Design Your Own City

Design your own city. Make it look modern or old – give it a park or a football field, give it statues! And of course, this city will need a name. Advertisements


Letters can be powerful. They are an epistle in form, but they can also be poems, stories, or even journal entries. Let’s have fun with letters and use them in our writing process. Write a letter to someone who has upset you. Think about they’ve made you angry or sad in the past and hash…


Barmecidal providing only the illusion of abundance   “Barmecidal.” Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 13 July 2018. Visit Merriam-Webster dictionary online.

Children’s and Young Adult Literature to Teach Empathy

Titles for Lower Grade Students (PreK-Grade 4) Applegate, Katherine. Ivan: the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. Illus. by G. Brian Karas. Clarion Books, 2014. Burton, LeVar. The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. Illus. by Susan Schaefer Bernardo. Reading Rainbow, 2014. Breathed, Berkeley. Pete & Pickles. Philomel Books, 2008. Choi, Yangsook. The Name…

The Influence of Bertram Brooker

Bertram Brooker was a Canadian writer, sculptor, painter, and advertising executive.  Explore his work and let it inspire you. How do you want to draw after seeing his paintings? Do you want to try and replicate one or does it drive you in another direction?


Stenographer 1 : a writer of shorthand 2 : a person employed chiefly to take and transcribe dictation   “Stenographer.” Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 10 July 2018. Visit Merriam-Webster dictionary online.  

Make an Imaginarium

Journaling is so important – it is a solitary act – the writer sits down to pen their private thoughts about anything, providing a cathartic release. It’s easy to explain to middle and upper grade students what a journal is and how it functions, but how do we get the preschoolers and lower grades in…

Give Guilty Life

Let’s take an emotion and give it life. GUILTY. What does it look like? What does it smell like? It is big or small? How would you draw guilty?


Inception : an act, process, or instance of beginning : commencement   “Inception.” Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 9 July 2018. Visit Merriam-Webster dictionary online.

Interactive Books for Psychomotor Overexcitability

These fun and interactive books are great for gifted kids with pscyhomotor overexcitability – they keep them engaged and moving while reading a book. Sometimes it’s difficult to contain such active children, and with a book that requires participation from the readers, it makes for a fun (and sometimes loud!) story time. Here are a…