Books to be shared

Perfect Snow by Barbara Reid

Barbara Reid’s Perfect Snow is a wonderful book to read, especially now, during our Canadian winter. Children and adults can relate to the excitement felt after the first snow fall. As a teacher I can hear the stampede of children as they head outside to make snow angels, forts, snowmen and catch snow falling with their out stretched tongues. And… Barbara Reid is able to capture it all, in great detail, using plasticine, ink and water color as her medium.

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Scott wants to create the largest snowman while Jim wants to create the “indestructible Snow Fortress of Doom”. When they team up and enlist the help of all of the school yard children they’re able to create something everyone is excited about.

As a parent or teacher, what can you do with this book? First, ask if anyone can make connections to the cover and have them predict what the story will be about. You can listen to Barbara Reid reading Perfect Snow here.

I love to use plasticine/ clay with my students and Barbara Reid is a master when it comes to plasticine. She has several videos that you can watch before making your own clay scenes.

Making Plasticine Pictures Part 1

Making Plasticine Pictures Part 2

Making Plasticine Pictures Part 3

Creating Perfect Snow 

So… have some fun with clay and be sure to head outside and play in the snow!


My Childhood Home

I’ve been doing some writing with my students. Here is a sample of an acrostic poem.

My Childhood Home

Long walks on the shore

In my bare feet

Feeling the waves as they crash, washing away sand

Exploring the caves

A big gob of spit on a rock to make paint

The jellyfish that are left stranded when the tide goes out

Too many marshmallows for roasting

Heat from the campfire as my feet start to blister

Every kid in the field joins in

Covering myself in mud at low tide

Overly smooth sea glass and interesting shells

The life jackets, always in the boat

Turning out the lights and reading under the covers

A huge garden out back where I ate peas by the handful

Getting to spend time with my family

Enjoying every moment.


Active For Life Reviews Messy Jessy Gets Active

I was very pleased when the website Active for Life agreed to review my latest book Messy Jessy Gets Active. They are a website filled with great information on how to raise physically literate children. There are an abundance of resources for parents and teachers (and anyone else who is around children). If physical literacy is a new term for you, you need to check them out. If not, you should check them out anyway!

The review can be found here.

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Meet Jayne Peters at the Library

September 9, 2017

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Book Launch

Looking forward to celebrating Messy Jessy Gets Active today with the community at our local library. It will be the first time I’ve met the illustrator, Diane Lucas. We did all of our correspondence for the book on-line or over the phone. I can’t wait to thank her in person for doing such a wonderful job capturing Messy Jessy’s character!

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Beaches, gardens, sunshine and campfires …



Time for Musing

Time eludes us. As a mom who works full time and has a new book being released, “Where do you find the time?” is a phrase I hear quite often. Extra time certainly isn’t stashed away in my overrun closets (not spending much time there).

Everyone has the same 24 hours and life won’t allow me to bank what I don’t use from one day to the next. Imagine being able to negotiate time. Tomorrow is really busy so I’ll take an hour from today and tack it on to tomorrow. What would that extra hour be for? Would I continue the business or would that hour be chosen to meditate or spend time with a loved one? Some cultures view time as cyclical, not something you run out of. How would that feel? Would the “slow movement” then seem more possible? I would be reallocating the time allotments in my life and focusing on what is most important: my family and my health.

I think my notion of time started to change when a friend showed me an animated video by Dr. Mike Evans about exercise. There are great benefits to getting 30 minutes of daily exercise and his message left me feeling that surely I can take 30 minutes out of each day to do some form of exercise. Surely I can get everything else done that needs to be done in the 23.5 hours that remain. Surely! I even have this great bike to help me.


I get that time is often not our own. We have jobs and kids and spouses (and a whole slew of other people and responsibilities) that all have demands on us. But as much as time remains constant it is also fluid. Ten minutes is ten minutes no matter what you’re doing, but time feels very different. It can appear to pass slowly when you’re waiting intently and quickly when you’re having fun. And when we sleep we’re unaware of the passage of time.

So… what is time? Is it an excuse? Sorry, I never have enough time. Or maybe it is a measuring stick. I can’t believe those first 4 years have gone by so quickly. Do we feel like we have an abundance of time so we take it for granted, especially in our youth? Is it something we’re all running out of, like an inverted hourglass? Is time a desperate plea? If only I had one more hour with him/her. If someone dies we pay our respects, we give them the gift of our time. We make time for the dead when we need to make time for the living.

I was recently introduced to the concept of a “time journal” that has the same goal as a “food journal”: to track how you spend your time so that you can make more informed choices. So, this leads me back to my original question, “Where do people find the time?” It would seem that it’s all a matter of how we choose to spend our time. John Maxwell likens it to currency. Every one of us has the same amount of time in the day. It is how we choose to spend that ever so important coinage.

To some, it may seem odd to take the time to contemplate time. But it is about being aware. Present. So choose your time wisely. It defines who you are. Beyond the necessities of my job I plan to eat healthy, exercise, spend time with my family, read, and write. They sound like great ways to spend my time. How about you? What are your plans?