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 Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Jake Parker created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavour with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Read all about the rules of InkTober and the materials to use at the website

Last year I took the InkTober challenge and joined in with INKed, a group of ink artists on Facebook where I have a folder of my ink drawings. We had a list of suggested topics which we could use if we wished. I used the daily prompts but also used the month to make ink portraits of the characters on Sprite’s Site blog

This is the picture of the Sprite’s Site community which resulted from Inktober 2014

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The topics suggested by the INKed group for this year, which I decided I would use, were:
There are no themes for INKtober but if you are stuck and can’t think of anything to draw, please feel free to use these prompts to help you with ideas.

  1. Zodiac
    7.Sea Creatures
    9.Exaggerated perspective
    10.Something from space
    14.Lions, Tigers and Bears
    17.Family Portrait
    18.Movie/Book Title
    19.Mythical Creatures

Day 17 Theme was Family Portrait.

This is the picture of the Sprite’s Site community which resulted

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Other pictures inked this year which will be useful for illustrating Sprite’s Site blog are

Day 13 Shoes

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Day 15 House

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Sprite was quite offended to see that I had used a picture from 1 June 2015  of her to illustrate Exaggerated perspective on Day 9

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But the Twitter Birds were pleased to see Twitter Bird pictures on Days 18 22 and 30

This is the composite picture made up from all the pictures for each day of INKtober this year.

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2E is

The topic for the Hoagiesgifted May Blog hop is 2E kids

So I asked Sprite to tell me what being a 2E kid means to her and here is her response and links to some websites, articles and resources.


If Gifted = Asynchronous Development, then Gifted/Special Needs = Asynchrony Squared by Lee Singer

Cherry Creek Schools Twice exceptional Distinguishing characteristics




Columbus Cheetah mythbuster







Dr Linda Silverman says so in The two-edged sword of compensation : How the gifted cope with learning disabilities






Doggy classroom dynamics


2E newsletter

Hoagies Gifted Twice Exceptional resources page

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Twice Exceptional resources page

This post part of the Hoagiesgifted May blog hop
To read all the posts go to






Pleading the Pink Slipper

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“You remember how Wistful Black Dog said I should blame forgetting to acknowledge the Psych Owl Ogist in the presentation on my learning difficulties” said Sprite
“He said that I should Plead the Pink Slipper. What did he mean by that?”

Dr Ed Needs, the Education Consultant, has given recommendations for Sprite’s education using the Feetspeak and De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes method of planning.

It includes opportunities for her to be accelerated in some subjects (do the most sensible thing brown brogues), to undertake research projects in her areas of passionate interest (grey sneakers) to have time with a mentor (purple riding boots) and to participate in some formal gifted withdrawal programs (blue formal shoes) at the same time as she receives the support she needs for her areas of weakness (the plaster cast and other aids) and the social/emotional and pastoral care issues will be addressed (pink slippers)

This means sometimes using Combinations of the De Bono 6 Action Shoes and Sprite wearing a different type of shoe on each foot. Sometimes she wears a Blue Formal shoe or a Grey Sneaker on her right foot and a Pink Slipper on her left foot.

Pink Slipper action planning leads to programs which take into consideration doing what is caring and compassionate and paying attention to feelings and sensitivities.
The possible Pink Slipper programs for Sprite could include programs that focus on social / emotional needs, pastoral and spiritual care and coping strategies. They could also be service clubs, environmental concern groups and fundraising programs.
Some of the programs are very helpful and necessary as support programs but most of them do not actually offer curriculum content.
The pink slippers could also represent special provisions such as additional time to complete a task or dictating to a scribe.

Sprite loves her De Bono 6 Actions Shoes Pink Slippers and has several pairs of them. She keeps a pair at school and has some at home. But she is quite self conscious about wearing just one pink slipper.

Sprite’s Can Do Adjustable Velcro strap sandals are not part of the De Bono 6 Action Shoes set but they provide the necessary adaptability and flexibility. Sprite likes the Can Do Sandals because they allow her to fit in and hide her difficulties so that she appears to be an average student.


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There are some times that Sprite cannot cope with wearing two Blue Formal Shoes, two Grey Sneakers or even two Can Do Adjustable Sandals and needs to wear a pink slipper on her left foot.

There are times when wearing one pink slipper is obviously the wisest and most suitable choice; for example when she needs the provisions and care of the Pink Slipper programs in order to be able to master the challenges of Blue Formal Shoes or Grey Sneaker Programs.
Sometimes one Pink Slipper is actually part of the modifications recommended by Dr Ed Needs using the S.C.A.M.P.E.R. method


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Sometimes Sprite decides herself that she will ignore her embarrassment and wear one pink slipper.
At times it is because she rightly knows that she will not be able to manage without it.
She will often wear one pink slipper when going into a new program or class as an indication to the teacher that she may not be able to manage all the formal requirements and may need modifications

On other occasions it is her perfectionism and anxiety that prompt her to wear one pink slipper so that she has an ready-made excuse if her performance is not up to expectations..

At times she just wants to avoid taking risks, challenges, boring tasks or difficult situations and wears one pink slipper to garner sympathy and claim exemption. I call that Pleading the Pink Slipper.

Because Sprite’s intelligence allows her to compensate for her learning difficulties she does not appear to need any extra provisions or remediation.  It is sometimes difficult to tell whether Sprite is ‘Pleading the Pink Slipper’ and it can cause misunderstandings with her teachers. She has been accused of faking.
It is something that Sprite wrestles with too. Imposter syndrome can kick in and make her feel that maybe she is not really gifted. If she really were gifted maybe she should not need any extra provisions. She mistakenly feels that she should just put on the Can Do Adjustable sandals, blend in and manage as well as she can without any concessions.
Fortunately her Purple Riding Boots mentor, Paula the Physicist, has overcome similar difficulties and encourages Sprite to accept help when needed and not to be concerned about wearing one pink slipper.

People who know Sprite well would know that if she is wearing one pink slipper it is usually because she really does need it or feels that she needs it and has had to overcome her reservations and embarrassment to do so.

It is much easier to tell when she is Pleading the Pink Slipper at home.
A few days ago I overheard Sprite talking to Intellectual Dabrowski.
“I am just going to sit here and read a novel and eat chocolate.”
“What do you mean I am malingering?”
“It really does hurt!”
“It is just a coincidence that there is homework to do and I don’t want to do my chores.”

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Donkey votes


“We are playing elections” Sprite told me.

“The main ones you can vote for are Intellectual Dabrowski or Guard on Duty Black Dog. They are both promising to do wonderful things but I know you can’t really believe them; because politicians break promises.”

“Psycho Motor Dabrowski is the campaign manager for Intellectual and he bounces up and down barking about how GREAT Intellectual is. And Little Bully Black Dog is the campaign manager for Guard on Duty and he runs around yapping about how BAD Intellectual is!
I am getting sick of hearing both of them!”

“If you don’t want to vote for either of them you can vote for Imaginational Dabrowski.
I like his ideas. He wants a kinder world where the environment is protected. But people say he does not have enough support to be elected or enough money to do the things he wants to do.”

“Oh and there are some really minor parties too. They are only interested in one issue. They are Caramel Cat’s Fat Cat party and the Lobsters’ Ban the Wicked Lemon Wedges party.”

“And what are all the others doing?” I asked.

“The pigs are here for the pork barrelling. The Origami Secretary Bird is a scrutineer and Beloved Snail is handling the postal votes” she said.

“So, do you want a voting paper and the how to vote cards?”
You might need to click on the picture to read the writing


“Oh and if you vote by numbering the boxes in the same order as the voting sheet Benjamin Donkey will get all your votes.”

“And who are you going to vote No 1?” I asked

“I can’t tell you that” said Sprite.


Sprite as a Persona Doll

As you may remember I decided to make a Sprite Persona Doll and bought a pattern and some trimmings.

And here she is!


I used a pattern for the largest size of Raggedy Anne doll but I embroidered the face of the Sprite doll I had envisaged.


I already had the calico and the filling I needed and found a wig and clothes in opportunity shops. The cost of the pattern and extra materials I needed to make her was approximately $25.00.

For Sprite’s Persona Biography see


My next task will be to make Biography Journals for both Sprite and Felicity


Not Sprite to Be – a Persona in her own right


I realized that it would be a real pity to try to turn the beautiful 74 cm doll I found in the Opportunity Shop yesterday into a Sprite Persona Doll. It would be almost impossible to change her without damaging her and she has so much character as she is.

I have decided that she is a Persona doll in her own right.
She is gifted, introverted, very sensitive and probably trying to hide herself from being noticed in the classroom.

So I have gone back to the previous plan to create a Persona doll for Sprite myself and have purchased a pattern and some trimmings.


Sprite to be


Since I wrote the blog posts for Gifted Resources blog and Sprite’s Site about Persona dolls I have been considering buying a 70 cm doll and dressing it as Sprite or sewing a calico doll from scratch. I searched the Internet and found that dolls could be purchased from the UK but it would be quite expensive and possibly take a long time to arrive.
I could purchase a pattern and I have just discovered that we do have a shop in Rosebud where I can get patterns, fabrics and craft supplies.
But God gave me a special blessing today! I walked into an Opportunity Shop which I visit fairly often and, right beside the counter, there she was – hiding her face and just waiting for me!
She cost the same amount as a pattern and must have just arrived as one of the store staff had not known she was there and the other said she was not there last week.
As I carried her through the shopping centre several people stopped me to comment on her, saying they thought I was carrying a real child until they looked closer.