Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy SECOND Anniversary and all things November!


November Inspiration at PreK+K Sharing

What a thrilling milestone! Today marks the launch of our third year here as a collaboration! We have two full, complete years of contributions to the field of early childhood under our belt and we're moving forward into the future with excitement and renewed enthusiasm. 

A couple of behind-the-scenes tidbits. Today's article is our 599th as a collaborative. In that time we have had 1,914,993 pageviews. Yes. We're zeroing in on hitting the 2 million mark! All by providing you a cross section of voices from the field: Direct, front line teachers in both Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms as well as consultants on a cross-section of the Arts plus experts in parenting and reading -- that's my attempt to categorize our eclectic mix. 

We have numerous authors who have been here from the very launch, who have written every single month since the inception. To those incredible contributors I send a super, cyber hug! You've kept the lights on and the place gleaming. You know who you are! I couldn't have done this without you. 

We have many who have contributed for a time and a season, bringing their insight in the midst of busy professional lives and we are grateful. We've also had guest authors. We've had contributors who 'split' a day with a buddy. And as we get ready to launch into our third year, we have eager 'NEW' contributors delighted to join the mix! Oh happy day. 

It was this calendar year that marked the launch of our cyber-store collaborative as well. Still under the 'If You Build it.... They will Come' marketing plan -- as there is still room for growth and discovery. Our Early Education Emporium continues to grow! Unfolding in real time is our "Speakers Bureau" and we hope to have that ready for launch at NAEYC later this month. Plans. Plans. and MORE Plans! 

NOW. Let's get inspired to take a look at all things November. First up? Veteran's Day as seen and observed, honored and created by little fingers. As the spouse of a Navy man and the Mother-in-Law of two servicemen I have a warm place in my heart for all things patriotic. 

Project Based Learning Approach for President's Day via RainbowsWithinReach

Here are some images from kindergarten where a 'Project Based Learning' approach was taken prior to my arrival for my author/illustrator school visit. These first several shots are from that article at my own blog. Click here to see the article in its entirety. There are literally a gazillion flags created in every possible medium from cotton balls to computer! 

photo of: Project Based Learning in Kindergarten via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: President's Day Class Book in Kindergarten via RainbowsWithinReach

Patriotic Drawing for Constitution Day

Here's my picture book, "Red, White and Blue" that would be the perfect book and song combo for your Veteran's Day observance with young children. Flags. Patriotic. Purple mountains. A land of diverse people. All things America. Perfect for 'performance.' 

Quilted Illustrations in "Red, White and Blue" by Debbie Clement

Symbols of America project for children, kindergarten painting for Memorial Day

Heart Flags for America at RainbowsWithinReach

New York City Patriotic Quilt for Author/Illustrator School Visit with Debbie Clement

Patriotic Weavings in Elementary School Art at RainbowsWithinReach

Here's my pinboard of all things Americana. {Click pic

Patriotism knows no age limit. 
The classic handprint flag above was created by loving preschool fingers. 

In my role now as author and illustrator I get to visit beyond my "PreK+K" threshold. Look what unfolded just a couple of weeks ago, as I visited in South Carolina. I got to visit in the first grade classroom as they created art in response to my work. 

Here's an amazing collaborative 'quilt' created by mature 2nd graders in Indianapolis. I was with them last spring on a mid-west tour to conclude the school year. If we in the ECE arena, develop skills and interest..... look what is possible with maturity! 

Read to the conclusion to see how you can *WIN* yourself a copy of my digital files for this song, which will include 2 Mp3 versions: one is sung as a song and the other is instrumental only, suitable for your performance. 

"Red, White and Blue" Digital Files by Debbie Clement

Now let's shift our attention from flags and Veterans to Pilgrims and Turkeys! 

Here's a Mayflower Thanksgiving Bulletin Board Display! 
Paper plate pilgrims! 
I saw these kinder-pilgrims in Texas last year. 

photo of: Mayflower Kindergarten Bulletin Board via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Close up of Pilgrims Created with Paper Plates via RainbowsWIthinReach

These kinder drawn native American Indians were drawn by Kindergarten children. I have a lengthy article on my blog around the portrayal of Indians as it relates to the historic perception of Thanksgiving. Click here to go to learn my concern of the inherent 'racism' that can unfold as we simplify history for our youngest learners. 

photo of: Kindergarten Drawings of Native Americans for Thanksgiving via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Bulletin Board of Kindergarten Drawings of Indians in a Celebration of Thanksgiving via RainbowsWIthinReach

photo of: The First Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Autumn Quote: Always do Your Best

And now? 

photo of: "Turkey Time" Art Projects for Preschool + Kindergarten via PreK+K Sharing

photo of: Happy Thanksgiving Turkey Handprint filled with Texture (Beans) via RainbowsWIthinReach

photo of: Turkey Craft Using Paper Bags from Mrs. Ayala's Kinder Fun via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Classroom Door with Turkeys via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Feather Fun Exploration for Thanksgiving via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Fine Motor Development: Girls vs. Boys via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Turkey Centerpiece using Apple and Cereal Bits

photo of: Thanksgiving Blessings on Turkey Feather Art on a Preschool Bulletin Board at PreK + K Sharing

photo of: Turkey Projects from Preschool via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Turkey Wreaths on Paper Plate in Preschool via RainbowsWIthinReach

photo of: Turkey Handprints with Feathers in Head Start via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Thanksgiving Painting Project: Turkey with 'Open-Ended' Painted Feathers via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Turkeys Painted from Footprints with Feathers via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Turkey for Thankful Thanksgiving (feathers denote what I'm thankful for) via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Turkey Time RoundUP (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Cornucopia Bulletin Board in Preschool (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Our Little Turkeys: Painted Handprints (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Classroom Door Decoration for Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Turkey Handprint Painting with Rhyme (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Hand prints painted as turkeys for Thanksgiving (RoundUP of all things turkey via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Painted Handprint as a Turkey (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Tubby Turkey Bulletin Board with Student Names on Feathers (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Turkey Open-Ended Art Project for Feathers (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Preschool Thanksgiving Turkey Feather Bulletin Board

photo of: Paper Plate Art Project Turkeys for Thanksgiving

photo of: Turkey Art Project for Thanksgiving

photo of: Kindergarten Turkey Art Project for Thanksgiving

photo of: Turkey Feather Counting: Math Project for Thanksgiving in Kindergarten at PreK + K Sharing

photo of: Family Turkey ART Projects via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Turkey Homework for the Family at Thanksgiving (via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Family Homework Project for Thanksgiving (via RainbowsWithinReach)

Heading to NAEYC this month? 
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  1. I love making turkeys in lots of different ways! They are so colorful and fun!!

    Shifting Teacher K-2

    1. Fun to hear from you! They do offer the opportunity for creativity!

  2. Love all the different ideas!

  3. Replies
    1. Me too! I just upcycled some salad dressing containers into turkeys.


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