Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creativity -Albert Einstein Each year there are children interested in fairy stories and fairy play who love to create crowns, wear special clothing like tutu's or capes and make wands. I have a wonderful fairy sensory bin and lots of books and accessories for the children interested in fairies for story play, imaginative play and crafting. These magic fairy wands made with sticks, yarn, leaves and flowers cast enchanting spells. This can either be put out as an invitation for story play, a creative activity or be a collective adventure with the children. My friend Aimee Blow was visiting family over the summer and created these nature magic wands with her nieces. Since the invitation to create is open ended the children choose the materials, create a design and work, often together, to create. Tips: Begin with a nature walk to collect nature's loose parts; leaves, sticks and flower...
A morning at the beach and then exploring water colour painting. Years ago, when I transitioned to a Reggio Inspired program I found inspiration and made so many professional connections with facebook, twitter and many Reggio Inspired blogs and I still do.  "Provocations are experiences I set-up in response to children’s interests and ideas. When I set up a provocation I am providing hands-on exploration for children to practice, test, construct and deconstruct their ideas and theories."          -Fairy Dust Teaching Each morning as I prepare my room for the children I plan a simple provocation usually in the atelier unless we are doing story play. They either arise from the children's observed curiosities or are an invitation to explore new materials. They are intended to be student led and include tools and resources that the children are familiar with or that are self explanatory.  Tips! use small amounts of materials use tray...
As your Artelier grows here are a few possibilities to add to your growing inventory of art materials Yarn - donated, but when I do buy some I like the thicker and more interesting yarns like those with woven with ribbon.  Paper Straws - I purchase mine from Michaels with a 50% coupon and usually cut them down to add to the beading box and reserve some for the collage area. Felt - I found yards of it in the art cupboard but can special order from the office specific colours. I cut the felt into small squares to reduce wastage. Fabric - these are donated from a local seamstress, families and local quilters. I also cut fabric into small squares. Glitter - I purchase mine from Michaels with a 50% coupon and keep it in small shaker containers. Wooden beads - I bought mine online from Amazon they seem to have the best prices but Michaels also sells them for a good price with a coupon. Sticker shapes -I got mine from the office and throu...
Marilyn Chapman, a professor at BC's institute for Early Childhood Education, provides the following tips for parents preparing their child for Kindergarten. Reset the clock The end of summer is the time to restore structure to your child's schedule. Try to get him/her accustomed to going to bed on time and getting 12 hours of sleep. Washroom Break Help your child become independent in the washroom including flushing the toilet and hand washing. Delay Gratification Your child will not be able to  monopolize the teacher's attention, so  prepare them to wait their turn. Tidy Up Kindergarten children are expected to put away the toys that they play with, so coach your child on tidying up. Get o ff on the right foot Kindergarten children are expected to put on their own shoes. Help your child learn to put their shoes on the proper feet independently. Sometimes drawing a smiley face on the right shoe might help. Most schools also req...