T is for Tamela

That’s right. It was all about me last week.

Not really.

Every once in a while though, a letter will lend itself well to investigate a theme. Like when we were on K’s and my first thoughts were kangaroos and koala bears and so, voila, Australia was a theme. This time it worked even more perfect as it was T week, and well, my name starts with a T, and also, I came up with the idea–without even making the connections at first–to work on Native American projects. If you know me or have read my book, then you know that my heritage is rather important to me. All of my heritage, but especially the Native American parts.

So, I wanted to do it right. I did some research, checked out some books. I knew that most of what I told them wouldn’t be understood anyway, but still, I wanted to make sure it was accurate.

We talked about totem poles and how they were like address markers, placed in front of family dwellings to tell about the people who resided there. So, we wanted to make representations of Turtle’s family:

T is for Totem Poles!

T is for Totem Poles!

We took 4 toilet paper rolls and he chose 4 different colors. We thought of each rung and what member of the family it would represent. The first rung was for his grandparents and thought about what we could use to represent them.  For the paternal grandparents, we chose to use their heritage as it is very important to them. For the maternal grandparents, we thought of things they liked, books and the Steelers. :)

The next rung was for his brother, so of course: A Frog.

Froggy's Frog wears bowties. Bowties are cool.

Froggy’s Frog wears bowties. Bowties are cool.

Then his parents, so we have a teacher and a coffee drinking soccer player. :)

After that we got to his section, and of course, The Turtle. And he was super excited to get to play with glitter again. Have I told you lately how much I hate glitter? A LOT.

Glitter, beads and sequins give Turtle's turtle shine as much as he does. <3

Glitter, beads and sequins give Turtle’s turtle shine as much as he does. <3

The cutest part of this? After going through what totem poles are about, and about family and home and whatnot, Turtle looks at me and says “Where’s you?” MY HEART!

So, I told him I was the feathers on top. <3

At the end of the week, we made this:

T is for Tipi! Or Teepee. However you spell it.

T is for Tipi! Or Teepee. However you spell it.

And it was honestly, the funnest, easiest thing I’ve ever made for them. I got the directions from a book that I can no longer find and am not sure it exists in the world… which is too bad because it was awesome. I used PVC tubes instead of sticks and it worked super well.

The frame was made by tying together 6 six-foot PVC pipes.

The frame was made by tying together 6 six-foot PVC pipes.

It took about 10 minutes to set up and less than a minute to tear down and it’s ready to be put back up anytime they want.

And here, have some more Bonus!Koala Bear:

Koala Bear supervised all the tipi construction. :)

Koala Bear supervised all the tipi construction. :)

 

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