On Nov 6, I talked about participating in PiBoIdMo (the brainchild of author Tara Lazar) and I thought I’d let you know how it’s going so far.

I’ve been able to come up with an idea every day, but it hasn’t always been easy. Which cracks me up because one of the first questions I usually get at school visits is “Where do you get your ideas?”and my answer has always been–from everywhere! Something I hear from a friend or family member, something I’ve read, something one of my kids has said or one of their friends…

And that’s still true. But I realized that the ideas I usually get will just pop into my mind at odd intervals and I’d note them as I was going through my day. Now, when I want an idea to come, it’s not always so forthcoming. I’m learning to not be so hyper-focused on “getting an idea,” and letting them come like they usually do. It’s been interesting to see how determined I am to get a new idea each day, to be able to fill that white square.

2014 Nov calendar 2And I also did the following:

  • Stalked the Internet, reading articles about toddlers and kindergartners–what they like, what the don’t like, what they think is funny, and so on.
  • Talked to my sister who has a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old (both boys) about what their obsessions and/or interests are.
  • Thought back to my own kindergarten days and the preschool and kindergarten days of my kids.

The ideas came and I hope they keep coming. I’ve still got 17 days to go!

What about you?