Literature Links

As mentioned in a previous post, I love books!!! Since I began teaching in 2001, I have always tried to incorporate literature into any lesson that I teach.

This literature link is from reading 'Harold and the Purple Crayon' by Crockett Johnson. As a lesson there were so many curriculum linkages - Language Arts (responding to texts), Science (Colors), and Art. The students drew a self portrait of themselves and then drew pictures around in purple of things they would like to learn in grade one - some ideas included the alphabet, numbers, reading, animals, nature, Canada, etc.

Although this book was first published in 1955 - 55 years ago, it still seems to amaze young children. The color purple supposedly will boost a child's imagination or an artist's creativity. Maybe that is the reason for the attraction to the book.

But if anything maybe it lets young minds believe in their imagination and the belief that anything is possible.

Let's continue to encourage our children to use their imagination. As Jamie Paolinette says, "Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."

Without imagination we would never have had color tv, microwaves, SMARTBOARDS, iPods or of course Facebook

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