Some of the best bloggers have united today to switch it up a little and post for someone else's blog. I don't know how I lucked out and got the super-talented Debbie Clement from Rainbows Within Reach to be posting on MMMB todaay??!! If you wantt to see what I have up my sleeve for this special day of posting, you can hop on over to Kindergarten Lifestyle's blog and find out how to get your kids moving and keep them engaged and learning at the same time. Also, check out all of the other incredible participants by clicking on their buttons at the end of this post.
Please join me in welcoming Debbie Clement as a guest blogger in honor of the Blog Hop (seriously, how'd I luck out??). Thank you so much Debbie!
I am the hardest working music-lady, author/illustrator woman that your readers most likely have never met. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to introduce myself. Drum roll...... I'm Debbie Clement!!! I get to spend a lot of time making author illustrator school visits in Kindergarten. I know that you can relate to this drawing. I bet you have something similar hanging above your desk!
Its an honor to be invited to kindergarten. I get to come for a day -- or sometimes two -- and my plan is to share my 'story' with the children in your room. My goal is to encourage your students. Inspire them. Delight them. Sing with them. And yes. Show them love in the course of our time together. How awesome is that?
"Have guitar, will travel." From those early classroom visits and staff development presentations I went on to record my original songs for the classroom onto 6 CDs. They're known to my fan club as, "Debbie's Ditties." At this point I've recorded over 100 original songs! Most recently I have added the layer of being an 'Author and Illustrator,' as I have turned 3 of my songs into traditional picture books, acting as author, illustrator AND publisher! These little projects of mine have taken me on some amazing adventures. Can I have a whooop-whoooop?
|Comparing the Actual Quilt and the Finished Book on US Army Base|
With the approach of the Fourth of July I thought it would be fun today, to share THE MOST AMAZING response by a kindergarten teacher to my work -- at a school where I've never visited. I met Carie the Kindergarten teacher at a reading conference where I was presenting workshops. She fell in LUV with my picture book and promised that she'd have her class 'respond' with some type of patriotic quilted project. They got to work with marble painting the necessary colors of paper.
|Kindergarten Student Preparing Marble Painted Papers|
|Kindergarten Student Creates Quilt Squares for "Red, White and Blue"|
|Carie's Kindergarten Close Up Response|
Are you ready for the BIG reveal? Here's the shot of the finished project hanging in the school gym! It finally measured in at 19 feet wide and 11 feet high!!!! How's that for a kindergarten project? Carie is that sweet smile on the left and her story is pretty remarkable. She served in the US Army for nine years, including a year of active duty in Iraq. She then came back from that final year of service to teach kindergarten. Needless to say, the flag and patriotism hold a special place in her heart.
That my friends is the true story of what happens in kindergarten. What happens when a teacher is inspired by a picture book. What happens when a teacher has an inspiration. I'm getting choked up just typing this story for a new set of readers.
My story is a compelling one. I am the poster child for 'do-what-you-love and amazing opportunities will present themselves'. I could ramble on and on about:
- my two European adventures to present concerts and presentations to the children of our troops stationed abroad PLUS my day in Reggio, ITALY
- my other two books and classroom responses to those works
- taking out a loan on our house to get my first book into your hands
- being a two-time Breast Cancer survivor with a zest for living
- my quest to get my blog connected to a wider world
- my travels giving keynotes and workshops across the country.
|"I like Debbie Clement because she writes songs and that she's colorful." Cory|
The number one article on my blog is one on Organization in the Classroom, people seem to really appreciate the photos from my travels into oodles of classrooms. My article over at PreK+K with the most views is one I wrote on the distinction between Process + Product in Children's Art. It seems that the old art-teacher in me is quite opinionated.
I get to give the keynote for the state of Arkansas this fall and Tennessee next winter. Lots of other conferences from FL to OH are getting the details worked out as I type. Wouldn't it be awesome to meet in person? Until then please follow my blog(s) or my growing Pinterest collection, where 17,500++ of your peers have already got a jump on you and my ever-growing pin-boards!
Let me close by offering an opportunity for you to look over my shoulder at a kindergarten school visit in Amityville, NY as we started off our time together in their school gym. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of children everywhere.
|Krissy made this graphic for me: HOW COOL IS THAT? Bloggy buddies for real!|