Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? In order to raise awareness for kids with food allergies and hopefully make their Halloweens more fun this year, Food & Allergy Research Education (FARE) is encouraging people to do the following:
Giving out something other than candy is a great idea on it's own. Giving fun prizes out in support of kids with allergies makes the idea ten times better. I have no problem with people giving out candy, I just think this is a great cause and want to support it.
If you already bought candy, you can still support the cause by having non-food treats available as well.
I realize my pumpkin is more aqua than teal, but it's the only color of paint I had that was close. The thought counts, right? Anyway...
Okay, so here are the basics I like from various blogs/books:
If you're thinking about allowance, I hope this helps. We'll see how it all goes down on Wednesday.
While I have had quite a few projects since March, I wanted to highlight the ones above because the client is near and dear to my heart while now based very far away.
The above posters and T-shirt mock-ups were created for the Voices for the Performing Arts Foundation (VPA) in Sherwood, Oregon. I created the Once on this Island (OOTI) poster first and painted the tree in illustrator and the sunset in photoshop. Then I thought, "Why not try to step away from the computer with the next poster?" So I painted the background with an actual brush and watercolor then scanned it in. It was nerve-racking because I didn't know if the VPA would like it. They loved it and I was so relieved and excited at the same time.
While we lived in Oregon, I joined the VPA as a designer, but also as an alto in the Sherwood Chorale, one of the many choir families in the VPA. They provided two creative outlets for me to thoroughly enjoy. I miss them very much but am so glad to be able to work with them remotely.
2 • A little while after she learned the alphabet, I would be silent and have my daughter say "A" and "I" when they were in the story. Then I taught her "the" and two-letter words like "of" and "is". One day she surprised me while reading Dick and Jane - she recognized "something" and would say it when I pointed to it.
3 • We got the Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat book app on our iPhones and she would touch each word to find out what it said then later we'd read from the actual book.
4 • She plays Starfall on our computer and we have a starfall app on our phone. I try not to have too much screen time, but if she's going to be playing with one, at least she's learning something.
5 • Instead of focusing on sounding out the words, we focused on memorizing them. Let's face it: every rule in the English language is broken.
6 • We read to her at night and since she no longer naps, I will read to her during "quiet time." She also likes to read on her own, which is a blessing. Before she could read, she would make up the stories, and I believe that's good practice too.
7 • I have been reading to her since she was born, she listened to all of Jane Austen's books because I was interested in those at the time. It felt weird to read to her when I felt like she wasn't really taking anything in, but I have since learned that she was taking something in. What? I don't know, but babies can understand a lot more than we tend to give them credit for. I also read board books when I wanted to interact with her and couldn't think of something else to do.
Will this work for you? I have no idea. Every kid is different. Why did I take the time to post this then? Because even though every kid is different, some do learn in the same way. Hopefully, this will help somebody somewhere.