Happy Fall!

Hot air balloons in the air and after school literacy and origami. This year I am teaching origami every Wednesday in after school sessions. This is made possible by a grant through KNME. This wouldn't have happened without the lovely Hollie Lovely. Literacy is shared through viewing "Reading Rainbow" episodes, books , origami and storytelling. I continue to learn more from the kiddos than I teach them. I marvel at their designing. I am a huge fan of "kid art" and enjoy watching them decorate their origami models. The paper cup and hat continue to be such classics. Thank you to author and illustrator Rex Barron for assisting me with diagrams. It has been a treat to work with this talented man. Check out his site http://www.rexbarron.com/ and check out his whimsical books and great art.

I'll attempt to attach a complimentary hand out of the classic cup and hat. Enjoy it yourself and with children.

Let's continue to share peace with a piece of paper.
Hello again!

I will be presenting at New Mexico's Early Childhood conference March 29.
I think the presentation is entitled "Origami as a Companion to Picture Books"
This has been a popular presentation and workshop with new treats in store.

Oh my! There are sooo many FABULOUS things unfolding.

Saturday, May 17, 2008 3-5 PM

Origami Workshop

Learn at least 10 models including the flapping bird from Mary's award winning book
Models: Cup, Hat, Basket, Box, Spinner, Hopping Frog, Talking Lips, Flapping Bird ,Crane and Dragon (a fabulous NEW model)
"Spread Your Wings and Fly"

Title Wave Books Bookstore
1408 Eubank NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112

To Register contact Mary at mcspossibilities@yahoo.com
Cost $20.00 Materials included (lots of fun paper)

I am thrilled to have such a wonderful space to hold a workshop and want to do this on a regular basis so folders can add to their skills as well as introduce new people to the wonderful world of origami.
I am happy to be working once again with my local PBS station KNME and the lovely Hollie Lovely this year. We will be presenting Young Writers and Illustrators workshops sponsored by Reading Rainbow for their annual contest. I feel honored to work with such a great station. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and encourage children, which is my bliss.

I watch many programs on PBS including the children's programming. It just keeps getting better and better. For more info about the contest, search PBS locally and Albuquerque's KNME.

Happy writing and illustrating on your own for your personal pleasure.

The Benefits of Origami as Handwork

Working with your hands - whether you sew, paint or play a musical instrument - may be the ultimate way to beat stress and tension. Handwork puts you into a more relaxed state where you are free to be more creative. Its almost a form of hypnosis. You'll reap maximum benefits if you spend 30 minutes to an hour each day on the activity.

Steven Lamm, MD


"In all cases it is great help to have as many resources at hand as possible, as the hands lead the way to learning and logic. The hands absorb and transmit indescribable messages and information to the brain in the most thorough way available to us. Yet we often limit the hands of the school child to the stultifying dimensions of a pencil, a ruler and the pages of a book."

Making Things, The Handbook of Creative Discovery

Ann Wiseman


The hands lead the way to learning. Aristotle
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