Friday, April 2, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (Not Norman)

National Pet Day-
April 11th

take children along on a journey with a story
which asks and answers the question

What kind of pet would you like to have?


Go deeper with a conversation on...

Loyalty, Companionship, and
Honoring Differences


First Fridays-
A Story. A Song. An Activity

Virtual Storytime


A Story...



A Song...


"Flight of the Bumblebee"
Canadian Brass

(listen to a band like the one in the story)

a trumpet...
a trombone...
and two horns...

but can you find
the tuba?


An Activity...


Spring is here...

let's head outdoors for COVID safe
"Breathless Bubbles"!!

Friday, March 5, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (Go Away Big Green Monster)

We are spiritual beings
sharing a human experience...

joy
sadness
anger
fear
disgust

life happens... 

and the experiences it brings can seem
to take our emotions along for a ride

the range is extraordinary

as we can witness

joy turn into ecstasy
fear turn into anxiety
anger turn into bitterness

the cycle seems to be endless

but one of the gifts we can give
(to the next generation)

 is the ability to 

face, name, and identify what they feel
in order to regulate their own emotion

First Fridays-
A Story. A Song. An Activity

Virtual Storytime


A Story...





A Song...


"Belly Breathe" (Sesame Street)
featuring Common and Colbie Caillat w/ Elmo



An Activity...


Homemade Play Dough

2 cups flour
3/4 cup salt
2 cups water
2TB cooking oil
4 teaspoons cream of tartar (optional)
a few drops of food coloring (optional)


Extend the conversation...


Join us again next First Friday...
we're headed outdoors!!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Show Grace. See Grace. Be Grace (One Hundred Days of Grace)

One Hundred Days of Grace

extends well beyond
100 calendar days

but rather has become

a way of living
a way of life

and I am increasingly amazed
by how God continues to 

show Himself
reveal Himself
unfold Himself

in our daily lives
as we aim to...

show grace
see grace
be grace


One Hundred Days of Grace
March 1- June 8

@tondra_denise
#onehundreddaysofgrace

Monday, February 22, 2021

What? Why? How? (One Hundred Days of Grace)

What?

One hundred consecutive days 
(my journey begins March 1) 

of noticing...

something
one thing

each day

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Why?

We let so many moments of grace slip past by 
failing to see the beauty in our everyday lives

So...

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How?

Stop.
Notice.
Appreciate.

and when you see grace...

take it in!

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There's no wrong way to
start your journey...



You may choose to document it with a photo
journal the moment, or share with someone else


One Hundred Days of Grace
March 1- June 8

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Your Life as a Flameless Candle

We use flameless candles in places
we fear real fire may be a threat...


(we want)

the ambience
the look
the illusion

without any of the assumed risks

(and similarly)

we live our lives in the same manner

we lay low
stay calm
keep quiet

because we do not
wish to start fires

with our words
with our passion
with our lives

But what if a fire is exactly
what we need right now?

a spark
a flicker
a flame

to ignite these dry places
causing them to catch ablaze


Fire brings...

warmth
light
fueled passion
renewed purpose


It transforms...

raw
dead
flesh

into roasted feasts
fit for kings

But we fear it's real power
because we're observant

we've seen it left

unmanaged
unattended

and watched
it quickly turn

becoming wild 
and incontrollable

so...

instead of allowing the
real flame of the Spirit

to ignite, burn down,
consume and destroy
 
all of the chaff

we continue living our lives as illusionist
battery-operated flameless candles

with no full purpose

Thursday, February 4, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (Shades of Black)

In 1976
Black History Month

was extended to include
a full month of recognition

(but the month of February) 

should not be the only time when Black history, 
culture, and contribution is noted and celebrated

It should be celebrated daily!

Use this time to start (or extend)
the timely conversation


Cultural Diversity, 
Appreciation, and Positive Self Image

should be reinforced
w/ ALL children DAILY

First Fridays- 
A Story. A Song. An Activity

Virtual Storytime


A Story...


A Song...


"Celebration" /Kool and the Gang
Voices for Change/Songs Around the World

An Activity...

"I am Black. I am Unique."


Find your shade?
visit www.crayola.com
(to learn about tones and undertones)

Friday, January 29, 2021

How to Respond to Trouble

We find many ways to express it...
Have designed many ways to say...


Nope
Nah
Unh-Unh


I'm good
I'll pass
No thanks

So when you need to use voice
when trouble comes your way

just smile

and respond
with a kind, yet firm

No, thank you
Not today

(sharing here today)