Happy New Year, 2017, everyone! Hi, it’s me, Tameka. I hope that everyone had a nifty New Year’s Eve celebration! My mom and I watched “The Twilight Zone” marathon on the Syfy Channel. This is my favorite New Year’s Eve tradition to share with my mom. I wore my “Happy New Year’s” purple star antennas, purple feather boa and New Year glasses.
My favorite episode is named, “It’s a Good Life.” a six-year-old boy named Anthony has psychic powers and everyone in the town has to think “good thoughts” or Anthony will banish them to a cornfield.
Later, my mom and I watched the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. The best part of my New Year’s Eve celebration was that I had the chance to watch fireworks that were set off by other people in my neighborhood through our window with my mom.
On Tuesday, January 2nd, some of the other Arc Participants and I also made New Year’s Arts and Crafts such as, 2017 Party Hats, Noise Makers, and Paper Plate Banners.
I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the book “The Night Before New Year’s” by Natasha Wing to my fellow Participants.
During the month of January, the classrooms of The Arc had outings to the San Antonio Aquarium; my classroom (named The Arc’s Arc Press Club) went on our outing on Wednesday, January 18th.
The other Participants and I learned that the San Antonio Aquarium had its grand opening dates on December 12th and December 17th 2014 with ribbon cuttings beginning each day. The exhibits at San Antonio Aquarium offer us the opportunity to touch a shark, feel the soft skin of a ray, feed birds in the aviary and get up close and personal with reptiles from the world’s rain forests. The Aquarium also has a “Jurassic Jungle” exhibit that fascinates dinosaur fans. These life-sized dinosaur replicas breathe, blink and roar.
In February 2015, my classroom, my mom and I went to the San Antonio Aquarium. My mom and I had a great time looking at all the different types of fishes. The greatest highlight of my visit to the Aquarium was meeting an Aquarium employee dressed as a mermaid. Mermaids are my favorite mythical beings because after I watched Walt Disney’s animated movie, “The Little Mermaid,” I wished to be a mermaid so that someone could perform magic and give me legs to walk with.
During the week of Tuesday, January 17th and Friday, January 20th, the other Participants and I learned about the life and legacy late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We watched the video, “Our Friend, Martin.” It is a 1999 animated children’s educational film about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement. Two friends travel through time, meeting Dr. King at several points during his life. It featured an all-star voice cast and was nominated for an Emmy award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour). It was also the final release under the CBS/Fox Video name.
The other Arc Participants and I celebrated “Winnie the Pooh” Day (January 18th) Wednesday, January 18th and the birth of one of the most famous children’s writer of all time, and the creator of the “hunny”-loving golden-brown bear, Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne. On January 18th, 1882, the British author was born. To celebrate the day, we read Winnie the Pooh books and made Winnie the Pooh inspired arts and crafts, such as Winnie the Pooh Masks and Paper Bag Puppets. To celebrate the ninety-first anniversary of the publication of Winnie the Pooh, the Disney Junior Channel had a special episode of their show, “Doc McStuffins.” The series is about a girl who can talk to and “fix” toys, with help from her toy friends. Doc McStuffins and her toy friends will meet Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Woods.
“Doc McStuffins” is my favorite television show for little ones. She teaches medical information on a level that small children can understand.
The first collection of stories about the character was the book “Winnie-the-Pooh” in 1926, and this was followed by “The House at Pooh Corner” in 1928. Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, character Christopher Robin. Christopher’s toys also lent their who was the basis for the names to most of the other characters, except for Owl, Rabbit, and Gopher (added in the Disney version.) Christopher Robin’s toy bear is now on display at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library in New York City.
Christopher Milne had named his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear which he often saw at London Zoo, and “Pooh,” a swan they had met while on vacation. The bear cub was purchased from a hunter for $20 by Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn in White River, Ontario, Canada, while en route to England during the First World War. He named the bear “Winnie” after his adopted hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In 1961, A.A. Milne’s widow, Daphne Milne, also licensed certain rights, including motion picture rights, to Disney. Since 1966, Disney has released numerous animated productions starring Winnie the Pooh and related characters.
We had a great time celebrating A.A. Milne and his creation of Winnie the Pooh.
So, that was the joyous month of January at The Arc.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I’ll be back next time with my moments of the fabulous month of February.