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VOLUNTEER REQUESTS - YES, NO, MAYBE?

Linda M. Penn
August 29, 2015
How many volunteer requests have you received so far this fall?  Generally, well…let’s see… there’s the Youth Football Coach, your child’s teachers - school and dance, the P.T.A., the school band, etc.  These are all valid and needed service projects.  So, how many requests have you accepted, declined, or said that you would think about?
Maybe, your best option is to consider the requests BEFORE making commitments.
Here are some ideas to ponder while you consider the requests:
WHY?
Why would you be doing this service?  Because of a guilty conscience?  The hope that the teacher heaps special rewards upon your child?
WHEN?
When would you be expected to perform this service?  Do you have the free time in your already jam-packed schedule?
WHERE?
Where will your service be performed?  Will you already be at the event anyway?  Is it a service you could do in your leisure time at home?
WHAT?  
What skills are needed for this service?  Will you have to take some kind of training?  What personal enjoyment might you get from doing this service?
WHO?
Who will you be working with?  A reliable friend?  An arrogant know-it-all who barks out orders for what you are expected to do?
In closing, please focus your time and talents at something you are good at and enjoy.  Expect no reward except a good feeling deep down in your heart.  Happy
volunteering!
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CRAFTS / READING

SIMPLE PROJECTS FOR CRAFTS/READING - GUARANTEED!
By
Linda M. Penn
 
 
HERE ARE MY FAVORITE GO TO SIMPLE CRAFT/READING PROJECTS – GUARANTEED!
 
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE STRESSED!!!!!!!  AND NO MESSY CLEAN UP!!!!!!!
 
Bendaroos – Little short bendable stick-like things (sorta like pipe cleaners, only no sharp points).  I searched Amazon website.  There is a package of 500 for $18.95.  Trust me – every penny is worth it.  Just be sure to unwrap BEFORE you get your child all excited about them.  The wrapping was hard and took time for me to open – of course, you may be a faster opener than me!
 
If you have just read a book about kites, the child can bend these things and make all kinds of kites, if you just read a book about dinosaurs, the child can bend these things and make all kinds of dinosaurs – you get the idea!
 
Stickers, crayons and construction paper – Have a supply of all kinds of stickers. 
 
If you have just read a book about trucks, the child can draw a truck and put an animal sticker in the truck.  If you have just read a book about a princess, your child can draw a picture of a princess going to a ball and put some flower stickers in the ballroom – you get the idea!
 
Picture dictionary and alphabet stickers - great IF your child knows how to spell his or her name. A picture dictionary book is great alongside the alphabet stickers because your child can look at a picture and then know how to spell the word WITHOUT bugging you!!!!!!!
 
If you have just read a book about going to a zoo, the child can look up pictures of zoo animals and spell them with alphabet stickers plus use some animal stickers.  If you have just read a book about a farm, the child can look up pictures about a farm and spell them with alphabet stickers plus use some farm-related stickers.
 
Okay, hope this helps you!  I used the word “guaranteed” in the title of this Blog.  Not sure what I could give you if these ideas don’t work for you – maybe a “sorry?”  Anyway, don’t give up, be positive, and HAVE FUN!
 
NEXT MONTH – Come back the first week in June – “IT’S SUMMER – FINALLY!”
 
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PART 2 READING AND CRAFTS

April 1, 2015

PART 2 READING AND CRAFTS
By
Linda M. Penn

    How is the creativity coming?  What wonderful creation have you and your child produced while on Spring Break?   A sand castle at Destin?  Sorry you can’t take that back home with you!  However, your young one could write and draw about the experience in a journal!  (Check back with my June, 2014 Blog - Reading and Writing Connections)  Even if you didn’t hit the beach for Spring Break, there is always time for creativity. 

    In the March 1, 2015 Crafts and Reading – Part 1, I listed good and not so good reasons to do crafts with reading.  If you didn’t have a chance to read that Blog, (or if you forgot what it said – hey, that’s okay!), please reread it before you go any further.

    
    You might like to set aside a time once a week or once a month for doing a craft/reading project.  Before you start, here are my suggestions for things to avoid and things to store in a flat type plastic container (for under the bed, out of the way storage!)  You can’t have any crafts if you are not prepared.  Also, your child may like doing crafts so much, he or she will start asking for that special “quality time” together with you. 

THINGS TO AVOID
from my experiences with my own kids and at school – of course, you may have more patience than me!

Glitter – too messy
Markers – too messy 
Colored pencils – never dark enough, and child gets frustrated easily
Rice – too messy
Beads – child gets frustrated easily
Lacing – child gets frustrated easily
Prepackaged “easy to make crafts” – age ranges on packages not always appropriate, usually very minimal directions, too much adult help needed, child gets frustrated easily
Paint- by- number sets – child gets frustrated easily


THINGS TO STORE IN PLASTIC CONTAINER
Better to have things in one box than all over the house and have to look for them.  Start small and gradually add things to your container – too expensive to try to stock these things all at once!

Crayons - use jumbo size for preschoolers, a box of 16 crayons is fine, boxes of 32 and 64 crayons require too much time to make a decision.  (You don’t want to spend all day on a project, do you?)
Pipe cleaners
Q tips
Toilet tissue and paper towel tubes
Old socks
Coffee filters
Brown paper lunch sacks
Yarn
Dried lima beans – other beans are too small and child gets frustrated easily
Dried macaroni
Tacky glue/craft glue – glue sticks and regular Elmer’s glue are okay for some projects but if you really want something to stick, use tacky or craft glue.
Scotch tape
Construction paper
Sketch pad
Paint and paint brushes – use the largest size brushes for preschoolers.  The small size paint sets with just a few colors of paint is great.  (Remember – fewer colors = less time for decision on what color to use, plus, the less mixing of colors by your child which usually ends in an ugly color.  Of course, you won’t say it’s ugly, will you?) 
Paint with water books – great for preschoolers
Craft sticks
Sheet of plastic – large enough to cover the space where you will be doing your craft
Pie tins
Paper plates – small and large size
Sturdy plastic bowls (strong enough to hold the water for child to rinse paint brush when changing colors of paint)
Clay – this allows for child to show Mom, Dad, grandparents, etc. what child created.  The clay won’t get hard, like Play-Dough does.  Clay is then reused for another project.  Play-Dough is fine if the child understands it will have to be put back in the can and not saved to show someone later.
Cotton balls


    SORRY IF I HAVE OVERWHELMED YOU!  TAKE A STEP BACK AND THINK SIMPLE! 

NEXT MONTH – See you the first week of May –“MY FAVORITE GO TO SIMPLE CRAFT/READING PROJECTS  - GUARANTEED!”

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