Sugar Plum Fairy: Fun Facts and Ideas This Holiday Season

For years The Nutcracker ballet and its timeless music had been associated with Christmas. “This is Christmas music,” my students told me after I played Tchaikovsky’s famous dances in one of my classes. Indeed, the holiday season’s excitement is unthinkable without the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy‘s music. But who is she? Why SugarContinue reading “Sugar Plum Fairy: Fun Facts and Ideas This Holiday Season”

Imagination: Where the Wild Things Are.

Just look how creative the kids are when stimulated by interesting materials! And the best thing is… that we all have these in our homes or right outside of them. But… how do you present different materials to make creativity soar? Should you involve your kids in gathering them? What materials “go together”? I composedContinue reading “Imagination: Where the Wild Things Are.”

Stories About Great Artists

Recently, I discovered a series of art books for children that I immediately fell in love with. It all started with the book Cezanne and the Apple Boy by Laurence Anholt. Right from the start, I was lost in a delightful story introducing young readers to Pull Cezanne, his life, his ideas, and his paintings.Continue reading “Stories About Great Artists”

And All That Jazz!

When it comes to introducing young children to jazz, one can find many great resources online as well as in the library. Here are some of them. I hope this irresistible music will get you and your young ones swinging. Books and CDs Make sure to get the books as kits with CDs or asContinue reading “And All That Jazz!”

Here is why I’m inviting your kids to join my classes on Outschool.

Many parents (and I used to be among them) feel uncomfortable with the idea of young children using Zoom. It’s totally understandable. After all, many parents felt frustrated with their kids’ remote learning due to the pandemic. Also, many would probably agree, that for a young child, learning in-person is best. Nevertheless, as I’ve discoveredContinue reading “Here is why I’m inviting your kids to join my classes on Outschool.”

Creating With Nature

Do you have weeds in your garden? Do clover flowers pick their stubborn heads in your lawn? Let your kids use them in their play and crafts! That’s right: summer is a great time to use nature in creative ways. Here are some ideas. Make a plant soup or salad. Bring out toy pots, andContinue reading “Creating With Nature”

Summer, Creativity, and Fine Art

What could inspire creativity better than outdoors in summer time? Running on a beach, watching fireflies, smelling wild flowers, or going for a hike, provides our kids with endless opportunities to expend their imagination. Let’s use it to connect with fine art. After all, nature inspired so many great artists. Just choose your favorite onesContinue reading “Summer, Creativity, and Fine Art”

Let’s Celebrate Spring With Vivaldi!

Yes, the spring is finally here! Our children can spend more time outside after being cooped up in houses during the long winter. Don’t you just love spring air? And gentle crocuses and snowdrops pushing their pretty heads through the soil? Everything is so full of vitality and exuberance! Just like Vivaldi’s music in hisContinue reading “Let’s Celebrate Spring With Vivaldi!”