How Art Shapes Our World by Jennie Fitzkee

A Teacher's Reflections

Growing up, I spent every Sunday afternoon with my grandmother, Nan.  She was the fun one, the grandparent who let us dress up in her clothes, always read to us, told us stories of her childhood, and drove us to the ‘five and dime’ to spend a nickle on anything we wanted.  She made real taffy, and we had taffy pulls until the taffy was glistening.  One of Nan’s favorite books was a picture book of Norman Rockwell illustrations.  I loved that book, and we often looked through it together, talking about the pictures.  Walking into Nan’s apartment hung a picture of ‘Girl Before a Mirror’ by Picasso.  As a child I thought this was strange.  Little did that I know how it would shape my thinking and teaching.  Nan had all sorts of pictures hanging in her apartment.  The one that struck me the most was ‘Leaving Home’ by…

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The Art Show by Jennie Fitzkee

A Teacher's Reflections

“It took me a lifetime to learn to draw like a child.” -Pablo Picasso-

When I brought the children to see the Art Show this week, the first words were from a child, Allie.  She said, “This is beautiful!”  She was right.

“There are flowers for those who want to see them.”  -Henri Matisse-

I was able to be with each child in front of their art masterpiece.  This was ‘the moment’, as if they were seeing their art in a museum.  Hard work and heart needs to be recognized, especially with young children.  After all, growing children is like growing flowers; planting a seed and nurturing.  Art was the seed, and teaching was the nurturing.  A little water (tools) and sunshine (words) made all the difference.

Aaryan chose to paint Large Blue Horses, by Franz Marc.  Avery chose to paint the Mona Lisa, and Parker was inspired by Wassily Kandinsky.  Rowan…

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What mountain would you like to move? Nothing is too great if you have passion and are motivated. 

Image from Motivational Quotes, Quote from Dr. Seuss.

Written & Compiled by Paulette Motzko.

March 18th 2017 12:34 p.m.

Is there something that other people have told you is impossible but you know it’s not?

Is there a goal that you would like to achieve?

What are some of the big goals or “mountains” you want to climb?

Anyone can answer these questions no matter what age. Remember that passion is the driving force the propels you forward like the jet engine of a rocket, towards your goals.

Thank You, Sergeant Curran, Our Pen-Pal

Thank You, Sergeant Curran, Our Pen-Pal – http://wp.me/p4mtSO-H7

Some of the wonderful letter’s Jennie’s class wrote to send to Sergeant Curran.



Clint, shown above reading to the wonderful kids, is the father of Sergeant Curran. The book he is reading was one of his favorites.

There is nothing like story time to connect a child to the characters and true meaning in a book.

What a wonderful true story my dear teacher friend Jennie tells here! 

The man who read the story was the father of the sergeant all the kids were writing to in the military. 

The idea that they were thanking him for protecting them is just wonderful; it really makes it very clear how connected we all are on this planet.

Text Written and shared by Paulette L Motzko the fabulous WordPress blog “A Teacher’s Reflections” by Jennie Fitzkee.

Photography by Jennie Fitzkee, used with her permission.

Compiled by Paulette Motzko on March 10th 2017 at 7:01 a.m & updated 5:53 p.m. 

Updated March 12th, 2017 2:17 p.m.

Ways to help children feel good about themselves. Parents can start with simple messages throughout the morning such as…

Louise Hay says : “We need to give children ways to help themselves feel good, Parents can start with simple messages throughout the morning that children can repeat—messages such as: It’s so easy to get dressed. I love getting dressed. Breakfast is always a fun time. We’re all so glad to see each other. We love eating breakfast together. Breakfast makes my body feel good. Parents can even go around the table and have each family member share one thing they love about themselves. Or they can put affirmations in a bowl and choose one for the whole family to focus on during the day. This can become a morning ritual for couples, families, roommates, and so on. Each person can even decide on one experience they’d like to have that day and create an affirmation for.”

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Compiled by Paulette Motzko.

Images from Pinterest.

March 9th 2017 at 12:36 p.m.