Thursday, 11 January 2018

Overdrive- Digital Library! (By Sarah Wilkie)

Happy New Year!  Are you still keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions?  If one of your resolutions was to read more in 2018, then check out Overdrive!   You should all have your Overdrive login information, which will allow you to sign out audiobooks and ebooks.

Have you seen the collection of read-alongs offered by Overdrive?  These are picture ebooks that are professionally narrated for our younger students!  As the audio is playing, each word is highlighted to make it easier for students to follow.  Included are popular books, like Scaredy Squirrel, Splat the Cat, Curious George, and several Dr. Seuss books.  

There are some lesser known read-alongs, like Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki, which tells of diversity and acceptance through the story of a little girl who loves to wear her kimono.

To find the read-alongs, sign in to Overdrive, click the “Collections” tab at the top of the screen, then click “Read Alongs”.

P.S. For our older students, there are collections for you too:  Middle School Must Reads, Welcome to Hogwarts, Thrillers and Chillers, and more!!

4 Letter Word Motto & Robert Indiana Art

Hello again!

Apparently I'm on an art theme this week. I came across this amazing Art Lesson plan by Michelle Williams.

Using the style of Robert Indiana, she's curated videos that fit the theme and asks learners to create their own 4 letter word Wish for the World.

Post links to your work below! I'd love to see what our learners come up with!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

How would you explain Art? + Google Cultural Institute

This video has gone viral recently, and I can see why. Alexa's way of explaining really well known art is delightful and adorable.

I wanted to point it out because the technology behind it might be something you want to use in your home!

Google Art & Cultural Institute has thousands of photos, high resolution photos of paintings, examples of architecture, biographies of artists, and high resolution photos of famous locations.

Here is one example. When you click the link you can zoom in and see brush strokes, details, and colours at a much closer look than you'd see in most museums.

Snow at Argenteuil (Neige à Argenteuil) Claude Monet ca. 1874-1875

Monday, 18 December 2017

Annual Christmas Party

First of all, the picture above is a perfect example of why I am not a photographer!!  Nonetheless, the picture above includes all of the people who came out to our YouLearn K-9 Christmas Party last Wednesday.  Students and parents participated in crafts, watched Charlie Brown Christmas, decorated gingerbread men, received gifts from Santa and went skating.  Thanks to all of the families who came out to celebrate the season with us. 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Yukon Glassblowing!

Hello Home Learners!

We love featuring the awesome events that are happening with our students, and last week the Yukon group got together and learned all about Glassblowing!  Almost 30 students attended the event!

Isabelle Corriveau shared some amazing photos with us. Thank you for taking them, Isabelle!
And thank you to Nadine, the YHES, and Arts in Schools for arranging for the field trip!