William Joyce described the main characters in his new series, The Guardians of Childhood, as "capable of extraordinary things, all in the defense of kids -- to keep them safe, to keep their imaginations alive, and their hearts happy and soaring and full of possibilities." (Simon and Schuster). The Guardians include The Man in the Moon, who Joyce describes as "The Dude. He's the Guy who starts in all." (…Continue
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on December 11, 2011 at 7:35am — No Comments
This month I read the article by Anita Silvey, "Make Way for Stories: There's a good reason why people are passing up picture books", that was published by School Library Journal. In this article…Continue
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on November 14, 2011 at 7:23am — No Comments
Children have an internal drive to be creative. Observe their pretend play when they are outside, artwork they create without much effort, or conversations they have with themselves when they think no one is listening and their creative spirit is evident.
However, teachers and parents have roadblocks that can prevent them from providing additional situations for children to express themselves and be creative. As a teacher, I found there were many roadblocks that stifled my…
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on December 10, 2010 at 10:37pm — No Comments