Teachable Moment: Poster Board Stars

Well, every couple who lives in our apartment in the following decades is going to be finding gold glitter in every nook and cranny.  Jay came home from Crossfit and lunch with friends to find that Martha Stewart had exploded all over what used to be our living room.  He accurately  remarked that ours was either the apartment of the happiest, rowdiest, creative child and/or one, singular elementary school teacher.  At present there happens to be sparkles, paper scraps and paint brushes spanning the length between our the front door and bedroom.

The reason: star costumes for my Saturday afternoon kids.

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Here is my second installment of how to create vibrant, eye catching ( albeit inexpensive) costumes out of poster board.  You will find my tutorial on Poster Board flowers here, which was the costume for my first dance.  The stars that follow are for a song title My Whole Body Can Move which my students will be performing at a their fundraiser in February.  So if you are looking for easy decor for a dance or graduation ceremony, simple stage props for a pageant or like me costumes for your dance or play, here is your answer.  Continue reading “Teachable Moment: Poster Board Stars”

Teachable Moments: How to (cheaply) Make Large Flowers from Poster Board

I volunteer Saturday afternoons to help with an eduction program for children with Autism in New York’s Chinatown.  It is run out of the Chinese Christian Herald Crusaders Church which is a subsidiary of the non profit organization Hope for New York.  The organization strives to serve immigrant families by providing them with a community center to connect with one another and a variety of social services.  Currently, there is work underway for a fundraiser in February, where proceeds will help support the center’s valuable activities throughout 2014.

For the event, I have choreographed three dances for my students to preform.  The kids have enthusiastically spent the last three months practicing our pieces over and over.  My dedication to this endeavor even went as far as to (embarrassingly) have Jay film me preforming the numbers in our apartment living room so that my students could practice them at home.  I am excited to see the outcome of all their hard work.

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Now the next phase to conquer are the costumes.  The needs and abilities of my children vary from severe to moderate, and as such we have some students who want to take part but won’t be dancing as much as their peers.  Therefore, I am creating simple, sensory minded costumes for them to wear on stage to make them an equally vital part of the performance.  Each dance has a different costume and the first is bright, vibrant flowers for a hip hoppy, Cha Cha style piece.  The best part is that each of our three costume styles will be created for less than $2.50 a piece.  This is a fundraiser after all!

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