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.
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!
Hey, you know what’s a cool idea? Teachers designing worksheets and resources they see a need for in schools, posting them on a site to be downloaded and used by other teachers, then paying eachother for it, instead of a big corporation. Yup, cool. I learned about this through a teacher friend who asked me make some simple illustrations for her work booklets to help young ones learn to read. The target age is pre-k to grade 1/2. A couple of the booklets are free, and can be viewed and downloaded here:
teacherspayteachers – store name: Reading, Writing, Reproducible