They changed Facebook again? Why is my menu now on the left? Is yours on the left yet or is it just me? Also, we’ve changed to Google Docs here at work, and more than one coworker has caught me muttering at my computer while gesturing wildly with my morning cup of chai.
We can all be a bit puzzled when faced with technology changes and renovations. Have you been to The Mailbox website recently? We updated it to improve your access to our database full of ideas and to make your planning easier, but then we had some normal glitches with the website launch. I’m not part of the website team, but I’ve seen my coworkers on that team working at all hours and running around with crazy sleep-deprived eyes and messy hair. (I suspect the messy hair is a result of technology-related hair pulling.) Due to their diligence, our new website is cruising along, and they’re tackling any remaining challenges like the superheroes they are (superheroes with sleep-deprived eyes and messy hair.) It all reinforces the fact that I work with great, dedicated people.
Thank you, Mailbox teachers, for being patient and letting us know when you ran into problems. You’ve helped us pinpoint the areas on the website that needed attention! Please know that we here at The Mailbox understand. We’ve all been teachers, and we know how crazy busy you are.
I don’t know about you, but I always find that some painty process art helps me reduce my frustrations. So with that thought – here are a couple of my favorite painty process art activities! Both you and your youngsters will love these!
Materials for one:
shallow pans of paint
1. Dip a cotton ball in a pan of paint.
2. Drop the cotton ball on the paper.
3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 using different cotton balls and colors of paint.
4. Remove the cotton balls and discard them.
Materials for one:
9” x 12” piece of aluminum foil
9” x 12” construction paper
containers of paint
1. Gently crumple the aluminum foil and then open and smooth it again.
2. Paint the foil with different colors of paint.
3. Place the construction paper atop the foil and use your hands to press down gently on the paper.
4. Lift the paper off the foil and discard the foil (or let it dry and use it for future collage opportunities).