Celebrations

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A meal or party is a feature in so many stories. It can mark the commencement of a journey or adventure, give a pause for relief in the middle or celebrate the achievement of a goal.
I wonder what type of meal Bearnice and the Persona Dolls are enjoying in this picture.
Is it the start of a grand undertaking, a simple pause for refreshment or the celebration of an accomplishment?

I think perhaps it celebrates the achievement of writing of ten posts for this blog for the #30PostsHathSept Challenge.
Thank you so much for setting up this challenge, Lisa. It has been very enjoyable writing posts for the challenge and reading the great posts of the other participants!

This is a 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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Storytelling

Each Persona Doll has a story to tell. They each have a profile and details of their background. They each have a journal or file which tells their story so that everyone will be telling the same story relating to a particular doll.

There are also many digital storytelling programs which can be used to tell the stories of the dolls.

Little Bird Tales
http://littlebirdtales.com/

Little Bird Tales is particularly suitable for use by children. It gives the opportunity to create their own illustrations by scanning and uploading images/photos or sketching on the online art pad, to write their story and to record it using their computer’s microphone. It is child friendly, easy to use and does not have any advertising on the site.
There is no cost to create an account- only a valid email address is required.

Storybird
http://storybird.com/

Storybird gives choices of subject tags and collections of artwork in many different styles to act as prompts for creating a picture story book. You can read about Storybird in one of their own books here http://storybird.com/books/about-us-a-peek-inside-storybird/  I notice that one comment on this page was from Jay who uses Storybird for creative writing with her class of gifted students.
It is easy to create imaginative stories and very enjoyable to read the stories that other people have written.
I created two stories (not about Persona Dolls) using this program.
Copy Cat http://storybird.com/books/copy-cat-3/
Freedom is http://storybird.com/books/freedom-is-13/

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Storyjumper
http://www.storyjumper.com/

StoryJumper is a site that gives teachers, students, parents, and authors a fun set of intuitive tools for writing and illustrating stories.
It allows use of your own illustrations as well as backgrounds and images offered in the program.

Click on the Create button which takes you to the StoryCreator tool. There is a short video that demonstrates how the tools work.
There is no cost to create a book. Digital and hard copies of it can be purchased if desired.

I created a story about Sprite using StoryJumper at http://www.storyjumper.com/book/index/5746162/jofrei

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For many, many more digital storytelling programs see 50+ Ways to tell a story http://50ways.wikispaces.com/

This is a 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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What next?

I have mentioned that from the beginning of this adventure I have been fortunate to have people who provided inspiration, information, and input of opinions. https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/sources-of-inspiration-and-encouragement/

But I do not know exactly where the journey will take me or what uses and roles my Persona Dolls will fulfil.

So far they have been used as illustrations for webinars about Neihart & Betts Revised Profiles of the Gifted & Talented

https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/ozelive-webinar/

https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/australia-e-series-tech-talk-tuesdays-webinar/

https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/australia-e-series-tech-talk-tuesdays-webinar-part-2/

There is a possibility that they will be used as examples of different types of student (not limited to gifted students) in training for mentors.

Other suggestions that have come from Facebook discussions are books and/or videos to tell their stories.

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If you have any other ideas I would love you to leave your suggestions in the Comments section.

This is a 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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Refugees, Zoombinis and Persona dolls

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Syrian refugee crisis

The world is shocked by the plight of the refugees being forced to flee from their homeland in Syria to escape from horrors of war in their country.

When the refugees finally reach a place where they can settle they will be faced with adapting to a new country with new customs and conditions. And the people in the country receiving them will need to learn understanding and show compassion for the new arrivals.

Play therapy can be useful in helping children deal with Post Traumatic Stress and adapting to new conditions and can also be used as an introduction to help children understand a little of what the refugees they will meet have experienced.

The book War, Conflict and Play by Tina Hyder
McGraw-Hill Education (UK), 1 Oct 2004
contains a section about the use of Persona Dolls in education and play therapy.
An excerpt can be read at  http://bit.ly/1IXBKBd
About the Author
Tina Hyder has worked with young children and their families in London for many years. She has written widely on a range of equality and children’s rights issues. Formerly a lecturer in early childhood studies, she is currently Diversity Adviser for Save the Children,UK.

Some descriptions of the use of Persona dolls with refugees can be found

Persona doll training in practice
http://www.persona-doll-training.org/ukresearch.html

Case studies
http://www.persona-doll-training.org/ukcases.html

Zoombinis
http://www.zoombinis.com/
Zoombinis is a classic computer game which has been updated and can now be played on iPad, Android and Kindle Fire tablets as well.
The Zoombinis are small blue creatures, each with distinct personalities and appearances. They are fleeing from their homeland to escape from the evil Bloats, who have taken over their land.
Players take on the role of guide and help the Zoombinis reach the safety of Zoombiniville.
Throughout the Zoombinis’ journey, the player has to solve logic puzzles involving deductive reasoning, pattern recognition, hypothesis testing, etc. to help the Zoombinis overcome many challenges to get to their new home.
A PDF file about educational materials to accompany the game can be found at http://www.zoombinis.com/assets/zoombinisandmathplay.pdf

I can see the game also being valuable as a teaching tool for discussing what it means to be a refugee.

This is a 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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Meet Leonda the Creative

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Meet Leonda.

She is very much like Michaela the Creative gifted student.

Like Michaela, Leonda is a bright, creative, moody, nonconformist who loves arts and crafts, music, dance and drama.
She is a confident, bubbling extrovert who talks very fast and very loudly.

Like Michaela she dances and cartwheels rather than walking sedately and some of the teachers wonder whether she has ADHD.
She loves wearing clothes with sparkles and frills.

Some teachers consider her to be rebellious and have discipline problems. They can easily find themselves in a power struggle with her as she often expresses her strong opinions and convictions quite forcefully.

Leonda needs parents, teachers and mentors who will recognize and encourage her areas of talent and focus on her creative potential.
While there needs to be tolerance of her individualism she does need instruction in interpersonal skills and help with her organizational issues.
She needs teachers who understand that just because she looks at life differently or because she is challenging their way of thinking does not mean she is necessarily wrong.
She needs multi sensory learning experiences that allow her to learn and express herself creatively and opportunities to collaborate and create with other students.
She needs opportunities to lead dramatic activities and be the drama queen in a legitimate context.
Her feelings need to be respected and her original thinking needs to be encouraged.

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This is a 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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An Animal Friend for Every Persona

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There is no rule about which of the 3D dogs or other animals should accompany a certain Persona Doll but some of them just seem to suit each other’s character so well.
Of course they can be all be found on Sprite’s Site so Sprite can be seen with varying combinations.
The animal characters on Sprite’s Site are described at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/about-the-characters/

Here are some of the other friendships I have noticed.

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Miranda the Successful is a perfectionist but not not to the point that it causes problems for her so she is often seen with the White Perfectionist Poodle

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Edward the Autonomous Learner is very happy in the company of Intellectual Dabrowski.

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Felicity the Underground (Don’t notice me) Gifted student has a nondescript little dog of her own but often Chicquita Cheetah (a friend of Columbus Cheetah) will be found encouraging her to be brave enough to demonstrate her giftedness.

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Michaela the Creative is often to be seen with Caramel Cat, Imaginational Dabrowski and the colourful Happy Anteater.

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Vincent (Vince) the At Risk Gifted student often spends time with the scruffy, itchy Sensual Dabrowski because the both appreciate beauty and are very aware of sights, sounds, scents and textures.

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The Country Kids, Adam and Evelyn both love animals.
Evelyn has a little pet dog as well as many other animals.

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Adam is often seen with either Intellectual or Psycho Motor Dabrowski.

This is a 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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The 3D dogs

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The dogs from Sprite’s Site Blog are also revelling in gaining a third dimension. I am collecting, sewing or knitting dogs to accompany the Persona Dolls.

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The five Dabrowski dogs are Sprite’s constant companions on Sprite’ Site Blog.
They are personifications of the characteristics described by Dabrowski’s Over-excitabilities. Stephanie Tolan has written an excellent Layman’s Explanation to Dabrowski’s Over-excitabilities at http://www.stephanietolan.com/dabrowskis.htm
You can read the stories of the Dabrowski dogs at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/stories-of-the-oes/

So far I have not been able to find or create exact matches for all the Dabrowski dogs. The scruffy little fellow is definitely a good match for Sensual Dabrowski but all the other dogs are only approximations and I am still looking for a better match for them. There are two candidates for the role of Emotional Dabrowski but the ideal would be a large soft brown and white dog in a sitting position. The dog representing Psycho Motor can also be used as Intellectual but the ideal for Intellectual would be a Border Collie.

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Other dogs who inhabit Sprite’s Site Blog are the Black Dogs who represent possible causes of depression and the Perfectionist Poodles, the black P’est Pour Parfait and the White Perfectionist Poodle.

You can read their stories at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/white-poodle-black-poodle/

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This is a 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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An Added Dimension for the Sprite’s Site Characters

Sprite is not the only character from Sprite’s Site blog to become 3 Dimensional thanks to my interest in Persona Dolls.

I found the Memory Elephant from Sprite’s Site  represented by an elephant rocker I found in a local Op Shop https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/the-memory-elephant-in-the-room/  

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And several other characters have gained a third dimension

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Columbus Cheetah Mythbuster https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/columbus-cheetah/

 

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Lame Cheetah toy for Sprite

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Caramel Cat

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https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/donkeys-live-a-long-time/  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/donkeys-live-a-long-time-3/

This is a 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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Sources of inspiration and encouragement

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From the beginning of this adventure I have been fortunate to have people who provided inspiration, information, and input of opinions, gifts of materials, encouragement and even prayer support!
The initial inspiration for the project came from the teacher who contacted me with questions about giftedness for her own Persona Doll project

My lovely friend and prayer partner Judy Murcutt joined in the adventure with great enthusiasm from the beginning. She gave me foam balls for heads and metres of quilt filler material. She even sought information about making the dolls and brought me the frame for the doll which became Edward.
At each step she has happy to listen to my stream of thought ramblings and quick to pray about any concerns.

Another lovely friend and prayer partner Elizabeth Albiston has also been a great encouragement and given wise advice and practical assistance.
https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/and-now-read-on/

When I decided to create a full set of the 6 Neihart & Betts Revised Profiles of the Gifted and Talented I contacted Dr. Neihart and Dr Betts asking for permission to reference their work in this manner and received an encouraging note granting it.

I also asked for advice and opinions from several psychologist and education consultant friends.
Janette Phelan a psychologist with Uplift Centre Pty Ltd in Brisbane visited during the Summer holidays and had many suggestions for possible uses of the dolls for PD, counselling, play therapy as well as teaching empathy in early childhood education settings.
Janette warmed especially to Vince the At Risk Profile student and said there were some excellent programs for graffiti artists in Brisbane

 

On 3 Feb 2015 I wrote to Janette

Hi Janette

The Persona Doll project is going along well.
I have the clothes for the remaining 3 of the Betts and Neihart profiles but not the materials to make the forms yet.
Plus I now have Bearnice and the Memory Elephant.
I have set up a new blog specifically for the project at https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/

One of the posts I will write will be about discussions/suggestions/advice/help I have received.
Would you be happy for me to include the discussion we had when you visited (especially in connection to Vince, the graffiti artist) with a contact link for you?

Kind regards, Jo

Janette replied

Happy for you to include the discussion and contact details!
And of course say I am in Brisbane.

If there’s any particular fabrics you’re looking for, let me know. 
I may have something suitable in my stash. 
Nothing came to mind when we were talking but you never know…
Good luck getting the timber!

Janette Phelan
Psychologist
Uplift Centre Pty Ltd
janette.phelan@cofcqld.com.au   

And then there have been all the social media friends who have shared the excitement of the project especially the folk from the Creative Chaos Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/brilliantchaosonline/  founded by Lisa Lauffer of Artisan of Creative Miracles

Lisa Conrad of Gifted Parenting Support  and moderator of Twitter #gtchat   and Susanne Thomas of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum and Building Wingspan blog were both very encouraging.
Dr Edith Johnston of How to in life http://www.howtoinlife.com/about/ was particularly helpful and we have enjoyed several discussions on Facebook.

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This is a 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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Thirty Posts Hath September 1

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I have decided to accept 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/

The Americans have just finished their long summer holiday and this is Lisa’s way of getting back into the swing of blogging.
In Australia we are approaching the three quarter mark in our school year and a spring holiday. I have not had time away from blogging but would like to accept the challenge anyway.

But I am going to approach it in a slightly different manner. I have three blogs – Gifted Resources Blog, Sprite’s Site and Personas, Profiles and Portraits.
So I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of them during the month of September.

Gifted Resources Blog posts may be flyers for coming events or programs.
The posts for Personas, Profiles and Portraits will probably relate to the creation and use of my persona dolls and their accessories.
And for Sprite’s Site I will endeavour to post about posts!

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