The year in review 2015

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Image Jo Freitag

“I still say Memory Elephants are overworked!” grumbled the Memory Elephant. “First you wanted me to help you write the Gifted Resources’ Activity Report for the year and now you want me to review the posts on Sprite’s Site blog for 2015. Well, here is the review.”

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In 2015 Sprite’s Site participated in six of the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum blog hops  
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January: Gifted in reel life
We discussed some movies which depict gifted characters and the Gifted Resources Film Discussion series.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/gifted-in-reel-life/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/on-the-gifted-in-reel-life-blog-hop/

March: A Day in the Life of a Gifted Homeschooler
Twitter Bird Retweet shared a presentation about a typical NEST ed day.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/one-nest-ed-day/

April: Gifted at Different Ages and Stages
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/do-you-grow-out-of-giftedness/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/on-the-ghf-april-2015-blog-hop/

May: Perfectionism and other Gifted/2E quirks
We saw the value of Sprite’s mentor, Paula the Physicist and gained a new character on the blog – the White Poodle.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/white-poodle-black-poodle/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/the-perfect-quirky-ghf-blog-wheel/

September: Parenting Gifted/2E kids on a shoestring
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/on-a-shoestring/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/09/25/post-blog-hop-post/

October: Discovering the depth and breadth of giftedness
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/discovering-the-depth-and-breadth-of-giftedness/

In 2015 Sprite’s Site also participated in eight of the Hoagiesgifted’ blog hops

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April: Anxiety https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/anxiety/
May: 2E kids https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/2e-is/
June: The gift of free time
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/the-gift-of-free-time/
July:Gifted relationships
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/friends-and-relations/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/gifted-relationships/
August: Gifted 101
We collected the stories of the lives of the members of the Tweet family.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/beginning-the-journey-gifted-101/
September: Over sensitivities (OEs)
We collected some of the stories about the over excitable Dabrowski Dogs.
Stories of the OEs https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/stories-of-the-oes/
October: How and When to Ask for Help
We assembled a panel of experts from Sprite’s Site to answer questions on the topic.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/asking-for-help-a-guest-expert-panel-qa-session/
December: Surviving the holidays
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/surviving-the-holidays/

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Image Jo Freitag

In January several of the characters from Sprite’s Site became 3D when they were made into Persona Dolls and a whole new blog, Personas, profiles and portraits, was created for them at https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/

The Sprite’s Site posts about them in January were
Memory elephant in the room
Bearnice

The Sprite’s Site characters and the Persona Dolls appeared in webinars and these were discussed on Personas, profiles and portraits blog https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/  and Gifted Resources blog https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/

In February, having devoted much time to the new blog and activities associated with it Jo returned to Sprite’s Site
Back to base 

In March and April De Bono’s Six Action Shoes were mentioned
New blue boots
Pleading the pink slipper 

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Image Jo Freitag

April Fools’ Day saw Sprite trying to trick the Persona Dolls by suggesting that she could cross into their dimension.
The digital divide
The digital divide 2
The digital divide 3
Easter was celebrated in April this year
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/happy-easter-3/

Also in April we also encountered homework problems when the over excitable Dabrowski Dogs “helped” Sprite.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/back-from-the-hop/

In June we celebrated the blog birthday and New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week blog hop
Happy Birthday Sprite’s Site
Changing the way you see us

In July we met another new character. Sprite has been partnered with Prudence in the school’s buddy system.
Making connections
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Making connections 3

In August the topic of boredom was discussed
Boredom Bingo
Boredom Bingo 2
Boredom Bingo 3

And in September Jo decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s Back to Blogging #30postshathsept challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month. She chose to write 10 posts for each of her three blogs. The posts written for Sprite’s Site were posts about Posts.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/thirty-posts-hath-september-1/
and following posts.

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Image Jo Freitag

In October Jo participated in INKtober and a new portrait of the Sprite’s Site folk was created. The Lobsters held their annual Lobby Lobster Fest and the Dabrowski Dogs dressed up for Halloween.
Hat tips
INKtober

In November we tackled the topic of homework again with the Dabrowski Dogs helping Sprite to overthink the exercise of creating a timeline of events in Australian history.
Timelines 

And in December we thought about Christmas. The Persona Dolls held a Christmas party and sent their own greetings from their blog and the Twitter birds joined in a Bonus Advent series challenge with the Facebook 52 Illustrations Group.

Memories of Christmases past
Christmases present
Christmases future
Seasons’ greetings from all at Sprite’s Site

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“There is the 2015 blog review” said the Memory Elephant. “I hope you are happy with it. I am really looking forward to my holiday on 30 December!”

 

 

Christmases future

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Having discussed how Sprite had celebrated Christmas in past years with the help of the Memory Elephant and the activities which are being held this year Intellectual Dabrowski insisted that in order to maintain the Dickensian symmetry of A Christmas Carol we should now discuss possible future Christmases.

Of course Imaginational Dabrowski was happy to imagine future Christmases and, being an idealist and utopian thinker, his hopes centred around the world becoming a more peaceful place, people sharing resources, and being kinder to the environment.

Lone piper Angus McTvitter piped in with “Och, I love a guid Noo Year’s ferst foooting!”

And the Memory Elephant reminded everyone that before we could have a New Year’s Eve he would be celebrating Memory Elephants Day on 30 December

Christmases present

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After days of debate about which blog would host the Christmas celebrations the issue appears to be resolved.
The folk at Personas, profiles and portraits are sending out daily Seasons Greetings messages on their blog and on Facebook.
The Twitter Birds are going about their pre Christmas activities and staging their annual Nativity play and participating in the Facebook 52 Illustrations Bonus Advent Challenge.
Sprite will have her own celebrations and will not have to worry about fitting in with the other groups which will make the holidays less stressful.

Memories of Christmases past

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Jo Freitag

This year the folk at Sprite’s Site will be joining with the Persona Dolls to celebrate the Advent season leading up to Christmas. There had been quite a bit of debate about which blog should be the venue and what form the festivities should take.

The Memory Elephant was called in to recount how the season had been celebrated in recent years.

In 2010 the theme was ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ and culminated with the Twitter Birds releasing an album of Christmas songs titled Twelve Tweeters Tweeting!

In 2011  the theme was ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ and we watched the Twitter Birds preparing for Christmas and staging their annual Nativity play.

In 2012 we shared the Twitter Birds activities in an Advent calendar tree and opened a door each day

In 2013  we watched the preparations for Sprite’s Christmas festivities, the celebrations in the Mouse House in the skirting boards and the annual Twitter Birds Nativity play

And last year we collected Twitter Bird snow globes.

How will the season be celebrated this year?

Surviving the Holidays

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I found Sprite contemplating the Christmas tree which had been delivered to Sprite’s Site by an unknown person. It bore a strange resemblance to the spirals Sprite had drawn for her Australian history timeline.

“You know I think time should be represented as a series of spirals rather than a straight line” Sprite said.
“Well I also think the spirals are getting smaller and time is going faster.”
“And why do you think that?” asked Intellectual Dabrowski. “Do you have any solid scientific data to back up your contention?”
“Not exactly” said Sprite. “But it used to take forever to get from one Christmas to the next and now it seems like only a couple of months ago since we had last Christmas.
And there is so much to do to get ready for the holidays this year.”
“It is just a matter of perception of time” Intellectual asserted. “I seem to remember you saying how time seems to drag when you get bored in class
I think you will find that time will seem to travel faster while you are busy and enjoying the activities but much slower if you are bored.”

All the folk at Sprite’s Site seem to go into overdrive during the holidays!
We try to get everyone together for a group picture.
This year the Persona Dolls from Personas, profiles and portraits https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/ want to combine with Sprite’s Site for the celebrations. There are debates in progress about which blog should host the activities.
There are cards to send, presents (preferably not too expensive) to make for family and friends, decorations to hang, food to prepare and practices and performances for concerts and plays. Everyone is so busy!
The holidays are always busy for the Psych-Owl-Ogist.
The Twitter Birds always stage their Nativity Play.
All the Dabrowski Dogs always become very involved with all the holiday activities.
This is both a blessing and a problem.
It means that all the sights, sounds and scents of Christmas and the holiday days are experienced and appreciated at a deeper level but it can lead to sensory overload.

In the past P’est Pour Parfait, the Perfectionist Poodle, has insisted that everything must be perfect which has added to the stress  but this year I hope the White Poodle  will be able to ensure that striving for perfection does not take away the joy of the season.

This is a post for Hoagies’ Gifted December 2015 blog hop.
To find out what advice other bloggers have for surviving the holidays come on the hop with us starting at
www.HoagiesGifted.org/blog_hop_surviving_the_holidays.htm