Tuesday, March 3, 2015

#TeacherFriends Tues 3/3: Meaningful Math TALK!


TUESDAY!!! TWITTER!!! Friends-that-are-teachers!!!!! 

#TEACHERFRIENDS

There's already a LOT of buzz about tonight's chat! 
Donna is one of our MOST requested 
#GuestEduCelebrities! 

Tonight's the night! 


What does the term "Math Talk" mean to you? 
Want to know more? 

Have we got the chat for you! 

Donna is the brains and heart behind the blog: 

There are PRIZES! 

Once more our good friends at ESGI! 
They will give a year's software membership! 
If somehow you don't win? 

You're welcome to use my affiliate code: 
B1215 
and receive a discount in your inaugural year. 
{Yes, I benefit, too in the process! WIN-WIN!} 

See you tonight! 

The chat will officially get started at 9PM EST. 

We welcome newbies and dear ol' friends beginning at 8:30 for 'Twitter orientation' and plain ol' visiting! 

                              

In addition? Stenhouse Publishers are giving away two of Donna's favorite books! 



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Read Across America! Dr. SEUSS! Green Eggs and MORE!

READ! READ! READ! READ! READ! READ! READ!


Just as sure as the 100 Day Party follows the New Year...... 
So it is that Dr. Seuss follows Valentine's Day. 

Some things you can count on! 
Sun comes up! 
Green eggs celebrate reading! 

Get your striped hat on!
ANYthing that celebrates reading and authors? 

PRICELESS!  


Seuss RoundUP of Creative Ideas: Classroom Doors and Charts at RainbowsWithinReach

STRIPED HATS! GREEN EGGS and READING: OH MY!










Dr. Seuss Bulletin Board for "Things" from Handprints via RainbowsWithinReach

Seuss Bulletin Board via RainbowsWithinReach

DR.SEUSS FAVORITES INSPIRE CREATIVITY 


It's getting to be that time of year again. When classrooms and hallways go awash with striped hats and cats! It's time to really finish up your plans for "Read Across America" and all things Seuss. 


I've gathered up some brand new goodies for your inspiration from my author/illustrator school visits across the country! The images today are from schools in Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, New York and TEXAS! 

Dr. Seuss Quote for books! at RainbowsWithinReach

How can you possibly go wrong with paper plates, pipe cleaners and torn construction paper. 
Aren't these clever? 
A craftivity to be sure, yet each character has their own unique spin. 
They're a WIN in my book! 

Think of all that fine motor development with the tearing of the paper! 

'Cats in Hats" on Paper Plates with Torn Construction Paper via RainbowsWithinReach

Here's a bright bulletin board celebrating all THINGS Seuss. 
Lucky Mrs. Wishard to have 'only' 18 THINGS to teach. 

Dr. Seuss Bulletin Board via RainbowsWithinReach

You may know that my first full time teaching position in public school was as the art teacher. My heart leaps and dances when I see such work as this composite of free hand drawings below. These clever renditions were created by kindergarten kiddos in my adopted state of Florida! I rejoice at the classroom teacher who values drawing as a foundation skill for young children. This level of work does not emerge from a class over night. This is the result of classroom teacher and students working in concert over many, many weeks to develop skills of observation and interpretation. FIVE STARS!! TEN STARS!!!! KUDOS!!! Winner, winner, Chicken Dinner! It can be done!

"Cats in Hats" Kindergarten Drawings via RainbowsWithinReach

Read Across America Poster Hand Drawn at RainbowsWithinReach

Gotta LUV the effort of this classroom door! 
Just makes me smile from ear-to-ear! 
Dr. Seuss: the original motivational guru. 

Dr. Seuss Inspired Decorated Classroom Door via Seuss RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

So which is your FAVORITE Dr. Seuss Book? 

Graphing Favorite Seuss Books: Seuss RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

Seuss Display in the Classroom Library via RainbowsWithinReach

Last year about this time I had a RoundUP of ideas spotted on my travels. 
There are some real classics in this earlier article. 
{Just click the picture to go back in time.}

Dr. Seuss RoundUP of Ideas via RainbowsWithinReach

Here's a few of my favorite images from that  earlier RoundUP -- in case you don't have time for the extra click. You'll have to go back to see the various 'apples-up-on-top' projects and green eggs. Plus the details surrounding the CLASSIC Lorax decorated classroom door are in the earlier article. 





photo of: Classroom Door Decoration for Dr. Seuss book The Lorax


I am something of an unusual picture book author and illustrator, as my books are the embodiment of original songs that I have written and recorded. I have turned three of my songs into the traditional picture book format. 

So this next picture is a capture of the teachers joining me on stage for a spirited rendition of my "Piggy Rap." I think that you can see that the teachers DELIGHTED their students with their enthusiasm. BTW: That's Crystal right in the middle of the picture. 

Debbie Clement School Visit

I received such a delightful surprise from Crystal's students. 
She had them each draw a picture for me. 
Then she bound them all into a book!!! 

Debbie Clement portrait through the eyes of a Kinder Kiddo

The whole thing is a treasure, but this little portrait has captured by heart. 
Under the category of old dogs and new tricks! 
Crystal and her teenagers have taught me MUCH! 
Here is my first, ever fliptogram 'movie' WITH MY SONG! 
If ever you need a pick-me-up, just click for the joy! 






photo of: Three Picture Books by Debbie Clement of Rainbows Within Reach


Whew! That was a lot! Wasn't it? I hope that you've found some inspiration. I'd be so grateful for your pin. That's how people 'discover' me! Thanks. I had a blog hop last year on all things Seuss and I have opened it back up. So if you have an idea, please add it to the others. I'd be so grateful for your link back here. It's the proper blog etiquette, after all. Wink-wink. 


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Praise Report: Resilience, Creativity + Growth!

Becoming a parent is a lifetime commitment to offering support and encouragement. They start out so utterly dependent and we are in awe of every coo and peep. Skinned knees and pinched fingers of those early years are hardly sufficient preparation for the coming bumps and bruises -- not to mention the train wrecks that life-on-Earth can deliver to our loved ones. 

Maturing children confront opportunities for bigger calamities with each passing era. So giving them the perspective gift of resilience is perhaps our greatest parenting contribution. Not making the team. A favorite pet's death. Snubs from the sorority squad. Real pain at the time. Preparation for rising up in the face of REAL life to come. Perspective. Bouncing back. Making the best of "it." 

The week that has passed fills me with appreciation for my own two daughters. I am so completely proud of each of them. What a week we have had.

If you've arrived for this week's update, chances are that you know about my first born and the saga that is her life-at-the-moment. About six weeks ago, she learned quite abruptly that her husband of ten years had decided to end their marriage. On a reality show or TV series, the character in the lead role quite likely is a total wreck, under blankets, surrounded by distractions-du-jour.

Real life does not necessarily afford the opportunity to indulge in such a cathartic retreat. In this particular situation, there are lunch boxes to fill and bills to pay. 

REALITIES

Fact #1. It turns out that my former son-in-law has STILL NOT paid the first month's court dictated child support payment, ordered by the magistrate and calculated with forms and formulas. It tears me up to wrap my head around that reality. I shake my head in utter dismay. Who is that man? Add your fervent prayers for this pressing matter, please. 

Fact #2. Our blue-eyed daughter has indeed moved ALL of the home's utilities into her name solo, as she was instructed by the court to do. Those bills are just beginning to arrive. One day at a time. One bill at a time. There are new mantras to learn. New prayers to make for those accounts.  

Fact #3. We made the VERY difficult decision to 'terminate' the law firm representing our daughter early this week. There is just no way that we could afford the mounting expense of that office. As of this moment, Sarah is on the 'grace-of-God' plan, seeking new representation: closer to home. Realizing the sum of money spent in these initial weeks literally turns my stomach. There are MANY emotions involved with our feelings on this necessary decision to switch. Pray for peace with all of these emotions and that the new counsel being sought, and brought up to date can be the model of efficiency and frugality in moving forward.

Fact #4. The hermit crab that WonderBoy purchased with our Valentine's Day gift money: died. Harsh timing.  

Unsettling facts for certain. Challenges. On to the good news. 

Here's the praise report! 

1. Our Sarah, rather than hibernating, has immersed herself in her capabilities. She has made her month's goal with her "Younique" enterprise and has some cash in hand {she gets paid immediately upon each order!} from sharing her expertise on that platform. Her team of 'recruits' is nearing fifty! Team Rah-Rah will be a force to be reckoned with over the coming months. She is quite the motivational cheerleader. Thank you! 



2. Here's the REAL praise report! Sarah got out her paint brushes, paint and her heaven-sent talent and got to work! Hot off the press. Like yesterday! 



We are still completely 'against' passing the hat for the unexpected expense of her legal representation. HOWEVER. Using our skills and projects to fund this necessary legal work seems completely reasonable to us. Sarah is willing to part with her painting -- to a good home. She has entitled this first one "New Start." It is 30 by 40" and is acrylic on canvas. I think that $150 is a reasonable price for something of this size. Do you live in Columbus, OH with a need for a piece of original art work? Know someone that does? Let me know and I can connect the dots. 

Guess what! She has already completed the companion piece to the first, in another color scheme! Getting these sold will help with the utility bills on their way. I'm so proud of her for dusting off her brushes and getting to work on creative projects that are completely under HER design. 

 

This just in!!!
She has time on her hands tonight. She JUST finished another piece! This one is smaller and measures just 16 by 20" and could brighten up a little corner in your home! For a song or a gas bill! 




LET'S HEAR IT FOR CREATIVITY! 

FREE Design Tool/Website: CANVA, makes your images truly graphic & professional looking. "Keep Calm and Create" from RainbowsWithinReach


MORE GOOD NEWS!

3. Our brown-eyed daughter, Noelle played this week at John F Kennedy Center in Washington DC with the Apollo Orchestra. That's pretty awesome, right? But the seriously amazing part is that the concert was 'simul-cast' over the web and we got to watch it in real-time, while talking to my parents as they watched in Augusta! How cool is technology? Want to take a listen? #Blessed! If you can only listen to three minutes, go to the very conclusion and listen to THE most amazing rendition of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Spoiler alert: NOT like a camp sing-along. 


Where did the two of these children get all of this capability? 

4. The dear sweet blogger that bought the four wobble chairs has received them, fallen in LUV and has already ordered her first additional dozen wobbles! In addition to that order: One of my twitter friends has just ordered some wobbles for her school. The wobbles are winning!
Order yours from us, as distributors at WobbleSeat.com

5. I received an email to end the week, from one of my longtime incredible OH supporters and she'd seen that I'm speaking at OAEYC in May. She has access to some grant funds and is eager to write up a grant for me to come visit her program!!! Every one of these 'new' invitations that fits with the calendar's availability feels like a gift from heaven. She had NO awareness of my prayers for 'new' work. She will need my product to give to her students as part of the grant. THANK YOU!

6. A random little gift card to Target arrived in the mail. That's an easy 're-gift.' It was a little 'thank you' and opening it brought such a smile. Every little bit of manna from heaven is appreciated. 

7. Which reminds me, I got another $15 credit to spend at Zulily this week!!! Thank you kind person for clicking through from me! 

8. My sweet friend from a Lamaze class, a mere 31 years ago sent a hug in an envelope. People are so good. 

9. I have been promoted to adding the music to our weekly Tutoring After-School Homework Club for church. I've wrangled another guitarist to help. I've never played with another guitarist. The kids were SO impressed. It was SOOOOO much fun! We've added three songs to the repertoire. "I've got the JOY!" 



10. And what an amazing conclusion for my blessings shout out! I was digging around in my studio for something (which now escapes me) and I got distracted by our painted bunting visiting on the bird feeder.  As I paused to marvel, I put my hands on my ironing board, right below the window. Sitting there, right in the midst of a pile of calico, was this bookmark. I have absolutely NO idea how it got there. I have no particular memory of ever seeing it previously. 

When I get discouraged or filled with sorrow or fear on behalf of my baby bird and her WonderPeeps, I will read and reread this verse. I can't honestly say that I think there are angels playing in my studio. It must have fallen out of a pile somehow? What an amazing "God-wink!"

This story is known in heaven. Knowing that you are caring about it, praying for us, sending encouragement, makes every development a reminder that we are in our Creator's hands. I am eternally grateful.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

STEM + ARTS = STEAM: Post-it Note Geometry in Preschool!


Debbie Clement Appreciates AUTHENTIC Preschool Art: Patterns, Colors, Shapes
AUTHENTIC ART BY PRESCHOOL CHILDREN: COLORS, SHAPES + PATTERNS ~~ OH MY!

WELCOME! Looking for STEM + Art = STEAM? 
Have I got an INCREDIBLE idea to share! 
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This has to be the most amazing of the awesomesauce! 
NEW TO ME! 
FANTASTIC! INCREDIBLE! 
SIMPLE-yet-0H-S0-PR0F0UND! 
But, first. A little 'back-story.' 

photo of: Three Picture Books by Debbie Clement of Rainbows Within Reach

I'm an Author/Illustrator and I make school visits. 
This is year number 19 for me, traveling about as a consultant. 
Last week, was my FIRST, EVER, Week-long, District-wide RESIDENCY! 
HUGE gratitude to the Del Valle ISD in TEXAS!
After giving my one-day staff development presentation, I then spent the next four days making 17 Author presentations to the youngest children in the school district: 

THE PRESCHOOLERS!

Every one of the teachers had received a copy of my first book, 
"You're Wonderful" 
during our kick-off day together! 
Take a peak!


"Why, YES! They DO LOOK LIKE QUILTS!" 
Fabric is my addiction! Can't get enough! 
I have made my book illustrations from fabric as small quilts.
Hubby gets them scanned professionally. 
We publish my books, ourselves!  

 HOW UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL to land in Preschool during "Letter Q" week! 
EVERYone knows that 'Q is for Quilt!'




.......................D-R-U-M-R-O-L-L.................

Now for the part you came searching for! 
Gen-u-ine STEM activity for Preschool, Transitional K + KINDER too! 
ARE. YOU. READY?
Part Math. Part Engineering. PART ART!

STEM + Arts = STEAM at RainbowsWithinReach: Post-it note Geometry in Preschool

YES. FOLKS. 
This next portion of the brilliance is created using POST-IT-NOTES!
Just as I hoard collect fabric, 
I know that there are educators with drawers, bins and buckets of Post-its!
I know because I have seen your collections on Instagram!
LOOK HOW YOU CAN USE YOUR STASH!
QUILT SQUARES a la Post-its! 

STEM + Arts = STEAM at RainbowsWithinReach: Post-it note Geometry in Preschool

CHILDREN do the MATH and the ENGINEERING! 
One square folded in half becomes a rectangle. 
Two rectangles placed side by side, recreates the square: 
IN TWO COLORS! {Or not.}

STEM + Arts = STEAM at RainbowsWithinReach: Post-it note Geometry in Preschool

"You're Wonderful" is now a TEN YEAR OLD!
I have been traveling with my book for exactly ten years.
I have seen LOTS of brilliant 'quilt-making' ideas in a decade --
in response to my artwork.
I have LUV'd it all!

This is the first time to ever see the 
POST-IT Note Engineering Quilt Block Idea! 
If I could do a cartwheel, I would! 
Instead I got out my PomPoms and went bonkers!



STEM + Arts = STEAM at RainbowsWithinReach: Post-it note Geometry in Preschool

Even more amazing than the work itself? 
For once I know where to give the "credit" for the brilliance. 

Over our celebratory-pizza to conclude last week, I was still GUSHING over the post-it notes with the mastermind behind the entire residency week. 

Turns out that my Wisconsin-born Scott, library man turned Early Childhood Center director has been mentored by  
THE JUANITA COPLEY!

Nita has revised her NAEYC commissioned book, 

 








So NOW let's take a close-up look at a LOT of the 
other quilts from our week together! 

I can't believe that I don't have pictures of every single collaborative piece of art created.
My apologies to some of the teachers, whose directed work is not represented here. My camera batteries and my memory cards were not always cooperative.  

I do have quite a few images to share! 





















I have some EARLIER RoundUPs that are on the STEM Theme! 
{Just click the picture to go back in time to the earlier article.} 

Science Exploration in Early Childhood RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach
Science in the Early Childhood Classroom 

Making Math Meaningful: Building a Math Foundation
Making Math Meaningful in the Early Education Classroom 

photo of: Quilts in the Classroom: Art Meets Geometry RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach
Quilts in the Classroom: Q is for Quilt! Community Collaboration: Geometry Meets Art
AUTHENTIC Art versus Craftivity: Examples, Opinion and Insight at RainbowsWithinReach

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