Monthly Archives: June 2016

Fun to be UPSET and CHIEF ⋆ Clowns Without Borders

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Clowns and Children At Risk, A Story from San Antonio:

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Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders

     Clowns Without Borders is one of my favorite organizations working with people in traumatic situations around the world. Today’s post introduces you to their work in San Antonio, at St. PJ’s home for children at risk. Read this introduction to their work and follow each of the posts as the clowns work with children in this community.

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“Background Clowns Without Borders-USA St. PJ’s, San Antonio, Texas Three clowns, Marisol Rosa-Shapiro, Luther Bangert and I are in residence at St. PJ’s Children Home in San Antonio, TX for two weeks. St. PJ’s mission is to “provide safe and …”

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At the BSA, redefining the playground – The Boston Globe

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The Vital Importance of Play, New Playgrounds:

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Courtesy of Anonymous Designer

     We are in the midst of a renaissance in playgrounds for people of all ages. KaBoom is sponsoring another of its contests to identify and support good playground design in communities across the nation. In Boston, the Boston Society of Architects has sponsored new ideas and designs in its current exhibition. Check out some of these interesting developments in playground design.

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“The Boston Society of Architects looks at playground design — and unveils two new playgrounds.”

Source: At the BSA, redefining the playground – The Boston Globe

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The Creative Apothecary Supports New Playground Development!

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Music therapy now a fixture at children’s hospitals

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Music in Medicine, Children’s Hospitals Are Leaders:

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     The Boston Globe now has a special unit called STAT that follows developments in medicine. This essay by Melissa Bailey in the Longwood Pulse series is an excellent introduction to the integration of music therapy into medicine at children’s hospitals. This is a development that Create & Be Well has been following for the last several years. Music therapy actually took root in medicine after World War II and is part of the larger movement of integrating the arts into medical practice.

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“There are now 6,000 credentialed music therapists practicing in the US, 15 percent of whom work in medical or surgical settings.”

Source: Music therapy now a fixture at children’s hospitals

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Music Therapy in Hospitals!

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Ultimate List Of Preschool Read-Aloud Books

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For Parents, A Great List of Books to Read to Your Child:

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Courtesy of Tara Books

     We all appreciate good suggestions for reading aloud to young children. This list includes many books you may not know about, less familiar than some of the more famous ones. Check it out!

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“Let’s focus on some less-heralded — yet still highly praised — read-aloud books for the three- to five-year-old preschool set.”

Source: Ultimate List Of Preschool Read-Aloud Books

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The Creative Apothecary Suggests Reading Aloud to Your Children!

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Music helps loosen muscles, memories for dementia patients :: WRAL.com

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The Power of Music in Medicine:

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     Music is a powerful tool in human development, from the early phases of life through the varieties of illness that can strike both young and old. Increasingly music is becoming apart of the therapeutic approaches to dementia. This post shares the story of one program in North Carolina.

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“Music has the power to lift a person’s mood and calm nerves. That is why many therapists are harnessing that power to help people and caregivers living with dementia.”

Source: Music helps loosen muscles, memories for dementia patients :: WRAL.com

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Transforming Power of Music!

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Einstein’s musical talent helped propel his scientific breakthroughs — Quartz

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The Power of Music, the Arts and Science:

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     Almost every major scientist I know plays a musical instrument. When I was a dean at a new university in Texas, we could bring together many small ensembles from the musician/scientists among us. We cannot underestimate the power of music in human life and we need to put it at the heart of our education systems. Enjoy this report on how music shaped the life and work of Albert Einstein.

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Source: Einstein’s musical talent helped propel his scientific breakthroughs — Quartz

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Music in Our Lives!

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72 Creative Ways for Students to Show What They Know – Minds in Bloom

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For the Summer, Approaches to Creativity for Young People:

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      This is a wonderful resource for parents and teachers, with ideas and resources for creative demonstrations of knowledge. Testing is the least effective way of demonstrating knowledge.

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“There are more ways to demonstrate understanding than just taking a test. Read this list of 72 ways for students to show what they know and get ideas!”

Source: 72 Creative Ways for Students to Show What They Know – Minds in Bloom

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Courtesy of Iris Grace and Horse Boy

The Creative Apothecary Supports Alternatives to Traditional Testing!

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Early Childhood Matters: new look, new edition now available – Bernard van Leer Foundation

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An Important Resource for Early Childhood:

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The Bernard van Leer Foundation in the Netherlands is a strong supporter of early childhood development and a great resource for ideas and information. Check out this new edition of their journal Early Childhood Matters. Its FREE.

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“The 2016 edition of the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s journal, Early Childhood Matters, was launched today by guest editor Joan Lombardi at the Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally in Toronto.”

Source: Early Childhood Matters: new look, new edition now available – Bernard van Leer Foundation

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The Conscious Elders Network Journal

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Great Ideas from the Conscious Elders Network:

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       The Conscious Elders Network is a group you need to know. Check out their Summer 2016 Journal for thoughtful essays for your reading and enlightenment. The images are from Buddha Doodles, a great new font of wisdom and laughter.

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The Creative Apothecary Salutes the Work of the Conscious Elders Network!

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For female inmates, Shakespeare in Prison is liberating

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The Arts in Prisons Fostering Rehabilitation:

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Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

      Using the arts in rehabilitating prisoners is one of the most important and useful of recent developments. I have posted before on this topic and it will be the focus of a resource guide in the Living Through Creativity series. Today’s post is another example in the growing Shakespeare in Prisons movement and shows how powerful drama therapy can be.

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“While staging productions like ‘Othello,’ inmates at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility learn teamwork…”

Source: For female inmates, Shakespeare in Prison is liberating

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Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

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Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

The Creative Apothecary Applauds the Arts in Prison Rehabilitation!

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