Author / Artist Visit

I recently had the good fortune of visiting Nootka Elementary School for an author visit with art workshops to follow. I was also able to include an introduction to media literacy in the presentation, which was followed by some fantastic discussion with students! It was so fun to hang out with these kids, read The Body Book, and make artwork about their favourite things to do in their bodies.

I love this activity because it shifts the emphasis on how our bodies look to how it feels to be in them, from a perspective of judgment to one of gratitude. It also culminates in a beautiful gallery of diverse bodies to decorate the class with!

Below I included some photos of the artwork in process. These images contain so much joy and imagination. I love helping kids to visualize their bodies in a positive way.

FREE art lesson for The Body Book

I have FINALLY put together a resource to go along with ‘The Body Book,” after meaning to for a looong time. I’ve done this art lesson in classes and day cares and it is such a fun and meaningful way to help kids rethink their relationships with their bodies.

Even in kindergarten and early primary grades kids are learning to judge their bodies by how they look, and whether they “fit” the ideal image they see in media, toys and adult role models. Sadly, it’s not rare to hear a girl in grade one call herself “fat.”

I wanted to shift the focus to one of celebration and gratitude, so this activity is all about answering the question: “What is my favourite thing to do in my body?”

The results kids come up with are diverse, vibrant and fun. When these go up on the wall the classroom turns into a place where EVERY BODY is celebrated for who they are.

Here’s a link to the lesson plan  PDF. 

Music video and song!

So excited to announce the release of ‘I Love the Shape of Me,’ a song to accompany The Body Book! I dream of kids (and parents) getting this song about loving their own unique bodies and shape stuck in their heads.

Thank you so much to Corinne Hansen for her amazing vocals, the talented Dario Scaramuzza for animating, and Julian Marrs for instrumentation, recording, mixing, and mastering!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_uBq9sXIz8&feature=youtu.be

alphabet soup

I’m always happy when I get to use my creative energy on a project with someone I know and like, which was the case for this super cute alphabet work book a teacher friend asked for some help on.  I did the pictures, while Danita put together the text and layout.  I’m really happy with how it turned out!

It’s available for download, now or super soon,  at www.teacherspayteachers.com