Mindful artistic expression can help students reduce stress and calm their minds as they deal with remote learning, being separated from school friends and teachers, and not knowing when things will get back to normal. Zentangle® is a relaxing way to draw beautiful images with patterns. It was created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts and you can always go to zentangle.com to learn more about it. Ms. Shimabukuro, certified Zentangle® teacher, Ed.D. (CZT), is providing Zentangle® lessons for Alameda students this school year.
Lesson 5 — The Kindness Quilt
Kindness is the quality of generosity and friendliness that should be nurtured on a daily basis. This lesson encourages students to think of ways to be kind. The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace illustrates many acts of kindness. Following a read aloud of the book, students will reflect on one kind thing that they can do for someone in their lives and write it on the attached kindness quilt template. Then, under the direction of Mrs. Shimabukuro, they will learn Zentangle® patterns that they will mindfully draw on the kindness quilt template.
Lesson 4 — Love the World
In his endearing book, Love the World, Todd Parr whimsically illustrates positive messages for children, urging them to show love for themselves, as well as all the people and creatures of the earth. His message is one of self-acceptance, compassion, and kindness. After a read aloud of the book, students will follow the direction of Mrs. Shimabukuro and will be guided to learn Zentangle® patterns that they will mindfully draw on a template related to illustrations in the book.
Lesson 3 — Inky’s Amazing Escape
Author of acclaimed bestseller, The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery wrote a follow-up book for children entitled Inky’s Amazing Escape, How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home. This true story of the journey of an octopus named Inky chronicles his amazing escape from an aquarium in New Zealand, illustrating the incredible intelligence and beauty of this remarkable sea animal. Following an oral reading of this book, students will follow the direction of Mrs. Shimabukuro and will be guided to learn Zentangle® patterns that they will mindfully draw on a template related to illustrations in the book.
Lesson 2 — Be Nice to Spiders
Spiders are often feared creatures of nature. Be Nice to Spiders by Margaret Bloy Graham presents an alternative perspective, demonstrating that spiders are positive for the environment. After an oral reading of this classic book, students will follow the direction of Ms. Shimabukuro and will be guided to learn Zentangle® patterns that they will mindfully draw on a spider web template.