Seasons of Love with IHSD

Original post was featured on IHSD’s blog.

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My first season with IHSD started in the fall of 2008 in a coastal town with a one classroom preschool site next to a pumpkin patch. After two years of teaching, I continued to stay engaged with IHSD as a volunteer, an advocate, a member of the growth committee, and most recently a staff member. My seasons with IHSD have been nothing short of mission-driven with the growing belief that all children should have access to quality early childhood education.

As a staff member, I recently had an opportunity to be back in the classroom and lead an art project. Ahead of the 35th-anniversary event and IHSD’s inaugural fundraiser, I was inspired by my seasons with IHSD to lead a painting project for the live auction.

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Seasons of Love with IHSD

The Golden Doodle (Painting)

There’s a big white space above our living room bar cabinet that we’ve been wanting to fill for a while now. My intention was to paint something, but nothing came to mind.

Then sometime in May, we picked up our newest member of our family, Pork Chop! He’s a straight and shaggy coat Goldendoodle, and he took up much of the living room space by the bar cabinet and became my creative muse!

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The Golden Doodle (Painting)

DIY Diaper Bouquet

I just completed my 2nd diaper bouquet and updated my DIY guide here (to remind myself how to make them more efficiently in the future–ha!). I got the diapers, ribbon, and tulle from Amazon. I got the vase, tissue paper, and flowers from Dollar Tree. I got the hair ties and sticks from Daiso. The arrangement becomes very big and top heavy, and I didn’t get to put enough weight into the last 2 arrangements to keep it more stable. Mental note!

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DIY Diaper Bouquet

CAIS mission as art!

After completing the first summer session with culturally inspired season paintings, I admit I had to think on my feet to determine what our second session project was going to be. (My mistake was assuming I was going to teach season paintings every week for both sessions, but it turns out a majority of first session students were going to return for second session too. Wouldn’t want these repeat kids to do the same project again!)

With an estimate of four canvases per every child in both sessions for materials, I had to think of another way to utilize my resources without creating a new project with new materials. It then occurred to me that our CAIS mission was comprised of 3 phrases made up of four Chinese characters each! Continue reading “CAIS mission as art!”

CAIS mission as art!

Chinese Zodiac Animals Tape Chart

Yesterday, our first grade art class made an impromptu activity. With just a few minutes before students were coming into class, I quickly devised this plan to entertain our group for an hour. I had a lot of colored masking tape that was easy enough for them to rip on their own. I encouraged them to “tape paint” the animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Cute and success!

Materials used: paper, pencil, colored tape!

Chinese Zodiac Animals Tape Chart