­fo­lio project. In this charm­ing fable, a boy named Matthew vis­its the museum with his class­mates and is entranced by the paint­ings he sees there. That night Matthew has a mag­i­cal dream which helps him to see the world around him in a […]

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