Ever feel in a bit of a rut?

Sometimes one can feel in a bit of a rut in the middle of winter.  Here is how Gus The Bus gets out of her rut.

As Spring is just around the corner, watch out for Dewey the Raindrop coming soon to this page…

As ever, sending much love and care to you,

Nicole

AKA Ms. Bits N’ Bobs

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Belief The Leaf – Ms. Bits N’ Bobs and Her Magical Cape Episode #5

Happy 2018 Everybody!

Belief The Leaf is a leaf who really wants a name of her very own. She searches through Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, playing games and singing songs until finally with the help of the kids and Ms. Bits N’ Bobs her wish is granted.

xoxo

Ms. Bits N’ Bobs

aka Nicole

 

JOLLY LOLLY WADDLEDUCK – Ms. Bits n’ Bobs and Her Magical Cloak

Welcome to Episode #4 of Ms. Bits N’ Bobs and Her Magical Cloak – JOLLY LOLLY WADDLEDUCK.

Jolly Lolly Waddleduck and her friends just love to play and rhyme. They go on an adventure and Mrs. Waddleduck cannot find them. Ms. Bits N’ Bobs and her friends help out.

Happy Holidays from The Land of Imagination!

Thanks for watching!

xoxo

Nicole (AKA Ms. Bits N’ Bobs)

 

 

Ms. Bits N’ Bobs and Her Magical Cloak – Freddy The Fish

Welcome to Episode #3 of Ms. Bits N’ Bobs and Her Magical Cloak – Freddy The Fish.

Freddy is a little afraid of the ocean.  This is an issue, because Freddy is a fish and fish need to be in the water.  Ms. Bits N’ Bobs and her friends help out.

Thanks for watching!

xoxo

Nicole (AKA Ms. Bits N’ Bobs)

PS:  If you enjoy the show, please like, comment and share.

 

 

 

Ms. Bits N’ Bobs and Her Magical Cloak – Billy The Bunny

Hi Everyone:
Please share this episode with your kids, your grand-kids or anyone who just needs a smile. 2-5 year olds are the perfect age-group.
Billy The Bunny is having issues putting on his tee-shirt. Ms. Bits N’ Bobs and buddies help out a friend.
I hope you enjoy Episode #2.
xoxo
Nicole

 

 

Here’s an Arts N’ Crafts Activity so you can make your own “Bit N’ Bob” to go with this weeks episode and put on your own magical cloak.

Let’s Get Dressed

 

Ms. Bits N’ Bobs out and about the town

Hi Everyone:

Here is a little preview of my next episode coming soon .  I hope you enjoy.

xoxo

Nicole

Creativity Class Song and Video

Tom Sturges and I run a Creativity Class every year at our local elementary school, Grandview Elementary, Manhattan Beach, a wonderful school all three of my children attended.

A group of 5th graders,  along with Tom and I, write a song each year.  After 5 short sessions together, we go to a recording studio and record the song.  This version is inspired by the much more famous song.  We were also lucky enough to have Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers perform a guitar solo in the song.

Bailey Tibbetts, my thirteen year old, produced, directed and edited this music video.  As you might guess, I’m just a little proud of her.

I hope you enjoy “Wild Things”!

 

Happy Birthday “The Cat in The Hat”!

Today is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America Day.

Here are some upcoming “Cat in The Hat” shows.

 

The Cat In The Hat Thursday, March 2nd Malibu Library 3:30 pm

The Cat In The Hat Saturday, March 11th, Montebello Public Library 1:00 pm

The Cat In The Hat Tuesday, March 14th, Studio City Library 4:00 pm

The Cat In The Hat Thursday, March 16th, West Valley Library 4:00 pm

I thought I would share some of my favorite photos of The Fab Cat!

Truth?

TRUTH?

Tell the truth. It’s always best to tell the truth. I was taught this as a child and have passed it on without too much thought to my own children.

I was born in South Africa and immigrated to England when I was eleven. My parents, who cared strongly about education, moved us over at the end of the British summer. This was the beginning of the new school year, which was right in the middle of the South African school year (summer in South Africa is in December). This is relevant for two major reasons. Firstly, I cared more strongly about vacation vs. education (I mean who doesn’t). More importantly, I was in a relatively unique situation of experiencing two different cultures and two very different schooling systems within a week of each other, without a break, school seamlessly continuing.

We were studying the Boer Wars in history the week I left South Africa. For those of you not thoroughly up to date with your Boer War history – this was a series of wars between the British settlers and the Afrikaners/Boers (the Dutch Settlers) at the beginning of the Twentieth Century set in a young South Africa.

Amazingly, the week that school began in London, we also commenced the study of these same Boer Wars. Richly descriptive textbooks described the details of these wars. There was just a “minor” discrepancy in the clearly delineated black and white text – according to the South African textbooks, the Boers won the wars, according to the British textbooks, the British were the clear victors. I was eleven and NOT confused at all.

It clarified that if we look beneath the surface, that all “facts” that we read are to be double checked and then some. But how do we teach our children these concepts? My kids love telling me that I need to stop getting my source information from Facebook – a valid point. However, a lot of breaking news recently has hit Facebook before it hits the main media – for instance the recent “Women’s Marches” were all over Facebook for weeks and only hit the national and international media after the events. My youngest child loves telling me to check my sources, and apparently the Washington Post is the mecca of integrity. I hope you deserve the integrity placed upon you, Washington Post, ‘cos from the Boer Wars onward, I have been wary of all “facts” written in black and white. Winston Churchill’s quote “History is written by the victors” seems very appropriate in this day and age.

So who won the Boer War? I went online. It’s still unclear. Perhaps it’s still being fought between the British, the Afrikaners and the Zulus? (I know my South African readers are probably getting ready to respond with massive opinions about my lack of knowledge right now – had I continued to live there I might want to respond too. However, I am distanced by my move many years ago, for better or for worse.) All that I am left with is that these two cultures came away with two very different truths.

As you know, I am in the storytelling business. I am constantly asked questions by kids like, “Are you real?” or “Is the tooth fairy real?” In the world of fiction, everything is clear. Fiction is fiction.

Back to the world of facts: is a fact a fact? What is fact and what is opinion? Thus I pose this question to you all… How does one teach one’s own child to find the truth? Especially when the majority of us are putting our faith in the school system… And sometimes two different schools in two different countries will teach two opposite truths.