Saturday, April 25, 2015

Praise Report: Too Many Blessings to Count! Asking for Prayers


We are Easter People my family and moi.
We are powered by resurrection faith. 
I have seen experienced the possibilities first hand of rising from ashes. 
Joy can arise from brokenness. 
My life story gives witness to that truth.

I am w-a-y behind in enumerating my gratitude and blessings. 
That's what happens when you have a couple of weekends on the road. 

1. Let's rewind ALL the way back to Easter morning.  


Yes. In large part we selected our church due to the location's proximity to the ocean.
True story. 

We LUV the music program. 
We believe in the outreach ministry. 
We appreciate our pastor and staff. 
But, truth be told? 
The deal was sealed because our church building 
is just a couple of blocks from our favorite walk. 
This may well be my favorite picture of all time of the two of us. 
In our Easter finery. 
Note-to-self: At some point I need to get this one printed.
Blessed people, knowing we're truly blessed!
{Allen did wear 'long-pants' to the church service: LOL.}



We are a labor of love, the two of us. 
We each emerged from 'original marriages' with two children.
The scaled back Brady-Bunch-of-the-nineties 
-- without Alice the housekeeper, alas. 
My last name has not matched my daughters for over twenty years now.
We each came from very broken places. 

This man. This gift from heaven, LITERALLY turned me into 'Debbie Clement.' 
An evolved, contributing, creative and healing soul. 
The fact that you are reading here today is testament to his support of my gifts.

Our broken pieces fit perfectly one to the other. 
Blessing. Blessing. Blessing.
TY TY TY TY TY TY TY  

 9Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.10Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might   Eclesiastes 9:9-10

2. Take a look at our local McKee Botanical Gardens.
Literally God's gift: heaven-on-Earth.

Between the two of us, I have deemed this year, 
"The Time of Austerity." 

We didn't see this chapter coming. 
We had no preparation for it. 
Yet. We have been called to rearrange our own financial picture to respond to the unforeseen needs of our child. That's what parents do. No matter the age of the child. Pick them up and hold them, while they regroup and put themselves back together.

What does that have to do with the Botanical Gardens?
We had never been to McKee
It's right down the road. 
Allen has been suggesting we go for ages... but it costs moolah.  
This season they've had a LEGO sculpture display.
It was down to the final week. 
At his insistence, we squinted and purchased the tickets.
Va-va-Vooooom! 
Our winter gift to each other!!!   



Such a blessing to shower on each other. 
Seeing the creativity of others, juices my own. 
LEGOS. Just imagine.
But it was the hundreds of waterlillies in bloom that took my breath away!
{*Mom, I promise to get back into my memory card and add more of the waterlilly photos I took for you.}
Do what you can. Where you are.... with what you have!

We learned that for just a few bucks more, we could transfer our day's tickets into an annual membership, with reciprocal entry into another 300 sites across the country. A fitting anniversary present to each other. PLUS we can take the WonderPeeps, too!
With all of our travels we will make serious use of our membership! 
PROMISE! 

For the creativity of the LEGOS: First Kings 3:12 “Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.”

3. NASHVILLE! I got to give the keynote for the opening day of the Nashville area AEYC conference! And you know if I'm going to Nashville, I'm going to go to Mr. Greg's classroom. This makes my third annual visit! 


Yup. That's the two of us outside his classroom door. 
He's wearing his very own 'giraffe-hat' in my honor! 

To receive this photo below, in my text messages, before we ever left home, made my heart skip a beat. The old art teacher in me celebrates this amazing shot that captures the energy, color and creativity of his classroom! Yes. That's my picture book right there in the heart of it all! 

I just LUV the focus on creating authentic art in response to my work! 


If you're a Mr. Greg fan or especially if you have not yet discovered him, 
you MUST go to his article with the various video clips of our time together! 

Yes. One of his five year student's wore the 'head-cam' and gives quite a perspective of our fun!
After every visit to Mr. Greg I get orders for my second book, 
"Tall Giraffe" 
since he swears by that one for rhyme building! 


As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17 

4. FELLOW PRESENTERS on the Circuit


I can't say enough about spending time with others who are on the same wavelength. 
While in Nashville for the two day conference, I got to spend some quality time with 
We go w-a-y back. 
We've spent time in each other's homes. 
With each other's spouses. 
At national events. And local events. And everything in between. 

Mary Jo has amazing skills, energy and a steel trap for a mind.
She also has the biggest heart out there!  
She remembers details from a decade ago as though it was yesterday. 
She's been everywhere and done that. 

She has an extra decade+ of life experience and I treasure her coaching. 
She fills my ears and heart. 
She gets my challenges. 
She rejuvenates me.
She listens to me. She listened to me. 
She let me blather on and on and on. 
Then she gave me one of her infamous hugs.
The hold on tight. Sway back and forth. Don't let go kinda hug that sticks with you.
One of those bring-you-to-tears hugs from a dear friend.
Memorable. For.Ev.ER.HUG.
The kind of hug that goes right through you.

She introduced me to her bud: Michael Shoulders.
AUTHOR extra-ordinaire. 
I have applied to have him mentor me into the future.
We talked to each other as fast as words could fly. 
He could teach me a gazillion things: wow!  

The three of us will all be presenting this summer for FrogStreet at SPLASH
JOY JOY JOY JOY JOY JOY JOY: Can't wait to reunite!

 Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Proverbs 19:20

5. Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary.... Deedee and Cheryl, too
The next picture is a favorite from a while back. 
Me, with THE Deedee and THE MARY!
These gals are faith-filled women. 


Mary carries her heart and her faith on her sleeve. 
She has been a truly amazing support during this recent chapter of challenge.
She has single-handedly pumped REAL life into our 
WOBBLE SEAT enterprise. 

http://wobbleseat.com/Kids-Wobble-Chair.html

She started with a purchase of four wobbles for her classroom. 
Her kinder-kids LUV'd 'em and so did she. 
She went on to order another DOZEN wobbles: for her birthday gift from her hubby! 


As if that wasn't amazing enough?
She then went on to blog-at-length about them!!!
As thought that wasn't sufficient? 

She sought other bloggers to share about them from FB. 
That's where Deedee and Cheryl and others got involved. 

As a result of Mary's visibility and muscle we have already received seven 
additional orders for WobbleSeats through our distributorship!
PLUS NUMEROUS INQUIRIES! 

Which has prompted us to go give a face-lift to our site. 
So it looks more like me/my travels. 

Everytime someone new orders Wobble Seats through our site, we generate some new and unexpected revenue for the unforeseen and I say, "Hallelujah." 

Thank you Mary. Thank you Mary. Thank you Mary.
You simply must go to Sharing Kindergarten 
and read Mary's insight for yourself!
I won't put words in her mouth. Go read of her enthusiasm. 
Her endorsement means a lot, but her caring means more. 

***Thank you to all of my blogging friends for spreading the word!

Deedee's FB page went a little crazy with shares! Oh happy day! 
As a result of thanking Cheryl for her FB share, 
I will be going to her school ON TUESDAY! 

Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10 

6. The WonderPeep Actual Birthday Celebration Week!
Our WonderPeeps are two years and five days apart. 
Thank goodness Mr. WonderBoy's birthday is first on the calendar! 
Can you believe I have a nine year old, biological grandson? 
I can hardly believe it myself! 


There he is over the years. 
I've figured out how to make the collages on my phone! 
Technology and my brain! WOWOW! 

That's his actual birthday-hat-day in the middle and his choice of wearing the 
Buckeyes hat that grand-dad gave him some time back. 
Makes us so happy to see his smiles from years gone by. 

Then five days later? 
Celebrate all things TWINZEE! 


YUP. If WonderBoy is nine, then the twins are SEVEN!
Just over a year ago, Little Red was in Children's Hospital for that fluke chemical burn from prescriptive medicine. 
We are so fortunate to have these Wonders in our world. 
I feel so very blessed.

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged. Proverbs 17:6

7. My latest SKYPE visit: FL to CA! 
Technology is an amazing gift. An opportunity! 
This week I had the great good fortune to meet Mrs. O. in cyber-person. 
We had to persevere through a tech-snaffu on our scheduled day and try again! 
Who could have predicted that the internet would go 'down' at her building at the appointed hour? But persevere we did! We had a back-up plan and got our clicks to connect on our second effort. That's a REAL-LIFE lesson to five year olds. Mrs. O I am indebted to you for your encouragement during this chapter! {Melissa ALSO signed up to join me/us in Younique! YEAH team!}




Luke 6:31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

8. Unique Younique

Before this winter surprised us. Our daughter, Sarah had signed up to be a presenter at Younique. I joined her enterprise myself, knowing that I interact with so many women, whose dedication to early childhood, keeps them in marginally paying positions.... and that many are searching for a bootstrap to pull upon. Little did we know what would lie ahead.



The Younique company offers an annual incentive program that culminates for some industrious folks in a trip -- this year to Jamaica. Guess who is within striking distance of earning her first ever, incentive trip? Sarah joined in November '14 and is just a heartbeat or two from earning this trip!!! She hopes to get officially qualified by the end of April. Yes. Six days away. You can help her reach this amazing journey AND pay her utility bills.

Any sales to MY site, will put her  move her forward toward her goal. Theoretically she 'just' needs about 67 more mascara sales to put her over the top. They can be from MY site or her own, to reach the goal. Good news, is that she has til the end of the month of May to cross the finish line and be island bound. The goal is at hand. 

Need some for prom or a wedding on the horizon? 

Click here and learn more. 

Of course I would LUV to recruit YOU, your daughter, your daughter-in-law, your sister, your grandmother, your friend-at-church, and-or your mom! 

That would seriously HELP Sarah and contribute to my eventual retirement as well! 

So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. 2 Corinthians 8:11.

9. Sales made at TeachersPayTeachers

To be honest. I have VERY little traction over at TpT. 
I can't quite figure out why not.... but this week has been my best in recent memory. For that I am VERY grateful.
I have two songs/books that are particularly appropriate for End-of-Year Kindergarten performances. 


Every extra download brings a few more dollars into the coffer, 
supports our extended family 
and brings your class an opportunity to shine! 
Thanks to anyone willing to pin that image, too! 
Possibility of extra eyeballs learning of my existence
is where it all begins. 

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:2-3


10. Continued FITBIT PROGRESS! 

Yup. I'm totally connected to my fitbit! LUVIN' it! LUV the idea of having a goal. Daily. Tracking. Motivation to move. Little goals and 'stickers' and badges and smiley faces. A daily pat on the back. I earned my 500 flights of stairs badge. SERIOUSLY! 


Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:2

11. Pensacola: pan-handle appreciation! 
How on earth can I attempt to describe what happened in Pensacola? I wonder where there are some pictures? I received the DIVA package experience. We had a tech team for my all-day seminar. All set up and actual sound check the night before: be still my heart. Then we were taken out to dinner by the planning committee, who invited their spouses. Allen was NOT the only man at the table. Real people. Real laughter. Real HARD laughter, hold your sides laughing..... and on and on and on and on. 

The kind of evening where you invite people to come to your home... and you hope that they take you up on it! 

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10: 24-25

12. Dianne and Jim: their new business 
13. Germany to DC connection on the horizon 
14. Evening Street Elementary Phone Call Today

We have neighbors coming to dinner in 45 minutes and the place is upside down. 

I will dig into scripture tonight and add a heart felt closing, too. 

This is the week for prayers. 

Thursday morning EARLY would be perfect timing. 

Thanks. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wobble Seats in Kinder: Mary's Report at Sharing Kindergarten


Wobble Seat: a ROCKING Stool distributed by Debbie Clement

WOBBLE WOBBLE WOBBLE! 

I'm so excited to continue to share enthusiasm for the
as a result of our distributing them directly from KORE!

We take them on the road with us! 
They are seriously like magnets! 
Whenever there is a child walking past? 
They come galloping over, 
they make themselves at home and start their wobbling! 


LOOK AT THAT SMILE!
That is what a 'tall-for-his-age' four year old 
looks like on the 14" KID SIZE Wobble Seat.

We started distributing these unique moving stools, 
right after I had the opportunity to take a test-drive for myself. 
We are willing to process purchase orders!!!

Let me show you a couple of amazing women!
That's moi, Deedee of Mrs. Wills Kindergarten and Mary of Sharing Kindergarten.


Now you don't have to take my word for it. 
My blogging friend Mary has written all about 
on her blog, 

SHARING KINDERGARTEN!


http://wobbleseat.com/Kids-Wobble-Chair.html

Mary started with a set of 4 Kid-Size Gray Wobble Seats from us!
She liked them! She liked them! 

http://wobbleseat.com/Kids-Wobble-Chair.html

I won't put any words into her mouth...... 
Read a few of her thoughts for yourself: 

Kinder-Teacher Praise for Wobble Seats from Mary at Sharing Kindergarten

So as any caring teacher does when she sees her students respond? 
Mary dug a little deeper! 

She actually purchased a DOZEN MORE Wobbles -- 
as her birthday present to herself from her hubby! 

Now that's a man with a big heart!
Now she can color code Wobble Seats to her tables! 
PURPLE! YES THEY COME IN PURPLE!  


http://wobbleseat.com/Kids-Wobble-Chair.html



Mary knows that our family has faced some unforeseen financial challenges. 
She mentions in her article that she likes to purchase from 'real people' so that she can support 'real people' when possible. 

We are real and our pain is real. 
Your ordering through us at WobbleSeat.com is a true blessing to our extended family. 

We are willing to process your purchase orders, too! 
I have also learned that we can be your vendor-of-choice, 
for a Donors Choose project. 
You need to have a total of 6 points to select us. 



You REALLY want to read the thoughts of a pediatric OT. 


Here's a couple of additional views. 




With all of this insight, I know you're going to want to take a look at the price specifics. 
Here's what our Wobble Seat website looks like: 





GO TO WOBBLESEAT.com for all of the specifics! 
Pricing, sizes and contact info! 
Would you be kind enough to pin? 


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#TeacherFriends Tuesday Chat: Project Based Learning!


TUESDAY! TIME TO TWITTER CHAT! 

9 PM EST! on the hashtag: #TeacherFriends

Just how much do you know about "Project Based Learning" and what exactly do you know about 
AUTHENTIC based PBL Challenges? 

We have an expert on the subject, ready to share her expertise! 

I can't wait to hear how our #TeacherFriends define authentic learning. 
This is the meat and potatoes of education in my mind. 
The chat tonight promises insight! 


New to Twitter? Haven't chatted yet in that format? 
Then you'll want to arrive 'early' at 8:30 PM EST. 
Our 'stream-of-tweets' will be MUCH slower at that time. 
We'll be there to support your learning curve. 

I use the free format at Tweetdeck.com to help me stay organized and see as much as I can of the conversation.... and trust me, it moves FAST! 

You should just 'know' going in, that you won't be able to keep up with ALL that is being shared. Not even if you are a Twitter savant. The more you attend, the easier it gets, but the more you 'tweet' the more you fall behind reading what others have to offer. 

That's why we do our best to get our chats archived for you! 
You can read back at your leisure. 

We even have CERTIFICATES for you! 

You want to begin, by following me
I throw out the questions! 
Those are defined as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 and Q5. 

The only 'rule' is to remember to use our hashtag in EVERY tweet, so others can 'see' you! 


Sunday, April 19, 2015

EARTH DAY Collaborative Art Project and Resources!


Earth Day Preschool Collaboration with Debbie Clement

EARTH DAY ON THE HORIZON!

I have had LOTS of favorite days and this one is right at the top of my list of great ones! In honor of good memories and possibilities.

What better way can you celebrate Earth Day than to UBBER 'recycle' in honor of going green? Today's whole article is the ultimate 'recycle' as I am going to reshare one of my favorite Author-Illustrator ECE school visits!!! I'd LUV LUV LUV for this idea to get some additional viewership and some cloning and replication from this extra exposure. It is the ultimate of happy and inexpensive experiences for your Early Childhood classroom: truly OPEN-ENDED/PROCESS Art! 

It all started with my whole-school sing-a-long at a VPK (that's: Voluntary PreKindergarden) down here in Florida. {We are right now in real time, in the midst of preparing for our Snowbird departure to our northern haven along Green Bay, hence the 'other' motivation to recycle.} 

I launched our time together a couple of years ago by sharing our 'Earth' a.k.a. the pool noodle that was the basis for our singing on that special morning. 


Earth Day Art project, collaborative Art project, bulletin board, Preschool, Headstart, Spring art



After the whole group experience that included sharing my song, "Care of the Earth" I got to lead a genuine 'Artist in the Classroom' extravaganza. They supplied the scissors, glue sticks and a big slice of white 'table paper' for the base of our collaboration. I supplied the tissue paper and had the camera ready to document all of the fun! Let the artists begin! GO!!!


 young hands cutting with scissors, Fine Motor work with scissors, tissue paper Art, Earth Day



This was a classroom of mature four year old children with a couple of early fives at the fringe. You can see that I gave each child a mixture of both the blue and green tissue paper. They worked diligently to create the snippets for our 'map' that would become our collaborative globe sculpture, within the pool noodle.


Preschool children cutting tissue paper for Earth Day collaboration, Head Start Art



As I wandered through the room, I noticed as always, that there was quite a continuum of capability for the skill at hand: SCISSORS manipulation. As you will see, there were children who were able to cut right through the tissue as though it were warm butter while others ended up with a combo of tearing/wrenching of the tissue with their scissors. Truly for this collaboration ALL manner of tissue paper bits were equally welcome in the final 'product' and gave everyone an opportunity to hone their cutting skills. 


Challenges of children using scissors, fine motor development



***Note-to-DIYers. I 'secured' the pool noodle into it's happy-permanent-circle shape with a discarded, UPcycled golf club grip from hubby and some super glue. I bet a dowel rod would work? Get creative.



After all of that hard work with the scissors, it was truly time for the *FUN* of the gluing. All hands on deck! Look at all of that fine motor control! Tripod, three finger scrunching and maneuvering. Such a natural way to prepare fingers for the future fine motor skill of writing. 


Earth Day collaborative project: pool noodle and tissue paper, kindergarten bulletin board for spring



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BEHOLD THE FINAL COLLABORATION




Earth Day collaboration with Debbie Clement, song and art for preschool, Head Start, Kindergarten



Seeing all of those happy hands at work called for a 'posed' shot. 

Talk about giggles galore! 

That was some of the best fun of the whole morning: 

Me up on a chair for the bird's eye view, posing 'hands' and capturing our incredible sculpture in one snap! 




While you're out this spring, gather some earth 'goodies' and they can become an Earth Day shadow box. These boxes were on display during my field trip and presentations in Reggio Emilia, Italy. THE professional opportunity of a lifetime. YES! REGGIO! Dial back in time to see those articles. 


Reggio Emilia natural collage, Earth Day bulletin board, preschool Art





Another idea for your celebration would be to make a natural 'mandala' from gathered Earth bits. 




Here's an example of one I made following a fall walk.

Yes. The backdrop is my yoga mat. 

Ephemeral.  




Mandala with Fall's Maple Leaves in Color (via RainbowsWithinReach)



Building rock cairns is another of my favorite outdoor activities. These are ones we built on the Mediterranean while on the Italian portion of my tour to four of our US Army bases. We built these right outside Camp Darby, very near Pisa Italy. Finding the right 'quote' is one of my happy past-times for my photos. I'm getting ready to debut a slideshare of some of my favorite quotes that have been here on the blog. I hope to have that ready for Easter morning! We shall see. 







Here's another earlier article I had here, focused on Art Projects from UPcycled pieces and parts.







***If you're looking for the ULTIMATE of UPcycled projects to honor the Earth, you'll need to return to this INCREDIBLE professional mural of bits and pieces on display at an Ohio Elementary School. 



Upcycled Cooperative Mural from Bottle Lids and Tops







As with the majority of my pinboard collections, they are based on my original songs for children. 

Yes. I have a whole collection for "Care of the Earth." 

Click the pic to go to that specific collection. 








Click picture for my pinboard, "Care of the Earth" with 592 Resources already on file



Speaking of INCREDIBLE RESOURCES for Earth Day...... there have been a couple of recent articles at our collaborative blog, "PreK+K Sharing" that you really must go see. Terri has absolutely breath-taking photographs of the release of their kindergarten butterflies into the world. Her article is entitled, "Last Child in the Woods." 









Click the picture to go to Terri's article at the collaborative and see what these Kinders are up to!







As fantastic as Terri's article is, let me give you a head's up that you'll want to allow sufficient time to see the collection of resources that Carolyn has gathered in her article. One of her amazing contributions is a 'PREZI" of resources to use at your fingertips. Talk about the perfect combination of technology and teacher expertise plus enthusiasm! Look no further! It's FREEEEEEE! She has gathered all kinds of FREEBIES for Earth Day! 







Click the pic to go to an AMAZING set of FREEBIE Resources for Earth Day gathered by Carolyn at "PreK+K Sharing" 






For one full year, I had an on-going series of articles here for Fine Motor Friday. 
Here is the golden anniversary article that walks you back through all 50 installations. 

50 Editions of Fine Motor Meets Fine Arts at RainbowsWithinReach

I know. I know. If you're new here, I'm a little hard to figure out. 
I LUV LUV LUV all things 'Children's Art' but I am a music lady first. 
I have an entire album of songs, commissioned by Zaner-Bloser on Fine Motor Motivation. 

It is available for purchase at my website or Teachers Pay Teachers!




Yes! I LUV LUV LUV to pin. 

I think it is probably one of my biggest contributions to ECE. 

I am nearing my 150,000th follower there








Would you be today's helper and pin from this article? 

It's how many find me in cyber-town! 

I am soooooooooooo grateful for every pin! 

Thanks! 













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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