Sunday, 5 February 2017

Crafty Chick's Road Trip 2017

Hello fellow craft hoarders.....I mean papercrafters. Our trip to Scrapfest in 2016 was so much fun, we have decided to do it again. This time we will start out on Thursday April 6th. There will be pick ups in Kingston, Shannonville, Belleville and Cobourg. We will be staying at The Radisson hotel in Kitchener and enjoying a full breakfast before being shuttled to the Convention Center in time for the Scrapfest Crop. We will be staying until Saturday so you will have lots of time to crop and shop in the huge Scrapfest Market.

Your passport to crafty fun includes: a seat on one of McCoy's luxury coaches, 2 nights shared accommodation at the Radisson hotel, full breakfast on both Friday and Saturday mornings, shuttle service to and from the event, crop and market access and inspiration from some of the greatest retailers in the industry. We will even bring you home Saturday when you are too tired to think straight. All this for the amazing sum of $350.

 For those of you that would like a ride and crop space we only  have a limited number of seats reserved for $250. Hurry to reserve your spot. 50% non refundable deposit required at booking and the remaining balance is due 2 weeks prior to the trip. Book with three friends and you will all be entered in a draw for a brand new product from Creativation 2017. To reserve your space: email mygrandmasteacups@gmail.com


Friday, 3 February 2017

Allowing Children to Succeed

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This is not a craft post, it is however a post about using creativity to help children succeed. I think many teachers and administrators get bogged down by their workload, the increasing complexity of the curriculum, the stringent bureaucracy surrounding interaction with students and the overall pressure to reach the academic standards of the average child.

Unfortunately none of these pressures allow teachers to use their creativity to reach children that can not be formed into the cookie cutter mainstream student. The children who learn in very specific ways whether it is auditory, visually, hands on or something totally different.

There is a quote attributed to Micheal J Fox that says "If children can't learn the way we teach, we should teach the way they learn."

My child has Autism. I have to pick him up nearly every day because he has escalated into a flurry of aggression that the school is not trained to handle. (I should note he is in a connections program for Autistic children.)

When we look at the bulk of the incidents when he has had a meltdown it was instigated by staff trying to make him do things in the exact same format as everyone else. I get it. There is a curriculum to be followed. However, if a child is being sent home everyday because he won't do assignments their way, surely it would be more effective to allow him to complete tasks his way. There are only 6 children in the class and 3-4 staff. Surely someone can figure out how to let the children succeed by using their strengths to learn. My little man has a memory like no one else I know. When he was 4 he had already learned the names and catchphrase of each of the hundreds of Skylanders.  He knows the words to more songs than I do and he can figure out technology faster than I can keep up and I went to college for my Microsoft certification.

I get so frustrated that none of those strengths are being leveraged to help him learn.

By allowing children to use their own God given talents and tools designed to support their sensory needs all children have the ability to succeed in their own way.

We as the educators of these children (yes I consider parents as educators as well) should put away our measuring tape and allow these incredible children to show us what they are capable of, and do all that we can to help them succeed in their own way.

It is the diversity of abilities that allow people to do incredible things.




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Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Right Tool for the job.. The top 5 benefits of Cricut Products.

This post was sort of a rabbit hole as I was planning a tutorial for next week on how to use your Cricut Explore to make planner stickers. I was looking on YouTube to make sure the topic had not been covered 100 times already. I was surprised to see that most of the tutorials were for the cameo.

I have been a long term Cricut fan from the original right on through the Explore Air. Cricut had a few bumps along the way that upset fans of the product. Despite  that it is still one of the most user friendly digital cutter around.

Top 5 Benefits of Staying with Cricut.

#1 Backwards Compatability
They never abandoned the cartridges from previous machines.
#2Constant new innovative products being release
Cricut Vinyl, magnetic sheets,  markers, tools.
#3 Once master a Cricut the learning curve for the next machine is not bad.
#4 Print then Cut
So many new projects can be made with this feature alone
#5 Ability to load any svg to Design Space.
For people that are still bitter about losing SCAL this gives you back the ability to cut anything.

I know everyone has their own opinion but for me, I am firmly planted on team Cricut.

https://youtu.be/dbNdLBqvMTQ