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All about the Powwow.

To continue our appreciation of Native American Heritage Month, we’re going to learn about ‘powwows!’ The powwow is a staple in North American Indigenous tradition. It is a gathering of tribe members all across North America who celebrate life by dancing and singing! These social celebratory gatherings have been held for hundreds of years. The […]

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Learning Gratitude through Reflection

Today is a wonderful day to learn about gratitude, don’t you think? If you don’t know what gratitude means, it means: “the quality of being thankful.” What are you thankful for? Have you thought much about what you’re thankful for? Most people don’t think about what they’re thankful for very often. If they did, science […]

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All about the Drum.

To celebrate the beginning of Indigenous People’s Month, we want to teach you about the importance of the drum! To help us teach, we spoke with Raymond Sewell, a member of the L’nu people. Raymond is a special advisor at Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia. He has also played the drum since he could […]

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Learning Mindfulness through Sound

Have you ever heard of the word, ‘mindfulness?’ Mindfulness is a word that means, “being in the moment.” It is a practice that is becoming popular because of its health benefits! Not giving your brain a break can be very tiring, and it can cause you to feel troubled. No one likes being troubled and […]

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The Shape of Music | Color

Written by Mete Bakircioglu Welcome back to “The Shape of Music,” a five-part series where we take you through the magic of music—how it works and what makes it sound so good. So far, we’ve learned about rhythm (the heartbeat of music) and melody (the “meat and potatoes” of music), and the musical alphabet which […]

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Storytime Activity: Camp Tiger

Posted on October 15th by Jackson Poling Your ears are in for a treat! On October 15th at 5pm, ICAN will be airing a storytime episode featuring the amazing picture-book Camp Tiger. Tonight you’ll be able to hear the voice of the award winning fiction author Susan Choi. She will be reading the story that […]

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The Shape of Music | Keyboard

Written by Mete  Bakircioglu  Welcome back to “The Shape of Music,” a five-part series where we take you through the magic of music—how it works and what makes it sound so good. So far, we’ve learned about rhythm (the heartbeat of music) and melody (the “meat and potatoes” of music). Now that we’ve got the […]

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The Shape of Music | Melody

Written by Mete Bakircioglu Welcome back to “The Shape of Music,” a five-part series where we take you through the magic of music. I’ll explain how music works and what makes it sound so good. Last episode we studied rhythm: the heartbeat of music. Follow along as we learn about melody, the tune that gets […]

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Worry Dolls

Long ago, there was a Mayan princess named Ixmucane (icks-moo-ca-neigh). Her father, the Sun God, granted her a very special gift- the ability to take away any problem a human could experience. Though this tale has faded into legend, the people of Guatemala have kept it alive through worry dolls, little handmade dolls crafted in […]

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Collage

Collage, from the french word coller, or ‘to glue’, is a funky, fun, unique style that you’ve probably encountered before, in class or at museums. But do you know the history behind it?  Collage was made popular by artists Braque and Picasso who began experimenting with it in 1910, and many artists followed suit, taking materials like colored paper, photos, paintings, […]

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