A Visualization based on ‘Winter Song’ by by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

Today we listened to a beautiful song:


‘Winter Song’ by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

This is what Matthew drew.


‘Winter Song’ was familiar to many of the students

because it is currently being used in an often repeated

advertisement on the television.


We studied the lyrics.

We used our imagination

and we sketched some pictures

that the lyrics put into our heads.


Then we took a look at a

wonderful animation on Vimeo

to inspire us even further.

‘Winter Song’ by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson


Initially we used white chalk

on black sugar paper.

Then we added colour.

This is what we did:


These are the results:

Winter Pictures in Chalk on PhotoPeach


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A Word to the Wise:

Please don’t leave your child to explore Vimeo or Photopeach unattended  :)

The internet is a portal to the world outside. Children should be supervised.

What did you do in school today?

Today it was Friday and after a busy week where we all worked hard, Teacher decided that we deserved extra ‘Golden Time’. Having worked at our maths and literacy, then we…

…did science.
We learned about the interesting reaction that occurs if one mixes baking powder and water in a small plastic container (with a lid).
We conducted this experiment in the yard. This was just as well as the results were ‘explosive’.
We talked a lot about the importance of safety when doing science. We observed these rules and we all emerged unscathed.
If you want to try this at home UNDER ADULT SUPERVISION here is a link

Integration being the key to an holistic education, we continued on the theme of safety and revised the Safe Cross Code employing the following link.

Then we watched a section from the Fantasia movie by Disney.
We watched unicorns and satyrs dance to an air from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.
Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony from Disney’s ‘Fantasia’.
The mood on screen was one of happiness.
Then Teacher replayed this section of the dvd.
The difference was she played a different backing track; ‘The Ride of the Valkyries’ by Wagner.
Wagner’s ‘The Ride of the Valkyries’ from Disney’s ‘Fantasia’
This time the unicorns and satyrs looked nervous as if they were expecting something dangerous to happen.
In this way we learned about the effect music can have!

‘The spatula is the commander!’

Teacher played us ‘March Past of the Kitchen Utensils’

by the English composer Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).

We drew the march as we imagined it.

Chloe drew the kitchen utensils looking strong, marching along with determination!

Ryan explained ‘The spatula is the commander!’

Patrick’s blender was a tank 🙂

You can see the work of the children who completed their pictures here on

PHOTOPEACH AS ALWAYS 🙂 Vaughan William’s piece is used as the sound

track on this slideshow.


Then we played along to the music using some kitchen utensils as percussion.

If you found this post interesting,  this exhibit

From the ‘Kitchen’ on Exploratorium.edu

may interest you.