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Let’s Celebrate! Snacking on homemade cranberry bread and talking about favorite winter snacks started our celebration. Next, the girls finished their “Snowy Day” projects. Inspired by the front cover of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, the girls cut out their snowy scenes and glued them onto illustration board. They added blocks of color on the top using oil pastels(they were given a choice of crayons, oil pastels, or cutting blocks of paper to glue on top and all the girls chose oil pastels). Enjoy the pictures of the girls working and their final products.

Our final celebration was a poetry reading! I saved the list poems that the girls wrote during our Poetry workshop and made each of them a compilation of everyone’s poems including a few extras(a list poem that I wrote and my son Asher wrote:)). They practiced reading the poems and then read them to the group. What a great way to end our celebration!

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I can’t believe we had our last session for the Fall! This workshop session was full of giving, reflecting, storytelling, and celebrating! Last week the girls completed a group project. I originally thought the piece of art was going to be donated to a local business, but after some reflection, I decided to let the girls decide to give it away to someone at St. James. They immediately thought of their principal, Mrs. Hovell. It recently had been her birthday. So, when the girls gathered, I had a card waiting that we all signed. And then the girls presented the art to Mrs. Hovell. The girls were so excited and Mrs. Hovell was surprised and loved her one-of-a-kind art work. She had the girls sign the back, so she will always remember who the art was from. The girls thought giving away art that they were apart of was fun, exciting, happy, and even a little scary.

I read the book I’m In Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor to the girls. I love this book! A girl who lives in the desert believes she is in charge of her own celebrations…After seeing a triple rainbow, August 9th is Rainbow Celebration Day, September 28th is Coyote Day, and in the middle of every August is The Time of Falling Stars. I asked the girls what November 19th could be…the girls chose November 19th as Art Giving Day! I love it!

The girls finished up some storytelling. They had created a storyboard of a made-up story or an existing one. They drew pictures of the story in sequential order. A princess sees the sun and flowers and picked a flower, a girl named Ashley went to the pet store, the story of Rapunzel and a story of a boat, a flower growing bigger and bigger. Wonderful storytelling girls!

Our final celebration was that the girls received their creative arts gift bags! I sewed a bag for each girl using the easy drawstring bag pattern on the website http://www.purlbee.com. I included a small moleskin journal for poetry writing, a mini canvas for painting, watercolor postcards, rock crayons, and a scarf for storytelling fun! I had so much fun making the bags for the girls. They were so excited and I’ll always remember the looks on their faces when they received the bags. Girls, I believe you are all so creative and I can’t wait to see you in January! Love, Ms. Shelli

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Wow! I can’t believe our Fall workshops are almost over! Next Thursday (Nov. 19) will be our last session for the Fall until January, where our Winter session will pick up again. A sign-up sheet will be coming home the first Monday of December.

Our final project was a group effort. It was challenging, but we persevered and a creative mural transformed before our eyes…Next week we will be giving this mural away to someone special at St. James. To be continued…

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