Hello lovely readers! This week, I'll be highlighting a few of the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers resources available. Andddddd the profits from sales from the Fischarper TpT store (i.e. what I would get after fees, etc. are taken out; only purchases from the TpT store) through 10/7/17 (it's extended!) go to Samaritan's Purse Hurricane Relief. As I mentioned here, I've recently had the honor of volunteering with Samaritan's Purse. My family also received from post-Irma assistance from SP, and they did an AWESOME job! It is a great organization, helping many people through several different ministries (they do Operation Christmas Child), so be sure to check it out! You can also donate directly to Samaritan's Purse Hurricane Relief.
Ok, on to some Fischarper TpT highlights!
Which resources from the Fischarper TpT store are your favorite? Also, let me know your favorite volunteer experience (or where you would like to volunteer) in the comments below!
Today I have a quick & very adaptable Halloween activity to share with you! (Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway!)
Large staff paper (there are some that are Halloween themed in this Fischarper Halloween packet)
Halloween erasers (or plastic spiders, candies, googly eyes, etc.)
Page protector (optional)
All you do is place the staff paper in the sheet protector, and make a game of where your student should place the erasers!
Here are some ideas of what you can practice:
If you'd rather not use Halloween activities, you could easily use these sheets with plastic spider and include it in a spider unit!
How would you use this activity?
And don't forget to enter the giveaway linked above!
One of the last posts over at my old blog site (Practice Your Lasagnos) compared & contrasted lever & pedal harps. Thought I'd brush it off (figuratively, of course) & update/edit it a little to post over in this space. So, here it is!
There are different types of harps, but the most common in the U.S. are pedal harps and lever harps (even harps with no levers or pedals). Both pedal and pedal-free harps follow the same basic idea. Lever harps are not necessarily beginner harps and can be used by beginners and professionals alike. There are professional harpers (lever harp players) and professional harpists. Some people can move levers very impressively! Whether or not a student plans eventually like to add the pedal harp to his/her repertoire, a lever harp will be beneficial and a good basis. Both types of harps can be used to play a variety of genres. Lever harps tend to be more affordable and generally more portable. :)
Some websites I'd recommend perusing for harps and harp information are Virginia Harp Center, Lyon and Healy, Salvi, Camac, Sylvia Woods Harp Center, Harp Spectrum, and Harp Column. These sites should be a good start. :)
Exploring the music that is played on the various models can be useful and fun. Some harpists/harpers you might like to check out are Jakez François, Louise Trotter, Greg Buchanan, Deborah Hensen-Conant, Park Stickney, and Susann McDonald, and, of course, Harpo Marx. :)
If you're a harpist/harper, do you prefer playing pedal or pedal-free harps? Let me know in the comments! Or do you have any questions? Just leave 'em below!
P.S. The www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/FischarperHalloween printable music activity packet is available in the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers store!
Embossing candles is nothing new. I think I was first introduced to this idea in Girl Scouts years ago. You can find tutorials all over the internet. But have you ever made your own harp candle (I'm not the first to do this either...my mom & a friend made them before too!)? I made some little harp candles as favors for the students who participated in the After-St.-Patrick's-Day recital.
Stamp a piece of tissue paper with embossing ink, using your stamp. Cover with embossing powder. Dump off the extra powder and melt the stamped area of powder with the embossing gun.
Trim the tissue paper around the stamp. Place stamped tissue paper on candle and heat with the embossing gun just until it's melted into the candle. Be careful not to turn the candle into a puddle of wax. :) (And don't burn your fingers either!)
P.S. Have you seen this week's video?
Is your favorite harpist cat ready for a new instrument? Have no fear, you can make a harp scratching pad (you know, kitty can have claws to play this one!), upcycling cardboard.
Watch the video above (don't forget to subscribe!) and/or follow the written instructions below to make your own!
cardboard cutout harp (you can make your own)
lots of strips of cardboard (about 1 inch wide)
hot glue gun
hot glue gun sticks
Cut out your harp shape from a piece of cardboard. Draw out the shape first, or just eyeball it.
You can use scissors or some type of craft knife. Be careful when cutting.
Need some more musical feline crafts? Try this catnip harp or this no-sew version!
As always, be sure to show me your take on the project (& your cute cat!) on social media. Tag me and/or use #Fischarper!
Well, I finally finished #100DaysOfFischarpArt a bit ago! You can read my earlier post about it here, but I decided to give the #100DayProject a bit of a more relaxed spin. I still aimed for 100 days, but if I skipped a day (or many days!), that was ok! Since I didn't stick to consecutive days, it of course took longer to complete.
I'm really glad I did it. If you're looking for a way to exercise your creative muscles, or even just want content for Instagram, this is a fun way to do it. It was a neat challenge to try to come up with 100 pieces of harp art, some simple, some more detailed.
If you'd like to try something similar, but don't want to commit to 100 days, Kiffanie is doing a similar project with her #52wackycakes, which is also cool! (While you're at it, check out her legal resources & blog....they are SO helpful!)
Have you tried the #100DayChallenge? Do you think you will? Be sure to share your hashtag in the comments so we can all check it out!
P.S. Have you seen this week's YouTube video? Don't miss the Blindfolded Harpist Challenge!
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