The holidays are upon us and like many of you, my family takes this opportunity to do some traveling. I always have this idyllic picture in my head of what fun we will have in the car. I pack the activity bag, snack bag and comfy blankets only to hear 5 minutes into the trip – “Mom, I’m bored!” This year I’m determined to not hear that phrase come out of my childs mouth. I ran across something during a google search for activities. I think I might have stumbled upon the greatest boredom buster of all time. JOURNAL TOPICS! Now, I’m not going to create this stunning journal filled with philosophical ramblings. I am going to use these as conversation starters – Brilliant.
For example:Your teacher gives you a camera and asks you to take pictures of three things you like at school. Explain what you take pictures of and why you like these things. I love this question. I might actually get my middle-school daughter to enlighten me about her school day, which isn’t always easy to do. While, I’m not in school I am at work and if I apply this question to my day it’s pretty easy what three photos I would take.
First, I’d take a photo of our staff at Jackson School of the Arts. Talk about talent – wow! Our instructors of Art, Theater and Dance are top notch in their fields. Our administrative staff is amazing and our Executive Director is the best in the biz. I am so lucky to working with so many great people. My second photo would be of our students. Imagine a bunch of happy faces scurrying to get to class. Pure joy – that is what the photo of our students looks like. The happiest parts of my work day are of these adorable faces pressed up against my office window saying hello and being silly! The last photo would be of the Masonic Temple – our future home. We’ve been working on this project for the past year and I’m so proud of the work we’ve done. By this time next year, we will be in our new home and offering our community so many things to do, explore, create and engage in.
What would your photos look like? Why did you pick those particular three things to photograph? Who knows, maybe over the holiday break I will put together a fancy journal with some of these questions – not a bad idea!
Everyone at Jackson School of the Arts wishes you and your family the merriest of holidays and a joyful New Year.