Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The School Bus as Art Project and MORE!

School Buses are Getting Ready

School Bus as Art Project and MORE at RainbowsWithinReach

SCHOOL BUS Season is Getting Closer! 

Last night we had our fourth weekly 
Tuesday Teacher Twitter PRACTICE CHAT! 

I am just amazed by the number of schools very near to the launch of another school year. Is it my imagination or does the post-Labor Day launch happen in fewer and fewer locations. I wanted to rush this collection to press for those first few weeks of getting acclimated to the school routine. 

Look at this beautiful bus collage. Framed, matted and under glass at the Houston airport. The style of painted paper collage pieces is almost Eric Carle in approach. 

School Bus Collage from Multi-media at RainbowsWithinReach

Here's a cutting and fine motor project for a personalized school bus!
Don't ya just LUV LUV LUV the windows in each project?  

Preschool Bus Project for Fine Motor Skills: Cutting out Shape

I saw these kindergarten 'cities' with an active school bus element on display in the halls of the kindergarten building where I made my author/illustrator school visit on Long Island in New York! I think I need to return to this stellar program! I'm willing!! 

Kindergarten Art Project of School Buses in the City from Simple Shapes (RainbowsWithinReach)

School Bus Reading Center in Preschool via RainbowsWithinReach

This hand-painted mural was commissioned by a dedicated Kinder-teacher in Ohio. Do you recognize the bus driver? Wait till you see all of the 'characters' headed to kindergarten! You really owe it to yourself to go back to this article and see the rest of the murals in his classroom! 

Hand Painted School Bus Mural via RainbowsWithinReach

Hand Painted School Bus Mural via RainbowsWithinReach

This next one has to be my favorite school bus of all time. 
The original child's drawing was taped on the wall in Reggio Emilia, Italy. 
No bigger than an 8" by 10" piece of paper as seen below. 

Child's School Bus Drawing Becomes the Basis for Professional Mural {Reggio Emilia, Italy} via RainbowsWithinReach

A professional artist then 'enlarged' and replicated by child's drawing in the two story entrance way of the new school's building. If you look closely in the upper left hand corner of my photo below, you'll notice the thermostat on the wall and that gives you some sense of the dimensions of this finished mural!! 

School Bus Mural in Reggio Emilia, Italy from Child's Drawing at RainbowsWithinReach

Riding the *BIG* bus to school is a HUGE milestone in the lives of any pips. 
These are my two WonderTwins (grand-children) on their first day of Kindergarten last fall. 

A fitting reminder of the meaning of 'kinder garten' from days of yore. 

Kindergarten and Riding the BUS {Bus Projects} RainbowsWithinReach

Hoping that all of your plans and preparations for the coming school year are unfolding with ease. Hoping also that your final days of summer, however limited or expansive they feel are filled with delightful experiences and plenty of reflection on all that you contribute to the village. 

"A Teacher Affects Eternity" via RainbowsWithinReach

Monday, July 21, 2014

Teacher Twitter Tues: Guest MysteryEduCelebrity Greg Smedley!

Teacher Twitter Tuesday: Practice Chat with Greg Smedley + PRIZES!

YES!!! Our Teacher PRACTICE Chat Marches On!

We have been having a RIOT of fun, learning how to chat together on Twitter. Tuesday night! 9 PM EST. Our latest addition is to *PLAN* to have moderators on our hashtag #TeacherFriends beginning at 8:30 for the newest of the newbies. 

Each week has brought more and more TWEEPS and lately it has felt like a cross between fireworks and a High School Class Reunion. You just have to know ahead of time that there is absolutely NO WAY that you can keep up in a chat room when over 50 people are chatting/typing/Tweeting at the same time! You learn to surf the waves of tweets. {Then you read the 'storified' version after the fact to see everything you missed.} 

Debbie Clement and Greg Smedley of Kindergarten Smorgasboard

HERE'S THIS WEEK'S BIG REVEAL! #MysteryEduCelebrity! The very amazing, creative @GregSmedley of Kindergarten Smorgasboard fame. Yes. He's just had surgery on his knee. Yes. He is still on medication. Yes. He promises to share secrets!!! Plus some lucky winner will walk away with his brand new product for back-to-school! YES! I have been to make an author/illustrator school visit to his school two years in a row! 

Our sweet hostess, Maggie of Maggie's Kindergarten has Tweep Tips to share today. You need to go over to her blog, to see her other Tweep Tips! 

Kristen, another hostess has a VERY insightful article, 
She outlines her thoughts on TweetDeck. Click her blog button to go learn her insight directly! 

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To give total newbies a head start for the chat...... 
We moderators put our head's together and decided it might help newbies, 
to have an 'open-book' chat, 
with the questions ahead of time! 

Here ya go. 
For those of you who like to plan ahead! 

9:00pm · 22 Jul 2014
#TeacherFriends! WELCOME! Where do you live? What do you teach? Have you chatted with us before? Are you a #TCV {TwitterChatVirgin: giggle}

9:06pm · 22 Jul 2014
#TeacherFriends Q1: When does school start? When can you get into your room? What's your #TPP {TeacherPetPeeve} about setting up your space?

9:12pm · 22 Jul 2014
#TeacherFriends Q2: Where did you go to college? What's your alma mater? What was your mascot? Taking classes now? Extended degrees?

9:22pm · 22 Jul 2014
#TeacherFriends Q3: Do YOU buy school supplies for your classroom? How much do you spend? Do you get a contribution from school?

9:33pm · 22 Jul 2014
#TeacherFriends Q4: What advice would you offer a new teacher for the #BTS {Back-to-school} season? Favorite BTS read-aloud? Resource?

9:41pm · 22 Jul 2014
#TeacherFriends Q5: Please share the 'furniture' set-up for your space. Tables? Desks? Centers? What would you like to introduce/try?

9:50pm · 22 Jul 2014
#TeacherFriends Time for #SnT {Show-n-Tell} Give us your own blog, IG, Pinterest, FB, connections. ANY blog article for BTS. Use bitly!

We're doing everything we can think of to support + encourage! 

Here's what the storified version of last week's chat looks like. 
You can follow fellow teachers right from the storify.
Special thanks to +Kim Vij who puts it together. 

Meanwhile. In real life, we are back to northern WI to our haven-on-Earth for the remainder of the summer season. We flew in yesterday, requiring three flights, followed by a 3.5 hour drive to our peninsula! This past weekend has been filled with dreams coming true.

I FINALLY met Jack Hartmann. Music POWER House. This is the two of us, upon arriving at ETSU for their Early Childhood Conference -- during the sound check. Jack was kind enough to let us use HIS equipment. Good people! 

As if that wasn't enough excitement...... I then got to meet and later have dinner with the music brains and heart behind the original four "Pete the Cat" books! Michael Levine is truly an awesome individual with a fascinating story to share! Yes. We truly did have gen-u-ine fun! 

Then finally on Day #3 we had a harmonic convergence!
All three of these uniquely capable music-peeps..... 
all on the stage at the same time! 

I 'found' myself tagged on Instagram. 
Super thanks to Kristie for remembering to tag! 
Sorry to Jack that my enthusiasm covered your face: oops. 

Speaking of Instagram. 
Are you following me? 
Tomorrow I have taking over the feed at BonBon Break! 
This is totally a new concept to me. 
I have complete instructions. 
Wish me luck! 
It's gonna be a B*I*G Tuesday for moi on social media!

Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Homeschooler -

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Practice" Chat on Twitter has First MysteryEduCelebrity Guest!

Twitter "Practice" Chat has First MysteryEduCelebrity Guest at RainbowsWithinReach


We continue on with our weekly "Practice" Twitter Chats. 
Tuesday nights. 
9 PM Eastern Standard Time 

Our Maggie was kind to make us a map to help with the time zone translation. 
This week I'm actually in the Eastern time zone. 
Must set alarm for myself! 

Tonight! Is GuineaPig with Gruener night! 
Needs a hashtag: 

We are going to continue to "PRACTICE" chat 
and add our first GUEST interview into the mix!
Yes. Moving forward we will have a 
#MysteryEduCelebrity Guest! 

One of the very best things about blogging? 
Connecting with folks in cyber-space and then meeting them in person!  

Yes. That is the dynamic duo of Barbara + MOI at her school!
That's THE Barbara Gruener of Corner on Character.
[She hosted my Author-Illustrator school visit!]

This photo commemorates the amazing moment when she walked back into her building, 
after being in a head-on car collision just weeks earlier.
(Her foot is in a boot, and her cast is covered by my book.) 

She was a dynamo BEFORE the collision. 
If you saw a photo of her car, 
you'd swear that there must have been a host of angels surround her. 
{{{Register for MADD.}}} 

In the midst of months of rehab, 
Barbara was compelled to bring her exciting ideas together: 
Her first published book was born! 

We're gonna Twitter-chat about all of this tonight. 
140 characters at a time.

Use the hashtag #TeacherFriends in every single tweet, to be catalogued into the chat. 

We will always refer to our chat as a "PRACTICE" chat. 
We welcome those new to Twitter, new to chatting. 
We really welcome accomplished chatters to support the newbies! 

Maggie made a cute certificate: 

Are you a #TCV? {TwitterChatVirgin} Join us and earn your certificate

Surely your participation this summer could earn some professional development? 
Now you'll have the certificate to demonstrate your commitment to professional growth! 

Kristen has been hard at work to explain the relative ease of using 

She's brilliant with the screen shots!

Tweet Deck 4

I know. 
Chances are good we're talking a foreign language. 
But I PROMISE you'll appreciate acquiring a taste for Twitter. 
It will give you access to educators around the globe, IN REAL TIME! 

***As motivation, let me remind you, that there are 
PRIZES given away every week! 

All you REALLY have to do is put the hashtag 
into the search function on Twitter. 
Follow the conversation. 

*Here's the storify version of last week's chat brought together by our own Kim of EducatorsSpinOnIt fame
techno goddess to the chat: 
You can read the entire hour long interaction from last week. 
Follow participants on Twitter. 
Retweet their insight. 
In the leisure of your quiet space.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

22 Methods for Counting the Days in School

Count the Days: 22 Methods RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

WELCOME! I'm doing a series of RoundUP Themes based on my many Author-Illustrator School Visits. Today I've gathered up ideas for counting the days in school. As I continue culling back through my photo memory cards I'll add additional images. I know you like looking into other classrooms and peeking at the bulletin boards of your peers. 

Count the Days: 22 Methods RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach


Count the Days: 22 Methods RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

Count the Days: 22 Methods RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

Count the Days: 22 Methods RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

Count the Days: 22 Methods RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

Count the Days: 22 Methods RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

Counting the Days in School System (with straws) via RainbowsWithinReach

22 Ideas for Counting the Days in School at RainbowsWithinReach

Counting Days as School on Paper Clip Chains

"How Many Days have We Been in School" Place Value in Kindergarten

Days in School Math Chart via RainbowsWithinReach

22 Ideas for Counting the Days in School at RainbowsWithinReach

22 Ideas for Counting the Days in School at RainbowsWithinReach

22 Ideas for Counting the Days in School at RainbowsWithinReach

22 Ideas for Counting the Days in School at RainbowsWithinReach

22 Ideas for Counting the Days in School at RainbowsWithinReach

22 Ideas for Counting the Days in School at RainbowsWithinReach

22 Ideas for Counting the Days in School at RainbowsWithinReach

22 Ideas for Counting the Days in School at RainbowsWithinReach

22 Ideas for Counting the Days in School at RainbowsWithinReach

22 Methods for Counting the Days in School at RainbowsWithinReach

22 Ideas for Counting the Days in School at RainbowsWithinReach

Now for today's commercial. 

Begin the Year Performance Songs by Debbie Clement

YES!!! ALL of my books may be ordered from me directly. 
They are also over at Teachers Pay Teachers
*I also have digital files of 'just' the song, in Mp3 format with pdfs of the support material at TpT

I've gathered a couple of other RoundUPs here for you to pin 
and save for later investigation. {Just click the pic to go to the article.}

THE Collection of over 200 Back-to-School Bulletin Boards at RainbowsWithinReach

Here's a favorite with Anchor Charts. 
Dozens and Dozens and Dozens of Anchor Charts 
PLUS their storage/organization, as seen on site! 

Anchor Charts on Hangers! Organization and Collection of Anchor Charts: RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

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That's how people *DISCOVER* me! 
I'm very grateful! 

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