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Learning Shapes through Art

Trying to learn about shapes?  What about doing some shape art?  Moving around shapes on paper is one way to help become familiar with different shapes and how they can be turned and joined.  If you can create a picture with shapes, all the better!

Tangram art example -- picture of a snail

Arrange your paper shapes of different colours on top of black construction paper — this makes a stunning contrast!

Silvia Borando’s book ‘Shapes, Reshape!’ is a playful look at how animal pictures can be created through the use of squares and rectangles of various sizes and colours.  The reader is presented with shapes on a page.  Chime in with the phrase “What could they be?” that gets repeated throughout, and see how each set of shapes get rearranged to form an animal picture.  This book also counts down from 10 to 1 and vivid colours are used.

book cover of 'Shapes, Reshape!' by author Silvia Borando -- a cover picture of colourful rectangles and sqaures

Want some more shape fun?  Try ‘Shapes at Play’ — this book also shows how shapes can be arranged to form pictures, but it includes circles and triangles too.

cover of 'Shapes at Play' by author Silvia Borando -- pictures of smiling squares, circles & triangles

Like what you see?  Check out these other titles by author/illustrator Silvia Borando in our collection:

                               cover image of S. Borando's picture book 'Black Cat, White Cat'          cover image of S. Borando's picture book 'Now You See Me, Now You Don't'          cover image of S. Borando's picture book 'Near, Far'         cover image of S. Borando's picture book 'The White Book'

Want to improve your spatial sense?  Read about the tale of tangrams and then practice with your own tangram shapes (you can make these from construction paper, Bristol board or cardboard).  Check out these titles for ideas and a tangram template:

cover image of J. Slocum's non-fiction book for kids 'The Tangram Book'cover image of A. Tompert's picture book 'Grandfather Tang's Story'

Two Sides to Every Story

What is the purpose of homework?  Is it to establish a study routine?  Is it for reviewing concepts?  Does it expand thinking over time?

Whether or not you’re in favour of homework, the same benefits could be said for reading.  Pick well and you will be a better, smarter person!

You may have seen this title in this year’s Summer Reading Club brochure of ‘Recommended Reads’ — ‘Friend or Foe: The Whole Truth about Animals That People Love to Hate’  by Etta Kaner is a wonderful tool for illustrating the pluses and minuses of various creature attributes.  For example, being bitten by a leech feels like being bitten by 300 razor-sharp teeth all at once!  But on the other hand, leeches are lake savers since they keep them healthy by eating rotten plants and animals found at the bottom.  It’s not the leech’s fault — that is its nature!

Check out ‘Friend or Foe’ today and you will realize how there really are two sides to every story.  If this doesn’t expand thinking, I’m not sure what will.   At the same time, you will become smarter about weird animal facts and impress your friends as you begin a new school year.  So reserve your copy today!  That will be ‘homework’ well done!

The bell has rung — you’re dismissed. :)

cover image of book: vulture, rat, bats and mosquitos

This book is also available on Daisy Disc.

Interesting Facts:  The author, Etta Kaner, is an elementary school teacher with a passion for science.  She lives in Toronto.  The illustrator, David Anderson, also lives in Toronto.

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