Roosters, Eggs, and Art

Roosters, Eggs, and Art

A Charming Book from 1950 and Folk Art By Connie Goldin, LMFT   What does a children’s book written long ago have to do with my friend Maureen’s rooster and chicken paintings? The answer is “folk art.” Both The Egg Tree and Maureen’s colorful paintings below feature roosters (and one hen named “Henrietta”) created in … Continue reading »

Rainbow Fish Art

Rainbow Fish Art

  Exploring The Rainbow Fish Through Art   By Connie Goldin, LMFT   The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and J Alison James is a classic children’s book, loved by all age groups, that tells the importance of sharing with others. The Rainbow Fish is a beautiful creature, with glittery scales that shimmer and dazzle … Continue reading »

Easy Art ~ Arte fácil

Easy Art ~ Arte fácil

Create Art with Household Items ~ Cree arte con cosas de la casa   By Connie Goldin, LMFT   Salt and Chalk Art ~ Arte del sal y gis   With very simple supplies, you and your children can have lots of fun creating interesting art projects. The materials for these two craft projects include: … Continue reading »

Birds, Nests, and Eggs

Birds, Nests, and Eggs

Exploring Birds’ Nests By Connie Goldin, LMFT   Learning about Birds and Eggs Through Art!   The other morning, I was woken up at 3 AM by loud trills, tweets, running melodies and exotic dips and rises by a loquacious Mockingbird outside my window. This busy and loud songbird was no doubt seeking a mate … Continue reading »

Springtime Rain

Springtime Rain

  Books and Umbrellas By Connie Goldin, LMFT     Today is March 1st, 2015 and Mom to Madre is declaring it’s officially spring! Birds are nesting, flowers are starting to bloom, and we are very excited in San Diego to be getting some rain. Even if you live in a cold climate, it’s certainly … Continue reading »

Colors ~ Colores

Colors ~ Colores

Rainbows ~ El arco iris By ~ Por Connie Goldin, LMFT   Light, Color, Refraction and Reflection ~ Luz, color, refracción y reflexión   Rainbows are a special gift that amaze and thrill us. Seeing a rainbow seems lucky. In fact, rainbows were thought to bring both good and bad luck in many civilizations. In … Continue reading »

Bears and Beds

Bears and Beds

  Learning about Hibernation By Connie Goldin, LMFT   Have you ever noticed how many books for children about bears feature beds in the story? It’s only natural, since big burly bears spend the winter curled up snugly for a long sleep, called “hibernation.” Hibernation is a state some animals, including insects, birds, reptiles, and … Continue reading »

First Snow

First Snow

A beautiful New Book for 2015   By Connie Goldin, LMFT   First Snow, by Peter McCarty, is a treasure. Five little dog siblings are awaiting the arrival of their cousin, Pedro, from far away. Sancho, Bella, Lola, Ava and Maria see Pedro come in a taxi cab with his aunt, their mom. The license … Continue reading »

Ladybugs & Worms

Ladybugs & Worms

  Lady Bugs & Worms Extending a Book Through Art Activities   By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT   A beautiful way to reinforce the information, message or topic in a book is to “extend the book” through art activities or simple field trips. Our theme for this class was “Ladybugs and Worm.” We wanted to … Continue reading »