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Happy Halloween from ART IN HAND!!!

Happy Halloween from ART IN HAND!!!

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Steppin’ into summer

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I hate to say it, but “Step aside, Suess! There’s a new cat in town, and instead of a hat, he’s wearin’ SHOES!”

Can’t think of a better way to kick off our summer session than with a romping rendition of Eric Litwin’s Pete the Cat.

After singin’ along with Pete, everyone got to show off their own shoes (great way to reinforce color identification, as each child shared the color of his or her shoes). Then, with help from the grown-ups as needed, each child traced and decorated his shoes and cut them out.

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Then came the REAL fun…painting the piles of colors to “step” in!

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Last, the kiddos placed their shoes in the colorful splashes, swirls, and piles of paint.

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And what would an art class for tots and preschoolers be without at least one renegade who shunned the shoes altogether to do her own thing?

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Like Pete the Cat says, “It’s ALL GOOD!” I like his CAT-titude!

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Sooooo excited to introduce my new workshop series just for tween girls coming to the Herndon Community Center this summer!

Sooooo excited to introduce my new workshop series just for tween girls coming to the Herndon Community Center this summer!

Sage words for scary times…

When Nemo got lost, he cried to Dory– “I promised I’d never let anything happen to him!” And Dory’s genius self said – “Well that’s silly. You can’t let nothing happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.”

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I give you this to ponder in the wake of the latest round of scary news…via my favorite blogger/author, Glennon Melton of Momastery.com and the book Carry On Warrior: Thoughts On Live Unarmed (which I highly recommend).

How To Keep Our Babies Safe

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Try this mindset on for size…

Try this mindset on for size...

“…Let me tell you what we think about children. They’re hardwired for struggle when they get here. And when you hold those perfect little babies in your hand, our job is not to say, ‘Look at her, she’s perfect. My job is just to keep her perfect — make sure she makes the tennis team by fifth grade and Yale by seventh grade.’ That’s not our job. Our job is to look and say, ‘You know what? You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.’ That’s our job. Show me a generation of kids raised like that, and we’ll end the problems I think that we see today.” — Brene Brown

Spreading Peace…

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title“I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.”  ~Sadako Sasaki

When I was 10 years old, my mama gave me a story book. A true story book. It was the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. It is the story of a young girl who lived in Hiroshima at the time of the atomic bomb. She developed leukemia as a result of the radiation. She was inspired to fold 1000 paper cranes because of the Japanese legend that one who created 1000 origami cranes would be granted a wish. She wished to live. Sadako folded 644 cranes before she became to weak to fold any more. Her friends and family finished the birds for her and they were buried together in 1955.

Now there is a statue of Sadako holding a giant golden origami crane in the Hiroshima Peace Park. People…

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Barefoot in December Week – Part One

First we warmed up with our hands (and faces, as the case may be).

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Then, taking our cues from the adventuresome mice in Ellen Stoll Walsh’s Mouse Paint, we danced and splashed in puddles of red, yellow, and blue, and watched orange, green, and purple magically emerge beneath our feet, and between our toes!