Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monsters, Fear, Perseverance + Monster Spray for Halloween Fun


photo of: Monsters of Emotions by Third Graders (via RainbowsWithinReach)

Once upon a time there was a very precocious and extremely verbal two year old who was VERY afraid of the MONSTERS in her dark bedroom at night. Bedtime became something of an ordeal. No amount of cajoling and maternal listening could convince her otherwise. 

photo of: Third Grade Monsters with Emotion via RainbowsWithinReach

Weary mommy would be awakened night after night with fearful tears as the Monsters seemed to convene sometime around 2:18 a.m. to start their Toddler terrorizing treachery.  Every.Single.Night. 

photo of: Monsters with Emotions in Third Grade via RainbowsWIthinReach

Then one middle of the night the lightbulb went off in that exhausted mommy brain! 
Ask WHERE the monsters were. Specifically. 

"They're under the bed." 
"They're up on the top of the teddy bear shelf." 
"They're between the shoes in the closet." 

photo of: Third Grade "Monster" Drawings via RainbowsWIthinReach

Just like that! Mommy reached for her MONSTER SPRAY! 
She sprayed in each monster-hiding-place with the {invisible} spray. 

After all we had used bug-spray earlier that day and it DID keep the bugs away!!! 
In the wink and blink of an eye, little precocious one went to sleep! 
FOR THE REST OF THE NIGHT!

Brilliant mommy made spraying the room's hiding places a nightly ritual forever after and the whole house slept soundly ever since!

You, too, can have an entire SONG to empower the fearful in your life. 
My "Monster Spray" is available as a digital download!
It is available at TeachersPayTeachers!  

"Monster Spray" Digital Download Mp3 + Pdf's from Debbie Clement

If you are still reading..... 
You can enter to win a copy of "Monster Spray" 
Go to my FB fanpage and share a MONSTER idea!
Easy-peasy!!!
You have till midnight tonight! HURRY!

Now, here's the happy update! 
That precocious one is all grown up! 
Here she is, oboe in hand, lower right hand corner. 
This weekend. 
National Cathedral: Washington DC.




That's a portion of the 140 voice choral. 
My first time in this amazing setting! 





photo of: Kindergarten Anchor Chart for Trick or Treating via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Props for Monster Book via Monster RoundUP with RainbowsWithinReach

Earlier I gathered up DOZENS of Monster Ideas from fellow bloggers in this article. 

photo of: Overcoming Childhood Fears: Monsters thru Art, Fine Motor, Math and Science (Math RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

Jump back in time to an afternoon of our WonderPeeps making Monster Puppets!

UpCycled DIY Monster Puppet via RainbowsWithinReach

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Teachers TwitterChat: Supporting Parents of Challenging Students


Today's TUESDAY! 
That means time to PRACTICE our Twitter Chat Skills! 

Tonight we have a topic close to all the heart of all my #TeacherFriends: 

PARENTING! 
Supporting parents! 
Supporting parents of Challenging Kids! 

Tonight as our #GuestEduCelebrity 
we have Bill Corbett in the spotlight!
Be sure that you are following him on Twitter! 

Bill wears MANY hats. 
He speaks regularly on a whole range of topics, 
but the 'parenting' subject is the one drawing his largest audiences. 

Tonight he will be giving away a recording of his lecture,
"Creating Cooperative Kids: 
Love, Limits & Lessons." 

All you have to do is to enter our Google Doc with your info. 
That doc will be tweeted at 8:30 and regularly through out the evening's chat and once entered you will be eligible for ALL prizes being awarded tonight. 



Just a reminder. 
If you are 'new' to Twitter and or chatting on Twitter, 
I would suggest that you arrive EARLY, beginning at 8:30 PM EST.
There will be several of us available in the wings 
to help you navigate our visiting-chatting together. 
I use TweetDeck and make a 'column' for our chat,
using the hashtag #TeacherFriends for navigation. 


Here's the outline of our spotlight guests from now until Thanksgiving. 
Make note. 
Mark your calendars. 

We do archive each chat session. 
That allows you to read back through all of the helpful insight being shared -- at your leisure! 











Sunday, October 19, 2014

Veteran's Day Song for Children: Author School Visit


Debbie Clement Makes an Author-Illustrator School Visit in NJ!
"Paint your own Rainbow" 

The {SURPRISE} Story of an Author-Illustrator School Visit

Just over two weeks ago I received an order for my newest picture book "Red, White and Blue" by way of TpT. I always like to sign and personalize my books whenever possible. In getting the order ready to ship, I noticed that her school is in New Jersey. As chance would have it, my travel plans were to be in NJ for a presentation at the state AEYC conference. Two plus two = author visit! 

Green Hills Elementary in NJ

With barely two weeks of planning and preparation, I walked in the front door to enthusiasm, excitement and prepared kindergarten and first grade students. To make that happen? It takes a couple of amazing teachers and the support of a school superintendent plus one 'go-to-PTA' to pull a rabbit out of the hat with this little notice.  

BEWARE: Ordering a picture book may indeed pave the way for the author walking in the front door a heartbeat later! 

It takes a VILLAGE to Create a School Visit: Kindergarten Teachers get Organized

Take a look at the creative projects underway in preparation for Veteran's Day!
These were being made in the art room.*

*I have LOTS to show you from this amazingly creative art teacher over the weeks ahead! 

Patriotic Stars Created in Honor of Veteran's Day


Veteran's Day Writing in Kindergarten


Veteran's Day Writing in Kindergarten at RainbowsWithinReach

Veteran's Day Writing in Kindergarten at RainbowsWithinReach

Veteran's Day Writing in Kindergarten at RainbowsWithinReach


Veteran's Day Writing in Kindergarten at RainbowsWithinReach


Veteran's Day Writing in Kindergarten at RainbowsWithinReach

Veteran's Day Writing in Kindergarten at RainbowsWithinReach

Here's my digital download version of the song and support materials. 
The zipped file is available at Teachers Pay Teachers. 

"Red, White and Blue" by Debbie Clement (digital download)

If you HURRY I think there's still sufficient time to order the physical picture book, that needs the time to get from me to you. You can get that at TpT too. 

"Red, White and Blue" Picture Book {and song} for Patriotic Presentations, by Debbie Clement


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kindness Quilt: "Rules" in Preschool {Child's Perspective!}

"Our Kindness Quilt" Preschool Handprints and Rules thru the eyes of the Children

WELCOME!
I LUV LUV LUV Quilts & Quilting!  
Look at that simply AMAZING method of capturing the hearts of your preschoolers. 

This incredible, yet simple quilt hangs proudly just outside of Denver 
in our little sweet missy's Preschool. 
This work was done by the BIG kids (the four year olds) 
and our sweetheart is only three -- 
but in dropping her off earlier this month I got to see this incredible class effort. 

I knew you'd want to see up close, what the kiddos had to say about kindness! 
Take a look! 

"Our Kindness Quilt" Preschool Handprints and Rules thru the eyes of the Children

"Our Kindness Quilt" Preschool Handprints and Rules thru the eyes of the Children

"Our Kindness Quilt" Preschool Handprints and Rules thru the eyes of the Children

"Our Kindness Quilt" Preschool Handprints and Rules thru the eyes of the Children



"Our Kindness Quilt" Preschool Handprints and Rules thru the eyes of the Children

"Our Kindness Quilt" Preschool Handprints and Rules thru the eyes of the Children


"Our Kindness Quilt" Preschool Handprints and Rules thru the eyes of the Children

"Our Kindness Quilt" Preschool Handprints and Rules thru the eyes of the Children



"Our Kindness Quilt" Preschool Handprints and Rules thru the eyes of the Children



Of course I will have to take some of these images above and add them into one of my favorite RoundUPs of all time! If you're into quilting in the classroom, you'll definitely want to return to this ol' favorite!!! 

photo of: Quilts in the Classroom: Art Meets Geometry RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

If you're looking for hand-print ideas I have over 100 in this article. 

EPIC {Painted} Hands & Feet RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

Here's a RoundUP of 71 earlier charts for Classroom Rules & Expectations. 

71 Examples of Classroom Rules: RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

And here's my biggest RoundUP with a KINDNESS focus! 

Kindness Inspiration, Filling Buckets + Emotional Intelligence RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach

Would you be a kind-heart today? 
Would you pin from this article? 
MOST of my traffic arrives via Pinterest.

This is an idea worth spreading. 
Wouldn't it be AWESOME if kindness went viral?  
Thanks so much! 

"Our Kindness Quilt" Preschool Insight into Kindness via RainbowsWithinReach

Here are a couple of my FAVORITE class quilts created in honor of my picture books! 

YES! I am in LUV LUV LUV with quilted responses to my quilted illustrations! 

Kindergarten Quilt Collaboration in Response to Debbie Clement's Picture Book: "Red, White and Blue"

Colossal Kindergarten Collaborative Quilt in Response to Debbie Clement's "You're Wonderful"





Thanks for your support! I am so appreciative of your pins!

Thanks for your support! I am so appreciative of your pins!
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