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My Top 10 Art History Picture Books For Kids!

*10. Sandy’s Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder. By Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Boris Kolikov. A playful introduction to Alexander Calder and his wire sculptures. The story zooms in primarily on his circus maquettes, which will evidently spark the imaginations of your littlest of students. Recommended for: Grades K-2. 9. The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of […]

In Search of a Weekly Routine: that helps to balance work, family, and your sanity

10 days. That’s right, 10 days. I’ll be back at work—the real world—in merely 10 days! I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by, though I’m grateful that many of those days are behind me (goodbye postpartum recovery!). I’m thunderstruck by how quickly time has passed; almost as though it passes by quicker and quicker year after year. There […]

Top 5 Tips for Teaching Art-on-a-Cart

When I was first offered my job to teach art-on-a-cart in 2017, I was very apprehensive. The commute was very long, the situation wasn’t ideal, my girls were very young, and I wasn’t sure it would be worth it… Though I ultimately did end up taking the contract, it was because I knew art teacher jobs were few and far […]

Shifting My Teacher Mindset in 2020

If you follow me on Instagram, you might of seen my post this week about the countdown being officially on. The countdown to the end of my mat leave, that is, and ultimately my return to work full-time. I officially start teaching at a new school on December 7th, which happens to fall on a Ped Day. I’ll have a […]

Hope’s smART Studios launches it’s blog!

We all start somewhere, so for me I guess that means (right) now? That’s right, folks: my blog officially launches today! Albeit, slowly… I hope to transform this little blog into a safe place where I can share my teacher stories and experiences. More specifically, all that encompasses teaching elementary students, art-on-a-cart, my Teachers Pay Teachers store, smART education resources, […]

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