Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Little Hero Capes

This past Saturday, I hopped over two rivers to check out the Renegade Craft Fair, basically Etsy Live.  I didn't anticipate that I would have something to write about, that's why I was so excited to find Little Hero Capes.

Allison Faunce shared her inspiration story with me: her son would use dish towels as super hero capes, but they didn't stay on and they weren't nearly cool enough. That's when she took to designing her own, and they're way cooler than dish towels.

There are a few things I love about this company:
1- The designs are beautiful, bright, and homemade
2- You can purchase a "courage cape" on the company's site that gets donated to a child in a hospital
3- They foster the kind of outdoor, imaginative play that we keep trying to reintegrate into kid culture

The best part of Allison's booth was this sign:

What are some other ways we can support kids' imaginative play and be a hero to a child in need?

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Odyssey Initiative

Our education system is flawed in a major way. It's something we're all aware of, and something we talk about, but so few people are actually taking action to change it. I was so excited when I heard about my college friend Michelle's new project, The Odyssey Initiative.

This September, Michelle and her colleagues will tour the 50 states to visit some of the country's best schools and classrooms. They'll observe, document, and showcase (on their website), the best teaching practices used by the best teachers in America. They're hoping other teachers will use their site and implement some of the country's teacher's best practices into their own work.

In order to make this happen, they're raising funds on their Kickstarter page. They've only got a month left to raise money for this amazing journey. Check it out and support in whatever way you can!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tea Party 2.0

Tonight is a night for catching up. Along with that is catching up on my blog. Where have I been all this time?!

In addition to some really exciting and interesting work that's kept me busy most hours of the day, I had the great opportunity to attend Fred Forward in Latrobe, PA. I owe you lots of posts and goodies, dear readers. I thought I would kick it off with this fantastic YouTube video that was shared at the conference of two girls playing tea party. What's different/unique about how they're playing?