Take Your Book for a Walk
Sessions 2 & 4: Grades K–3
We will explore what makes a good children's picture book as we take our stories on a walk, make read a-louds come alive and learn about author/illustrators. I will show story mapping ideas to get children to think outside of the book and connect in ways that help them with writing, comprehension and paying attention, which helps with overall creative mindset. As an early childhood educator with a visual arts minor, I have used these books and story mapping ideas in my classroom for 20 years and observed children grow in their knowledge of art, writing and deeper reading comprehension with using art mapping as a way to understand concepts and ideas.
I have taught art integration in my kindergarten and 2nd grade class for 20 years. I now share art integration with art speciality teachers and classroom teachers in Alpine School District in K–6 grade and love to coach teachers on how to bring a creative mindset to their classrooms. I use picture books with most concepts and love how books create deeper meaning for children. I love how the arts flows into all subjects and how it allows kids to think deeper, create meaning and bring purpose and feeling to their life.