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"





Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Twitter Tues PRACTICE Chat "Work Smarter NOT Harder: Balance"

TeachMama Amy Mascott and Debbie Clement Meet in REAL Life!
Amy Mascott and MOI at NAEYC Orlando 2011 

TeachMama Amy Mascott takes the SPOTLIGHT as #GuestEduCelebrity!

You know how you can become friends with someone through the computer screen? Somehow you overlap in some sort of cyber-club/support group and you realize that you have some of the same interests -- that you share some similar passion and your clicking makes you feel connected? 

Then one day you meet your cyber friend IRL and it feels like you've known each other forever? You talk a million miles an hour and you can't stop hugging the embodiment of your many screen conversation?

Amy Mascott of TeachMama fame is just that type of person! 

Twitter Tues Practice Chat with Amy Mascott of TeachMama Fame

Tonight we have the very fortunate opportunity to interact/chat/tweet with Amy in-real-time. She is our guest tonight tackling a topic near and dear to every teacher, parent, blogger's heart! Working Smarter! Finding the balance in your day. Using technology to help keep your priorities in line. She's got some nifty tech shortcuts to share! *P*L*U*S* We ALWAYS learn from each other! 

BE THERE! ON TWITTER! I know. I know. Twitter is an acquired taste. It's a challenge to keep yourself within the confines of 140 characters...... PLUS you have to save 15 of those characters to type out #TeacherFriends: EVERY! SINGLE! TIME! 



#TeacherFriends Twitter PRACTICE Chat: Tuesdays 9PM EST

It will be worth it! There are prizes!!! There are ALWAYS prizes! 

Amy will be giving away five copies of her eBooks. Each winner will be entitled to select their choice! I know if you're a blogger, you're gonna wanna have her "How to be a BLOG STAR" project. This woman jots about the countryside as a rep for a variety of brands, all while being a mama and wifey, too. Having your blog work for you makes sense? OUI? 

"How to be a Blog Star" by Amy Mascott

If you are NOT a blogger you may prefer her eBook:
"Holiday Baking with Kids." 

"Holiday Baking with Kids" by Amy Mascott

See you tonight! 

9PM EST. 8:30 if you need some support. 
Last week I wrote out all of the specifics I could think of for the TRUE newbie. Go back in time for those details.





Sunday, October 12, 2014

56 Easels: What do They Tell Us about Creativity?


56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

Five-ish things you need to know about me before we begin: 

1. I LUV COLOR!
2. I LUV to be creative!!!!! 
2b. I LUV to observe/support/encourage creativity! 
3. In an earlier century I was an elementary school art teacher. 
4. Currently I make school visits as an author/illustrator of picture books. 
5. One of my favorite numbers is 56. 

{I am going to ask you a question regarding this next photo. So look closely, so you're ready for my inquiry. You will receive extra credit if you answer 'correctly.'}  

Children at the Easel and Creativity: RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP

On my very first mainland school visit of this year, walking into my very first classroom for my very first photographic peek, I was graced with this delight above unfolding in real time. I seriously wanted to pinch myself over my good fortune: to see this moment transpiring with camera in hand? Oh happy day! I did indeed have to pinch my lips together to quiet the happy squeal that was bubbling up from my heart so as not to intrude on this singular juncture of brush on paper. 

Such focus. Such concentration. Such determination. Such vision. Such purpose. Such boldness. Such precision. Such mastery. Such creativity. Such curls!

Such a fortunate child to have the opportunity to explore with paint. All the requisites provided: easel, paint, paper, brush, smock and *T*I*M*E*!

AND DID YOU GET A GOOD LOOK AT THAT EASEL? 
If you can tell me all about the easel above give yourself that extra credit.

No? Didn't notice the easel? Scroll back. I'll wait for you. Be a good sport, if you were thinking about the grasp of that paint brush -- pat yourself on the back. You were certainly observant, too. Just that today we're on the easel channel. 

Drumroll........ now we're ready for my quiz question: 

What does the easel pictured above 'tell' you? 

BTW. This is not a true/false quiz. Think of my question as more of an essay-Rorschach type inquiry. What can you learn about a classroom by looking at the easel? What does the easel make you wonder? 

Again. Let me say I have no right or wrong answer to the above quiz question..... unless you say, "My child's classroom does NOT have an easel." That is the only WRONG answer. 

It takes me a while to cull back through years of photographs to select the ones specific to the RoundUP at hand. While I was gathering these first 56, my blogging buddy Cathy over at NurtureStore, across the pond asked the question, "How do you use your easel?"


"Great Minds Think Alike: Creative Minds Wonder Alike" at RainbowsWithinReach

It was too funny that I was on the EXACT same channel - 
at the same time! 

How do you use your easel?
I hope there's an easel available for the very youngest artists!

"It's Never too Early to Start Art" Young Child at Easel Painting

At the beginning of the year? 
There are easels in classrooms that are totally 
CLEAN-ity-CLEAN-CLEAN-CLEAN!
Pristine clean. 
Like freshly fallen snow. 
Awaiting artists. 
Awaiting mark-makers. 

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

There is obviously one train of thought that says:  
'cover' the easel 
(with bags, or plastic wrap or tin foil) 
but see if you can keep it clean! 

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

I saw this next double easel in Reggio Emilia, Italy! 
LUV the paper on a roll over the work space! 

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach


56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach


56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach


56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach


56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

Reggio-esque centers are recognizable for their documentation of the creative process. 
These photographs of young artists were on display in a hallway, 
for parents to appreciate and for children to remember the process!

 "Reggio-Art-Documentation" via RainbowsWithinReach

Children at the Easel and Creativity: RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach


56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

Another train of thought seems to imply, 
that the art that remains ON the easel is part of the creative process ahead! 
OK. 
Have to admit. 
I'm a fan of the expressionist easel-as-painting.

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

I absolutely ADORE the remnants of creativity left behind. 
Evidence. Inspiration. A starting point. 

Children at the Easel and Creativity: RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP


Children at the Easel and Creativity: RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP



56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

Children at the Easel and Creativity: RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP

My personal feeling is that a 'messy' easel implies that it is indeed AOK to go at it! 
Don't be too concerned that we're gonna be all fussy if things get messy. 
That's just me. 
This easel says, "WOWOWOW! That was fun!"
Yes. I'm fluent in easel dialects.

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach



56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

Tis true. There are chalkboard easels that get painted: oops. 

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach



56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

Children at the Easel and Creativity: RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP


56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

Children at the Easel and Creativity: RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP

Here's an absolute BEAUTY! 
I swear. You could put a frame around this one and sell it! 
Maybe when I retire I will seek easel boards, frame them and sell the finished work to contemporary galleries. 

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach



56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach


56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach



Children at the Easel and Creativity: RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP

Children at the Easel and Creativity: RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP

Here's another for my contemporary gallery.
LUV this combination of linear and circular!

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

Children at the Easel and Creativity: RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP

Then again, an easel can become a perch for other educational learning to unfold. 

Zoo Velcro Matching Game on Easel at RainbowsWithinReach)


Children at the Easel and Creativity: RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP



56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

Easels can easily act as billboards and signage...
especially in an Art room! 

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

Here are three more examples ready to be framed! 
Which one is your favorite? 

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach



56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

56 Easels: What do you WONDER? Creativity explored at RainbowsWithinReach

I think it is safe to assume that these last several easels have years of accumulated focus,
years of expression, 
years worth of joy!

Art Easel with Degas Quote via RainbowsWithinReach

From the beginnings of children to the conclusions of the professional, 
Having a spot to work is a critical piece of the equation. 

Master Class with Tom Nachreiner via RainbowsWithinReach

Easels in the Early Childhood Classroom via RainbowsWithinReach

I hope that I've attracted some fellow keepers of the creative. 
Let me give you some links to earlier articles to support your efforts.
All you need to do is click the image to go to the article. 

Art History 101: Art Projects for Early Elementary via RainbowsWithinReach

Art History 102: Elementary School Response to the Masters via RainbowsWithinReach

Art History 103: Early Elementary Projects in Response to the Masters at RainbowsWithinReach

Primary + Secondary Colors in First Grade at RainbowsWithinReach

Color Theory Explorations for Children via RainbowsWithinReach

Art Room RoundUP and Organization via RainbowsWithinReach

Pinterest Directory for Artists, Art Teachers, Teaching Artists + Creative types LINKUP (via RainbowsWithinReach)

Upcycled Cooperative Mural from Bottle Lids and Tops

Process vs. Product in Children's Art by Debbie Clement


Yes. This is all a labor of LUV. 
I'm hoping that you'll be willing to investigate my picture books. 
The illustrations that I create from fabric as small quilts
are the springboard to children's art projects. 

Three Picture Books by Debbie Clement of Rainbows Within Reach

photo of: Quilted Illustrations from "You're Wonderful" by Debbie Clement

They are each available at my own website as well as 
my store at Teachers Pay Teachers. 

Wanna peak inside my little studio? 

Debbie Clement's Studio

Most of my traffic here comes by way of your pin-to-Pinterest. 
Thanks for every pin!
A sincere thanks! 

Here's the direct link to my Pinterest account. 
I now have 165,000 followers of my collection!




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~~ Debbie~~

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