The year in review 2015

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“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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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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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
Making connections 2
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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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!”

 

 

INKtober

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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 http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober

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 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/

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
    2.Birds
    3.City
    4.Hare/hair/hairy
    5.Ship
    6.Moon
    7.Sea Creatures
    8.Collection
    9.Exaggerated perspective
    10.Something from space
    11.Balloons
    12.Elephant
    13.Shoes
    14.Lions, Tigers and Bears
    15.House
    16.Pirate
    17.Family Portrait
    18.Movie/Book Title
    19.Mythical Creatures
    20.Happiness
    21.Clocks
    22.Fence
    23.Cemetery
    24.Weather
    25.Butcher
    26.Bugs
    27.Green
    28.Carriage
    29.M
    30.Camera
    31.Halloween

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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The Finishing Post

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I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

And today we reach The Finishing Post.

A post-it note on the signpost declares that the challenge has been completed successfully.

Beloved Snail is bringing Sprite a postcard from Sprite Doll and the other Persona Dolls over at Personas, profiles and portraits blog https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/  notifying her that they are celebrating the achievement of 10 posts on their blog with a tea party.
Retweet and Tweetelle are still enjoying the benefits of the GHF Blog Hop on the topic of parenting gifted and 2E children on a shoestring budget
And Postman Pedro Perez  is delivering a letter from Gifted Resources blog notifying of the completion of 10 posts and the announcement of the next challenge – InkTober.
He said that as Sprite had enjoyed making an International Dot Day poster she should attempt to create one drawing in Ink every day during the month of October.

Sprite has enjoyed participating in this challenge and would like to thank you so much for setting it up, Lisa.

This is the final post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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Happy Birthday Sprite’s Site

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Sprite’s Site blog celebrates its birthday in June.
Although my personal blog was created and the  Hello World post was entered in December 2008 it started to be used as Sprite’s Site on 13 June 2009.
It has been a good opportunity for the characters to come together for a picture.

To see how the blog birthday has been celebrated in previous years see https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/birthdays/
 

Memory Elephant Day 2014

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Before going off for the annual Memory Elephant Day which is celebrated on 30 December the Memory Elephant helped me sum up the past year 2014 as recorded on Sprite’s Site blog

There were 62 posts on Sprite’s Site during 2014. Some of the subjects covered were:

January 10 posts

Columbus Cheetah Myth Buster series
February 3 posts
GHF Blog hop Staying motivated throughout the homeschooling year
De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes 9: One size shoe cover system

March 3 posts
GHF blog hop Homeschooling (and parenting) Gifted/2E kids into their TEENS and beyond
Best Australian Blogs series
April 9 posts
April Fools prank
Best Australian Blogs series
Autism Awareness month
Easter
Earth Day
GHF Blog Hop Promoting health and wellness in the gifted/2E child
May 4 posts
GHF Blog Hop Tips, Toys, Tricks and Tools for Gifted/2E Kids blog hop
Hoagies Gifted Blog Hop The G word
Hoagies Gifted Blog Hop Gifted@Play
June 1 post
Gifted Awareness Week New Zealand 2014
July 4 posts
Donkeys live a long time series
Hoagies Gifted Blog Hop Summer reading
Hoagies Gifted Blog Hop Friendships

August 2 posts
Donkeys live a long time series
September 5 posts
GHF Blog Hop Giftedness – Why does it matter?
Hoagies Gifted Blog Hop Gifted – How?
Hoagies Gifted Blog Hop Gifted advocacy
The doll house
October 8 posts
Persona dolls
Lobster fest
Halloween
GHF Blog Hop Gifted grown ups
Doggy classroom dynamics
November 8 post
Realism
52 Illustrations challenge
De Bono’s 6 Action shoes
S.C.A.M.P.E.R.
GHF Blog Hop Finding your community
Hoagies Gifted Blog Hop Holiday gifts
Voting
December 5 posts
Persona dolls
GHF Blog Hop Parenting OEs, 2Es and everything in between
Hoagies Gifted Blog Hop Holiday gifts
Christmas preparations

Sprite and co. have enjoyed sharing with you this year and would like to wish all our readers a very happy, healthy, safe and prosperous 2015

Best Australian Blogs 2014 Post 2

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Sprite’s Site has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/

The shiny Vote for Me Now button has arrived and been installed in the sidebar of the blog.

The Origami Secretary Bird is literally beside himself, having arranged for a copy of himself to be assembled, in order to cope with the extra organization required to keep the blog running smoothly as well as participate in the competition. He is grateful for Imaginational Dabrowski’s suggestion that the theme for this year should be ‘Along for the Ride’

If you would like to vote for Sprite’s Site (and Gifted Resources blog and as many other great Australian blogs as you wish) click on the badge in the sidebar of the blog and follow the link to the poll. Gifted Resources blog is on Page 2 and Sprite’s Site is on Page 4. Be sure to select all the blogs you wish to vote for as you will only be given one chance.

Best Australian Blogs 2014 Post 1

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Sprite’s Site has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/
The Origami Secretary Bird brought the news and the button to display on the blog sidebar.
Sprite was sitting in the garden listening as Columbus Cheetah and Intellectual Dabrowski discussed her school progress so far this year and what should be done to help her along Gagne’s DMGT road leading from natural ability to fully developed talent.
Intellectual Dabrowski was adamant that Sprite needed more testing to determine the best course of action for this year and that as the first term is almost over it should be done soon.

Sprite has participated in the Best Australian Blogs competition for the last three years.

In 2011Sprite ran her campaign like a political election campaign https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/best-australian-blogs-2011/

In 2012 Sprite organised events such as a Garden Party for the unveiling of the Voting Button, an exhibition of her shoes, a concert performance by the Twitter Bird Band and a Lobster Lolly Lobbing competition https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/best-australian-blogs-2012/

In 2013 Sprite installed a signpost and gave tours of the blog highlighting her participation in social media, webinars, blog hops and her local real life situation https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/best-australian-blogs-2013/

Sensual Dabrowski scratched his head and expressed the opinion that there would not be enough time to stage special events for the Best Australian Blogs competition.
Not only did Sprite have specialist appointments to attend but she had also committed them to going on the next Gifted Homeschoolers Forum blog hop.

Imaginational Dabrowski suggested a solution.

“This year the 2014 theme can be ‘Along for the Ride’. Sprite can invite her visitors to come along with her as she goes about her regular activities.”

“The Voting Button will arrive soon but before then Sprite needs to create campaign posters, pose for a portrait and spruce up the blog” said the Origami Secretary Bird.